WWE Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam has given his opinion on a “dangerous” spot from AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door.
The move in question was when Will Ospreay hit Kenny Omega with a Tiger Driver ’91, dropping him on his head at the end of their six-star match.
Omega and Ospreay’s match caused great controversy, with many wrestlers weighing in on their view of the move, and how necessary it was.
Rob Van Dam has given his view, weighing in on the latest episode of his “1 of a Kind with RVD” podcast.
Speaking on his podcast, Rob Van Dam called the spot “dangerous”, but noted that the risk vs reward may have made it worth it to Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay.
“So, you know, either way – dangerous, but I’m not going to shame anybody for it because I don’t know. I’m not gonna act like I know what I don’t know. You know, I’m not gonna assume anything.
“I know that because I was so flexible and because I always wanted to put everything into all of my bumps and because my style is so action oriented. I used to always tell people like if they give me a back suplex to go ahead and like, throw me on my back of my neck and have my knees overshot and have my knees bounce off the mat while I’m landing on the back of my head.
“I did that to guys like Jericho. I did that to guys in all Japan and they would really take advantage of it, you know, so they would like really put a lot into it and like, wham. And, uh, even if it did hurt sometimes my ego would never let me expose that. So I would just be like, ‘Send it in brother.’
“Did anybody go to take a a stretcher ride afterwards? Then the risk is probably worth the reward. It looked pretty fucking good. It’s got us talking. Good job.”
Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.