Big Van Vader

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Leon Allen White (May 14, 1955 – June 18, 2018), better known by his ring names Big Van Vader or simply Vader, was an American professional wrestler and professional football player.wikipedia
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Battlebowl

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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.
There was no tangible prize offered to the winner of the tournament, Vader, who was already the WCW World Heavyweight Champion at the time of the show.

1978 NFL Draft

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In the 1978 NFL Draft, White was drafted as a center by the Los Angeles Rams with the 24th pick of the 3rd Round (80th overall).
Leon White, who was drafted in the third round, went on to have an extensive professional wrestling career as Big Van Vader.

Stan Hansen

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White honed his skills during this time, and his ring work improved significantly to the point that he was booked in a match with Stan Hansen for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, where he was defeated.
The match for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship saw Big Van Vader (representing New Japan, while Hansen represented All Japan) get struck in the eye during the entrances by Hansen's Bullrope.

Bam Bam Bigelow

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On March 1, 1992, he and Bam Bam Bigelow began teaming as "Big, Bad, and Dangerous".
Here, he formed a tag team with Big Van Vader, winning the IWGP Tag Team Championship.

Mick Foley

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Eight months later, he returned at Halloween Havoc and took part in the Chamber of Horrors match, in which Vader's team lost due to Abdullah the Butcher being electrocuted by their partner, Cactus Jack.
Cactus Jack wrestled Big Van Vader on April 6, 1993, winning by count-out, but being severely beaten in the process.

Tatsumi Fujinami

Five months later, he defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to become the inaugural CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.
On May 8, he defeated Big Van Vader by disqualification, to win the title vacated by Antonio Inoki.

Shinya Hashimoto

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After winning the final match of an eight-man tournament against Shinya Hashimoto, Vader was declared the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
In April 1989, he took part in the IWGP Heavyweight Championship tournament at New Japan's first show in the Tokyo Dome; he defeated Riki Choshu and Victor Zangiev, before losing to Big Van Vader in the finals.

Luc Poirier

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He defeated Rambo in the finals, to win his first tournament.
Poirier's initial success in CWA came when he became the runner-up in the 1987 Catch Cup against Bull Power.

The Great American Bash (1990)

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Vader's first match in WCW took place on July 7, 1990 at The Great American Bash, where he defeated Tom Zenk in a little over two minutes.
The event featured the WCW debut of Big Van Vader.

Universal Wrestling Association

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In November 1989, White, as Big Van Vader, made his debut in Mexico for Universal Wrestling Association.
El Canek became the "face of the UWA", holding the UWA World Heavyweight Championship no less than 13 times during the promotion's life span, drawing full houses when he "defended Mexico's honor" against foreign wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Tatsumi Fujinami or Big Van Vader.

Wrestling mask

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Upon joining NJPW, White was given the ring name Big Van Vader and began to wear a black wrestling mask.
One of the best-known North American masked wrestlers was Big Van Vader, who was also known for his in-ring agility despite his large frame during the 1980s and 90s.

Scott Hall

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Two months later, he would take part of Starrcade's Lethal Lottery, where he teamed with Mr. Hughes and defeated Rick Steiner and The Nightstalker (who was subbing for an injured Diamond Studd) to advance to the Battlebowl battle royal, in which he was eliminated.
This big event featured the retirement match of Otto Wanz, as well as Terry Funk, Bull Power (Big Van Vader), Chris Benoit, David Taylor, Fit Finlay, and Akira Nogami in action.

Brad Rheingans

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Trained by Brad Rheingans, White got his first national exposure in the American Wrestling Association (AWA).
In 1989, Rheingans began touring Japan with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), allying himself with his former trainee Leon White, now known as Big Van Vader, and Buzz Sawyer in battling Antonio Inoki, Tatsumi Fujinami, Riki Choshu and Kengo Kimura, but later, he would aid New Japan in their battle against URSS amateur wrestlers such as Salman Hashimikov, Victor Zangiev, Vladimir Berkovich, Timur Zalasov and Wahka Evloev for the remainder of the year.

Starrcade (1993)

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Vader was originally scheduled to face Sid Vicious at Starrcade.
The main event was between Vader and Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, booked as a result of the double stabbing that occurred between Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious in October.

Catch Wrestling Association

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In May 1986, White went to Europe to compete for Otto Wanz and his promotion, Catch Wrestling Association, touring Austria and Germany, using the name Bull Power.

Bryan Clark

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Two months later, he would take part of Starrcade's Lethal Lottery, where he teamed with Mr. Hughes and defeated Rick Steiner and The Nightstalker (who was subbing for an injured Diamond Studd) to advance to the Battlebowl battle royal, in which he was eliminated.
Two months later he replaced an injured Diamond Studd at Starrcade to team with Rick Steiner in a losing effort to Vader and Mr. Hughes.

Clash of the Champions

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At Clash of the Champions XXIX, Vader defeated Dustin Rhodes and earned the opportunity to face the United States Heavyweight Champion Jim Duggan at Starrcade, where Vader defeated Duggan with the aid of Duggan's 2x4 to win the United States Heavyweight Championship.
Originally, it was scheduled to be Sting, Dustin Rhodes, Ron Simmons, and Van Hammer against Big Van Vader, Barry Windham, The Barbarian, and Rick Rude; due to injuries, Hammer and Rude dropped out and Orndorff took Rude's place.

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame

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Vader was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.

Sting (wrestler)

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When he began working for WCW full-time, Vader was paired with a manager, Harley Race, and received a shot at Sting's World Heavyweight Championship on April 12, 1992, and was disqualified.
Sting defended his WCW World title on April 12, 1992, at The Omni in Atlanta against the 450-pound Big Van Vader.

WCW World Heavyweight Championship

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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. When he began working for WCW full-time, Vader was paired with a manager, Harley Race, and received a shot at Sting's World Heavyweight Championship on April 12, 1992, and was disqualified.
At Starrcade in December 1993, Flair won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, by defeating Vader.

American Wrestling Association

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Trained by Brad Rheingans, White got his first national exposure in the American Wrestling Association (AWA).
Despite falling behind the WWF and NWA as a major promotion throughout 1986 and 1987, Gagne still managed to find and/or develop legitimate young talent like Scott Hall, The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty), "Bull Power" Leon White (later known as Big Van Vader), The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobs and Jerry Sags), and Madusa Miceli during that timeframe.

Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship

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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.

SuperBrawl V

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The two met at SuperBrawl V, with Vader managing to kick out of Hogan's leg drop after a count of one.
In the main event, Hulk Hogan successfully defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Vader as Vader was disqualified due to Ric Flair's interference in the match.

Salman Hashimikov

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On May 25, one month after being crowned champion, Vader lost the title to Russian suplex master Salman Hashimikov.
There he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship from Big Van Vader in May 1989.

Beach Blast (1993)

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They were defeated by Smith and his new partner, Sting, at Beach Blast in July.
In the main event the team billed as "the Superpowers" (Sting and Davey Boy Smith) faced a team nicknamed "the Masters of the Power Bomb" (Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious) as part of a longer running rivalry between the two sides.