Jim Ross has recalled RVD and Sabu’s 2006 arrest for drug possession, calling the incident selfish, careless and a half-assed embarrassment.
Speaking on the latest episode of his Grilling JR Podcast, the legendary Jim Ross discussed John Cena’s meteoric 2006. Discussing, in detail, the goings-on backstage during the year in which Cena transitioned from young rapper to military hero following the release of WWE Film’s ‘The Marine’.
In 2006 then WWE Champion Rob Van Dam and long time friend Sabu were pulled over on U.S. 52 at about 10:15 pm for speeding offences following an ECW show in Huntington, West Virginia. Upon investigation of the crime scene, the reporting officers smelt Marijuana leading to further investigation into ‘The Whole F’in Show’s’ vehicle. During a sweep of the vehicle, US Officers found “18 grams of marijuana, five Vicodin, and other prescription pain pills“.
The arrest led to criminal possession charges for Sabu whilst RVD met with WWE’s Vice President of Talent Relations, John Laurinaitis, on July 3rd and would drop the prestigious WWE Championship just 22 days later ending his only run with the belt abruptly.
The focus of Jim Ross’ discussions eventually turned to the events surrounding Rob Van Dam’s infamous run as WWE and ECW Champion and how it was the WWE Hall of Famer’s external antics that contributed to the decision to have Edge win the Championship just 22 days later on an episode of Monday Night RAW.
Speaking with Ad-Free Show’s host Conrad Thompson, Ross commented:
“Well, it was a stupid mistake and carelessness and selfish, quite frankly. Those guys both getting renewed opportunities to ascend up the card and to make more money. They adversely affected the whole process by speeding, and I’m sure the car- I’m not sure of anything- I assume the car must have smelt like pot I guess, because how else would Ohio State Police think to search a car for drugs. It was just untimely, a lot of guys had gone in to bat for those two fellas and they got their break so to speak in that regard. It was terrible terrible timing, there’s never a good timing for that for God’s sake but it was unfortunate, and half-ass embarrassing, and it was something the company couldn’t turn their back on. The company couldn’t say ‘oh it’,s alright, boys will be boys’ y’know.”
Continuing, the 69-year old recalled a piece of advice given to him and how it applies to RVD’s arrest:
Somebody, a wrestler one time, told me ‘you know JR, we’re like wild horses, you’ve gotta let us run’. I don’t mind you running but running off a cliff is stupid. These are stupid acts, and selfishness, not selflessness, it’s just unfortunate, it’s just unnecessary, are you sh*tting me? If you’re going to smoke weed and you’re gonna drive; first of all, that’s not very smart, it’s not very safe. Certainly that’s a DUI waiting to happen. You’ve gotta change, and a lot of guys did change. Some of them were so defiant that they weren’t going to change their habits come hell or high water, and that was an illustration of that right here.”
Following his 2006 arrest, Van Dam would part ways with the WWE leading to a run on the independents that saw RVD appear for the likes of; TNA, PWG and AAA.
RVD was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2021 class alongside such names as Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff, Kane, and the legendary Great Khali.
Elsewhere on the latest episode of Grilling JR, Ross would comment on the criticisms directed at WWE commentator Michael Cole during WrestleMania stating: “are you pointing out he’s human?“.
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