After graduating from high school, Young began training with veteran wrestler Waldo Von Erich in Cambridge, Ontario.
After training for ten weeks he wrestled his debut match on October 14, 1998 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, facing his friend "Suicide" Sean Ball.
He later received supplementary training from Scott D'Amore and Chris Kanyon.
After four months, he had wrestled ten matches and was consequently promoted to head trainer.
Van Dam is also the 2006 Money in the Bank winner, a WWE Triple Crown Champion, and a WWE Grand Slam Champion.
Following the end of The Undertaker's Wrestlemania winning streak in 2014, Van Dam's record of 4-0 is now the longest active undefeated streak at Wrestle Mania.
After failing at that, he went into wrestling in Japan, and then went on to work in MMA, when he finally got a contract with UFC. Bobby Lashley- Lashley left the WWE early to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.
Rumor has it, not unlike with Brock, Lashley's significant other may have had something to do with his initial departure from the company.
Lethal was awarded the Heavyweight Championship on March 26 at Caged Fury 2 held in the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he refused to accept it, claiming that he wanted to "earn" the title.He is a six-time WWE Intercontinental Champion and was the final holder of the WWE Hardcore Championship and the last WWE European Champion, unifying both titles with his Intercontinental Championship. He is the only wrestler to have simultaneously held the WWE Championship and ECW World Championship.In 2002, Van Dam was ranked the number one wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.Van Dam is also undefeated at November to Remember (3-0), and Bound for Glory (3-0) pay-per-view events (a combined 10-0).Van Dam gained his mainstream popularity by 1998 when he won the ECW World Television Championship, which he held for a record 700 days.He is best known for his appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in the late 1990s, with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWF/E) in the early to mid-2000s, and then with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in the early 2010s.