Leon White

Leon White

Leon Allen White better known by his ring names Big Van Vader or Vader, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler. White is best known for his time with New Japan Pro Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, WWE and All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1990s. A super-heavyweight wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers such as the moonsault and the dropkick, White was both a face and a heel in several professional wrestling promotions. During his career, he became an eight time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship three times and the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship twice. Vader returned to Japan, wrestling at a NJPW Wrestle Land show. He also worked in the independent circuit as Big Van Vader, including a tag match against Samoa Joe and Dan Maff in Jersey All Pro Wrestling with Mike Awesome as his tag team partner. On May 12, 2007, Vader faced Brutus Beefcake at Spartan Slamfest, a World Wrestling Coalition charity show. The match was held at the Kingston Armory in Kingston, Pennsylvania. After wrestling his last match in 2007, White began working as a high school football coach. O April 29, 2010, White made a return to wrestling under his Vader ring name at the event Vader Time 5 Return of the Emperor. At the event, he teamed with his son Jesse and former tag team partner 2 Cold Scorpio to successfully defeat Makoto Hashi, Tamon Honda and Tatsumi Fujinami in the main event. In May 2016, Will Opsreay and Ricochet faced each other during the NJPW tournament Best of the Super Juniors. During the match, both wrestlers performed a high flying, fast paced sequence. When Vader saw the sequence, he complained in social media about the current direction pro wrestling is taking. During the following weeks, Vader and Ospreay feuded in Twitter, so England-based promotion Revolution Pro Wrestling (RevPro) booked a match between them. The match took place on August 12, 2016, where Vader defeated Ospreay. Two days later, he made an appearance in Colchester, England for the XWA Wrestling (XWA) promotion, where he defeated "Savvy" Sid Scala. On April 20, 2017, Vader made an appearance in Japan at Korakuen Hall as part of the Dradition show to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the debut of Tatsumi Fujinami. Following a six-man tag team match, Vader collapsed due to being dropped on his head during the match, but he was able to walk backstage under his own power and he remained in Japan as he was scheduled to work two more shows in Fukuoka and Osaka.[On April 22, Vader, Takuma Sano, and Yoshiaki Fujiwara lost a six man tag team match to Koji Kanemoto, Shiro Koshinaka and Tatsumi Fujinami. On April 23, Vader, Riki Choshu, and Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Shiro Koshinaka, Takuma Sano, and Yoshiaki Fujiwara. The final match of his career took place May 25, 2017 at WrestleJam V, where Vader defeated The Ironman. Return to AJPW (2011–2012) In the aftermath of the 2011 natural disasters in Japan, Vader and his son Jesse wrestled on special tribute cards for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and Pro Wrestling Zero1. On December 7, 2012, Vader returned to AAJPW, teaming with Keiji Mutoh and Kenso to defeat Bambi Killer, Franz Dynamite and Mazada in a six-man tag team match.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Lynwood, California, USA
    Birthday
    5/14/1955
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WWE Royal Rumble 1998
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7.4
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WWE Royal Rumble 1997
7.3
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WWE Badd Blood: In Your House
7.1
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WWE In Your House 9: International Incident
10
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WWE SummerSlam 1996
8.5
WWE In Your House 11: Buried Alive
WWE In Your House 11: Buried Alive
8.5
WWE Survivor Series 1996
WWE Survivor Series 1996
7.3
WWE In Your House 13: Final Four
WWE In Your House 13: Final Four
8
WWE In Your House 15: A Cold Day in Hell
WWE In Your House 15: A Cold Day in Hell
5
WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede
WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede
9
WWE Over the Edge: In Your House
WWE Over the Edge: In Your House
9
WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House
WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House
