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Leon Allen 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, the World Wrestling Federation 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.


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Born:
May 14, 1955 In Lynwood, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
53
First Appeared:
In the movie NWA The Great American Bash 1990 1990-07-07
Latest Project:
Movie WWE: Presents True Giants 2014-12-09
Known For
Filmography
Movie WCW'S Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches Volume 1 2014-03-12
Movie WWE: Presents True Giants 2014-12-09
Movie For All Mankind: The Life and Career of Mick Foley Himself 2013-04-21
Movie Hulk Hogan: Unreleased Collectors Series 2010-12-07
Movie WWE: Greatest Wrestling Stars of the '90s Vader 2009-04-14
Movie WWE: The Rise & Fall of WCW Big Van Vader 2009-12-17
Movie WWE Taboo Tuesday 2005 Vader 2005-11-01
Movie WWE No Way Out of Texas: In Your House Vader 1998-02-15
Movie WWE Over the Edge: In Your House Vader 1998-05-31
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1998 Vader 1998-01-18
Movie WWE Fully Loaded: In Your House Vadar 1998-07-26
Movie WWE Breakdown: In Your House Vader 1998-09-27
Movie WWE WrestleMania 13 Vader 1997-03-23
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1997 Vader 1997-01-19
Movie WWE In Your House 13: Final Four Vader 1997-02-16
Movie WWE In Your House 15: A Cold Day In Hell Vader 1997-05-11
Movie WWE In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede Vader 1997-07-06
Movie WWE Badd Blood: In Your House Vader 1997-10-05
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1997 Vader 1997-11-09
Movie WWE One Night Only Vader 1997-09-20
Movie WWE King of the Ring 1996 Vader 1996-06-23
Movie WWE In Your House 9: International Incident Vader 1996-07-21
Movie WWE In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies Vader 1996-04-28
Movie WWE Royal Rumble 1996 Vadar 1996-01-21
Movie WWE SummerSlam 1996 Vader 1996-08-17
Movie WWE Survivor Series 1996 Vadar 1996-11-17
Movie WWE In Your House 11: Buried Alive Vader 1996-10-20
Movie WCW SuperBrawl V Vader 1995-02-19
Movie WCW Uncensored 1995 Big Van Vader 1995-03-19
Movie WCW Slamboree 1995 Vader 1995-05-21
Movie WCW Bash at the Beach 1995 Vader 1995-07-16
Movie WCW Spring Stampede 1994 Vader 1994-04-17
Movie WCW SuperBrawl IV Vader 1994-02-20
Movie WCW Slamboree 1994 Vader 1994-05-22
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc 1994 Vader 1994-10-23
Movie WCW Starrcade 1994 Vader 1994-12-27
Movie WCW Bash at the Beach 1994 Vader 1994-07-17
Movie WCW Fall Brawl 1994 Vader 1994-09-18
Movie WCW Slamboree 1993 Big Van Vader 1993-05-23
Movie WCW Beach Blast 1993 Big Van Vader 1993-07-18
Movie WCW SuperBrawl III Big Van Vader 1993-02-21
Movie WCW Starrcade 1993 Vader 1993-12-27
Movie WCW Battlebowl Vader 1993-11-20
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc 1993 Vader 1993-10-24
Movie WCW Fall Brawl 1993 Vader 1993-09-19
Movie WCW/New Japan Supershow II Big Van Vader 1992-01-04
Movie WCW The Great American Bash 1992 Big Van Vader 1992-07-12
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc 1992 Big Van Vader 1992-10-25
Movie WCW Starrcade 1992 Big Van Vader 1992-12-28
Movie WCW WrestleWar 1991 Big Van Vader 1991-02-24
Movie WCW Starrcade 1991 Big Van Vader 1991-12-29
Movie WCW Halloween Havoc 1991 Big Van Vader 1991-10-27
Movie NWA The Great American Bash 1990 Big Van Vader 1990-07-07