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19.  Vader

Generally, Vince McMahon has been known to make professional wrestlers bigger stars than his competitors in the South. This wasn’t the case Vader who may have been kicking ass in WCW but was remembered by some in his WWE stint for declaring himself “a fat piece of shit”.

Vader really was a beast.After being anointed by Antonio Inoki to be a star in New Japan, Vader performed in similar fashion for five years in WCW.His matches with Sting were instant classics and his combination of brute force, agility, mat skills and the right look made him one of the best heels that WCW had on the 90’s.His WWE run was not spectacular as he really didn’t seem to be able to perform the saw way there as he did in WCW.Upon his return to Japan, the Vader that was considered a superstar returned.Even though his run with Vince wasn’t the best, his overall body of work is worthy of any professional wrestling Hall of Fame.

 

Should Vader be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 86.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.4%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 0%

The Bullet Points

  • Other Aliases: Leon White (Real Name)
    Bull Power
    Baby Bull
    Super Vader
    Big Van Vader
  • Billed From: U.S.A. (The Rocky Mountains)
  • Key Championships Held: All Japan Triple Crown Heavyweight (2)
    All Japan Unified World Tag Team w/Steve Williams
    Catch Wrestling Association Heavyweight (4)
    IWGP World Heavyweight (3)
    IWGP World Tag Team w/Bam Bam Bigelow
    NOAH Tag Team w/Scorpio
    UWA (Mexico) Heavyweight
    WCW World Heavyweight (3)
    WCW United States
    Champions Carnival Winner (1999)
  • Why they will get in: In his prime, few were better.
  • Why they won't get in: Although he spent a few years in the WWE, he was much better in WCW.
  • Five Greatest Matches/Moments: 1. Destroyed Antonio Inoki at the Sumo Hall and became an instant star in Japan in the process (12/27/87)
    2. Won a tournament to win the vacant IWGP World Heavyweight Title (4/24/89)
    3. Wrestled Stan Hansen to a brutal double count out at the Egg Dome (2/10/90)
    4. Beat Sting in a Strap Match which one of his many great matches with the “Stinger” (2/21/93)
    5. Beat Akira Taue in a form of career redemption and won the All Japan Triple Crown (3/6/99)

Should Vader be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 86.7%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.4%
No opinion. - 0.9%
No way! - 0%

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+3 #3 Rest in Peace Vader 2018-06-20 23:59
Rest in Peace, Vader.
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+2 #2 Adam Domo 2017-09-18 22:09
they're starting to put more and more WCW guys in... he'll get there
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+2 #1 Dale 2015-01-25 00:48
Vader would only go in for being apart of all the wrestling promotions
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