Monstrous powerhouse Vader is the latest name to be confirmed as an inductee for the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2022.
The former WCW and WWE star was revealed as the second star to be decorated with Hall of Fame honours this year, following the footsteps of The Undertaker.
Vader is remembered for being one of the most dominant and physically dominant big men in wrestling history.
He was a key player throughout the 1990s, starting in the AWA before spending time in Japan, moving later to WCW, winning the world championship there in 1992 after a famous win over Sting. He went on to hold that prestigious title on three occasions.
Further titles and high-profile matches followed before Vader, whose real name was Leon White, joined WWE in 1996.
While he never truly hit the main event scene consistently in Vince McMahon’s company, he did enjoy some standout moments, thundering “It’s Vader Time!” wherever he went.
In his debut year alone, he wrestled Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam, having earlier wiped out on-screen President Gorilla Monsoon in a shocking attack.
He then brawled with the likes of Undertaker and Goldust before leaving WWE in 1998, going on to wrestle again in Japan before spending time in the independent scene.
Vader would make sporadic cameo appearances for WWE in later years, one of the last being for a brief match against Heath Slater on Raw in 2012.
After a battle with ill health in 2018, the fearsome competitor died at the age of 63.
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Now some four years later WWE will honour his contribution to the business with a posthumous induction into their Hall of Fame over WrestleMania 38 weekend.
Legend Triple H led the tributes on social media following the announcement, Tweeting: “With his imposing size and unbelievable agility, Vader was more than just a great “big man.”
“In front of the camera, he was Vader, behind the camera, Leon White was respected by his peers.
For his accomplishments and much more, proud to say he’s in the #WWEHOF.”
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It is not yet known who will induct Vader into the Hall of Fame, though many fans are already calling for his former foe Mick Foley to be given the honour.
The Hall of Fame and WrestleMania this year take place in Texas, with The Undertaker set to be inducted by mentor and WWE owner Vince McMahon.
McMahon confirmed he’d be the man to give Taker his due whilst speaking on the Pat McAfee show last week, admitting: “This will be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life.
“I love the guy. He is an extraordinary human being… it’s going to be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.”
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