Robert Alexander Szatkowski, better known by his ring name Rob Van Dam, is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is best known for his tenures in ECW, WWE and TNA Wrestling.
Rob Van Dam will go down as one of the most successful pro wrestlers in history, but he also has had a pretty long career as an actor.
RVD has worked for several major pro wrestling promotions and bagged success as a WWE Superstar in Vince McMahon’s company for years on end. He is a former WWE Champion and has also won the Intercontinental title on six occasions.
On the other hand Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg, known professionally as Jean-Claude Van Damme and JCVD, is a Belgian actor, filmmaker, film editor, fight choreographer and retired martial artist best known for his martial arts action films.
Jean Claude Van Damme Will Go From the Big Screen To the Heat of the Real Fight.
Van Damme carries a 20-2 record in Karate, is skilled in Muay Thai, knows a thing or two about Kickboxing, and he is a black belt in the art of Shotokan Karate.
How are these two related? RVD and Van Damme look eerily similar to each other. In fact, RVD’s ring name was given to him because of the same reason.
The name “Rob Van Dam” was given to the WWE in 1991 by Ron Slinker, a promoter in Florida, possibly because of his martial arts experience and his resemblance to actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.
So they are not related at all thus closing the debate most of the people have been having due to their resemblance.