6.3
WWE Survivor Series 1997
WWE Survivor Series 1997
8.8
WWE Breakdown: In Your House
WWE Breakdown: In Your House
7
WCW Great American Bash '90: New Revolution
WCW Great American Bash '90: New Revolution
0
WCW WrestleWar 1991
WCW WrestleWar 1991
10
WCW Halloween Havoc '91
WCW Halloween Havoc '91
6
WCW/New Japan Supershow II
WCW/New Japan Supershow II
0
WCW The Great American Bash
WCW The Great American Bash
0
WWE Taboo Tuesday 2005
WWE Taboo Tuesday 2005
7.7
WCW SuperBrawl III
WCW SuperBrawl III
0
WCW Slamboree 1993
WCW Slamboree 1993
10
WCW Beach Blast 1993
WCW Beach Blast 1993
0
WCW Fall Brawl 1993
WCW Fall Brawl 1993
0
WCW Spring Stampede 1994
WCW Spring Stampede 1994
9
WCW SuperBrawl IV
WCW SuperBrawl IV
5
WCW Starrcade 1993
WCW Starrcade 1993
0
WCW Halloween Havoc 1994
WCW Halloween Havoc 1994
0
WCW Fall Brawl 1994
WCW Fall Brawl 1994
0
WCW Starrcade 1994
WCW Starrcade 1994
0
WCW SuperBrawl V
WCW SuperBrawl V
0
WCW Uncensored 1995
WCW Uncensored 1995
2
WCW Slamboree 1995
WCW Slamboree 1995
0
WCW Bash at the Beach 1995
WCW Bash at the Beach 1995
3.5
WWE: Presents True Giants
WWE: Presents True Giants
7
WCW'S Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1
WCW'S Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1
0
Timeline: The History of WCW – 1993 – As Told By Vader
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0
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6.9
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7.1
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9.5
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9
WWE: 150 Best Pay-Per-View Matches, Vol 1
10
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7.5
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10
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5.3
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6.3
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7.1
WWE: Starrcade - The Essential Collection
WWE: Starrcade - The Essential Collection
0
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10
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WWE: The Best of Sting
7.7
Sting: Into the Light
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7.3
WCW Clash of The Champions XXII
WCW Clash of The Champions XXII
10
WCW Clash of The Champions XX: 20th Anniversary
WCW Clash of The Champions XX: 20th Anniversary
0
AJPW Super Power Series 1999 Finals
0
WCW Clash of The Champions XVIII
WCW Clash of The Champions XVIII
0
AWA Blood on the Sand
0
AWA: Brawl in St. Paul
AWA: Brawl in St. Paul
0
WCW Starrcade 1991
WCW Starrcade 1991
0
WCW Halloween Havoc
WCW Halloween Havoc
10
WCW Starrcade
WCW Starrcade
5
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIII
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIII
0
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIV
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIV
0
WCW Halloween Havoc 1993
WCW Halloween Havoc 1993
6
WCW Clash of The Champions XXV
WCW Clash of The Champions XXV
0
WCW Battle Bowl
WCW Battle Bowl
0
WCW Clash of The Champions XXVI
WCW Clash of The Champions XXVI
0
WCW Slamboree 1994
WCW Slamboree 1994
0
WCW Bash at The Beach 1994
WCW Bash at The Beach 1994
6.3
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIX
WCW Clash of The Champions XXIX
0
WCW Clash of The Champions XXX
WCW Clash of The Champions XXX
0
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5
WWE Royal Rumble 1996
WWE Royal Rumble 1996
6.2
WWE WrestleMania XII
WWE WrestleMania XII
7
WWE In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies
WWE In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies
8.5
WWE In Your House 8: Beware of Dog
WWE In Your House 8: Beware of Dog
7
WWE King of the Ring 1996
WWE King of the Ring 1996
9
WWE Ground Zero: In Your House
WWE Ground Zero: In Your House
10
WWE One Night Only
WWE One Night Only
7
NOAH: Accomplish Our First Navigation 2001 - Day 9
0
WCW All Nighter 1995
0
NOAH: Great Voyage
NOAH: Great Voyage
0
WWE Action Zone!
WWE Action Zone!
0
WWE Hall Of Fame 2022
WWE Hall Of Fame 2022
7.5
Ringside with Big Van Vader
Ringside with Big Van Vader
0
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Best Of Raw • Volume One
Best Of Raw • Volume One
0
Best Of Raw • Volume Six
Best Of Raw • Volume Six
0
WWE: Shawn Michaels - Boyhood Dream
WWE: Shawn Michaels - Boyhood Dream
0
Biography: Shawn Michaels
Biography: Shawn Michaels
8
Deadly Venom: The Best of Sting
Deadly Venom: The Best of Sting
10
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