Wrestling icon Rob Van Dam, renowned for his dynamic in-ring persona and a career spanning over three decades, recently shared insights into his character development during his podcast, "1 Of A Kind." Van Dam, a celebrated figure in the wrestling world, is known for his predominantly 'babyface' (heroic) character, but has also experimented with a 'heel' (villainous) role on several occasions.
In the latest episode, Van Dam candidly expressed his preference for being a babyface, attributing his choice to the positive connection he shares with fans. "No, overall, I liked being a babyface. I mean, I like the fans. I like the love from the fans, you know.
Everyone loves me. They always have. Even when I'm a heel, I get a lot of love," the Hall of Famer stated, highlighting his enduring popularity regardless of his on-screen persona.
Van Dam's Heel Challenge
Despite occasionally playing a heel, Van Dam confessed that he found it challenging to elicit boos from the audience, which is typically required for a successful heel character.
"It can be fun, but overall, mostly I've been either a babyface or just an aggressive babyface. A heel that they like or a heel that is still a babyface," he explained, revealing his inclination towards maintaining fan support in any role.
Van Dam also reflected on a significant moment from his second stint in Impact Wrestling. During a pivotal triple threat match for the Impact Wrestling Tag Team Championship at Bound For Glory 2019, he turned against his then-tag team partner Rhino, marking a rare heel turn.
Initially hesitant about the storyline, Van Dam shared how he warmed up to the idea. "In my memory, it was the blink of an eye. It was a very short experience in my overall time in the ring," he recalled. This revelation from Van Dam offers a glimpse into the mindset and preferences of one of wrestling's most enduring figures.
His approach to character portrayal and the importance of fan connection in his career decisions underscore the complex interplay between wrestler personas and audience engagement in professional wrestling.