Leon Allen “Big Van Vader” White

Leon Allen “Big Van Vader” White

Birth
Lynwood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 18 Jun 2018 (aged 63)
Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 190736674 · View Source
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Professional Wrestler. He was best known as one of the top "heels" in the World Wrestling Federation during the mid to late 1990s. He played the offensive guard position at the University of Colorado and was a Second-team All-American in 1977. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the third round of the 1978 National Football League draft and was a member of the Rams for two seasons. During his two years with the Rams, he was a part of their National Football Conference championship team and played in Super Bowl XIV. He was forced to retire from football in 1980 due to a ruptured patella. He later trained with fellow professional wrestler Brad Rheingans and got his first national wrestling exposure with the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association in the mid 1980s. During the later part of the 1980s, he wrestled both in Europe and Japan and won numerous titles in both places. It was in Japan where he was given the name Big Van Vader, a name he would use for the remainder of his career. He also wrestled briefly in Mexico before signing with World Championship Wrestling in 1990. He won both the World Heavyweight Championship (3 times) and the United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time) during his tenure with WCW. In 1996, he signed with the World Wrestling Federation and became one of the most well-known "villains' in the promotion. He had memorable matches against both Kane and the Undertaker and feuded with both the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels during his stay in the WWF. In 1998, he left the WWF and wrestled for numerous promotions in the United States, Japan, and England for the rest of his career. He made a short return to the now World Wrestling Entertainment in 2012. He also appeared on several television series during the 1990s. He experienced health problems during the latter part of his life and passed away from pneumonia.Better known by his ring names Big Van Vader and Vader, was an American professional wrestler and professional football player. He performed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) during the 1990s and 2000s. White, who gained legendary status in Japan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest super heavyweight wrestlers ever.

White performed as a monstrous wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers such as the Vadersault, which was voted as the "Best Wrestling Maneuver" for 1993 by Wrestling Observer readers. Among other accolades in WCW and Japan, he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times each, the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship twice, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once, and won the battle royal main event of the 1993 Battlebowl pay-per-view. Vader was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.

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  • Created by: Zidane
  • Added: 20 Jun 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 190736674
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leon Allen “Big Van Vader” White (14 May 1955–18 Jun 2018), Find A Grave Memorial no. 190736674, ; Maintained by Zidane (contributor 48449136) Burial Details Unknown.