WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam has opened up about his relationship with the late Shad Gaspard, who tragically passed away at 39 while heroically saving his son from a deadly rip current at Venice Beach. In the most recent episode of his podcast, "1 Of A Kind," RVD took a moment to reflect on his time spent working and socializing with Gaspard, sharing intimate details about the late WWE star's aspirations and career moves.
"I'd see him quite a bit," Van Dam revealed. "He was a genuinely great guy. Losing him was a massive blow, not just for me but for the entire wrestling community. I can't specifically recall where our paths first crossed, but I do remember he was the one who introduced me to Cameo.
That's something I won't forget."
RVD on Gaspard's Ambitions
According to RVD, Gaspard was a man of many ambitions and was always on the lookout for new opportunities. "He was one of those go-getters, consistently getting involved in a variety of projects," RVD continued.
"In this business, that’s how you make it. You look for that one project that could potentially skyrocket your career, and Shad was always on the hunt for that next big thing." While most fans are well-acquainted with Gaspard's wrestling career, fewer may be aware of his efforts off the mat.
Aside from wrestling, Gaspard also dabbled in acting, appearing in minor roles in films like "Get Hard" and "Think Like a Man Too." Rob Van Dam emphasized that Gaspard was a multi-talented individual, always seeking to expand his horizons.
In addition to wrestling and acting, Gaspard had begun developing a graphic novel series, a little-known fact that further underscores his relentless ambition and diverse range of talents. RVD's heartfelt tribute serves as another reminder of the impact Shad Gaspard had on those around him, both in the wrestling ring and beyond.
His legacy continues to be celebrated, not just for his wrestling prowess but for his heroic final act — a poignant testament to the kind of man he was. Gaspard's life may have been cut short, but his memory lives on, immortalized by those who knew him and were touched by his extraordinary spirit.
And as the wrestling community continues to mourn, they take solace in the fond memories and lasting impressions left by a man who was truly one of a kind.