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Big Van Vader


Super-heavyweight wrester within the WCW and Globe Wrestling Federation was billed standing up at 6’4″, 450lbs. He began within the American Wrestling Association within the suggestions of a pal who kept in mind him from his university football times. After many years in Japan he became a member of the World Tournament Wrestling advertising, where he squared off inside a bloody match against Cactus Jack port. Created Leon Allen White colored, he previously one boy, Jesse White colored, who authorized a developmental agreement using the WWE. Within the WWF he wrestled contrary to the Undertaker, losing just after the disturbance of Paul Bearer, the Undertaker’s previous manager.

Quick Facts

Full Name Big Van Vader
Date Of Birth May 14, 1955
Place Of Birth Lynwood, CA
Height 1.96 m
Weight 170 kg
Profession Wrestler
Education University of Oklahoma
Nationality American
Spouse Grace Connelly
Children Jake Carter
Movies Fist of the North Star
Star Sign Taurus

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1Signed a WWE Legends contract. [August 2005]
2Retired from wrestling.
3Fired from start up Japanese wrestling company World Japan Prowrestling when he broke an expensive table in a heated argument with management. Has not wrestled in Japan since. [August 2003]
4Returned to WWE Raw 0ctober 31 [October 2005]
5Appeared on the 31st October Raw and had a mini feud with Batista. He will accompany along with Goldust, Jonathon Coachman to the ring at Taboo Tuesday in his match against Batista. [November 2005]
6Has returned as an on-camera character to the WWE, seconding Jonathan Coachman to the ring in his match at Taboo Tuesday against Batista. [November 2005]
7Former IZW Heavyweight Champion.
8Vader competed as "Bull Power" Leon White in the AWA.
9Defeated Nikita Koloff at the 1992 Halloween Havoc.
10Played college football at the University of Colorado.
11In early 2004, he signed a six match deal with Pride worth $400,000.
12In July 1990, he joined World Championship Wrestling
13Former WCW United States Champion.
14Notable title wins include: CWA World Heavyweight title (3); NJPW IWGP Heavyweight title (3); UWA World Heavyweight title (); CWA Intercontinental title; NJPW IWGP Tag Team titles w/Bam Bam Bigelow; WCW World Heavyweight title (3); WCW US title; AJPW Unified Triple Crown Heavyweight title (2); AJPW World Tag Team titles w/Steve Williams; NOAH GHC Tag Team titles w/Scorpio
15On February 19, 2003, Vader makes a suprise appearance on NWA/TNA, running in to save Dusty Rhodes. He comes out of "retirement" to wrestle several tag matches with Dusty.
16In August 29, 1995 while working for WCW, Vader & Paul Orndorff were involved in a locker room altercation which would eventually lead to Vader's dismissal.
17Trained by Brad Rheingans.
18Prior to his wrestling career, was an offensive tackle for the then Los Angeles (now St. Louis) Rams.
19Held the IWGP World Title on three occasions, giving him the distinction of being one of three Americans (along with Hulk Hogan and Scott Norton) to hold that title.
20Was the man Mick Foley (as Cactus Jack) was wrestling the night he had his right ear torn off the side of his head.
21Played pro football (his nickname was the Baby Bull).
22Was fired from the WWF apparently because he had trouble keeping his weight down. He now wrestles in a Japan Fed.
23Arrested in Kuwait for assaulting a talk show host After being asked whether wrestling was real. [April 1997]
24Married with two children. Has a degree in buisness and is currently designing a shopping mall.



WWE Hall of Fame2016Vader
Table for 32015TV SeriesVader
The Top 100 Moments in Raw History2012VideoVader
WWE '132012Video GameVader (voice)
WWE '122011Video GameVader (voice)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006TV SeriesMusical Guest
No Way Out1998TV MovieVader
WWF Shotgun Saturday Night1998TV SeriesVader
WWF Friday Night's Main Event1997TV SeriesVader
World Wrestling Federation1997TV SeriesVader
Boy Meets World1995-1996TV SeriesFrancis Albert 'Frankie' Stecchino Sr. / Frankie Stechino Sr. / Frankie Stecchino Sr.
WWF Superstars1996TV SeriesVader
Baywatch1996TV SeriesBig Van Vader
The Great American Bash1995TV MovieBig Van Vader
WCW Slamboree: A Legends' Reunion1995TV MovieVader
WCW World Championship Wrestling1995TV SeriesVader
Fist of the North Star1995Goliath (as Leon 'Vader' White)
Clash of the Champions XXIX1994TV MovieVader
WCW Fall Brawl1994TV MovieVader
WCW Bash at the Beach1994TV MovieVader
WCW Slamboree 19941994TV MovieVader
WCW Spring Stampede1994TV MovieVader
WCW SuperBrawl IV1994TV MovieBig Van Vader
Clash of the Champions XXVI1994TV MovieBig Van Vader
WCW Battlebowl1993TV MovieBig Van Vader
Clash of the Champions XXV1993TV MovieBig Van Vader
Halloween Havoc1993TV MovieVader
WCW Beach Blast1993TV MovieBig Van Vader
Clash of the Champions XXIII1993TV MovieBig Van Vader
WCW Slamboree 19931993TV MovieBig Van Vader
WCW SuperBrawl III1993TV MovieBig Van Vader
Clash of the Champions XXII1993TV MovieBig Van Vader
Clash of the Champions XXI1992TV MovieBig Van Vader
WCW Halloween Havoc1992TV MovieBig Van Vader
Clash of the Champions XX: 20th Anniversary1992TV MovieBig Van Vader
Clash of the Champions XVIII1992TV MovieLeon White
Halloween Havoc1991TV MovieBig Van Vader



Metal Evolution2014TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode



LeagueOne: In the Spotlight!2015TV SeriesHimself
WWE Hall of Fame2015TV SpecialVader
WWE for All Mankind: Life & Career of Mick Foley2013VideoHimself (as Vader)
WWE Raw1996-2012TV SeriesVader
UXW: Pure Torture2005VideoHimself
WWE Taboo Tuesday2005TV SpecialVader
NOAH Samurai TV2002TV SeriesHimself (2002)
The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows1998TV Movie documentaryVader
WWE Sunday Night Heat1998TV SeriesVader / Himself
WWF Break Down1998TV SpecialVader
Fully Loaded1998TV SpecialVader
King of the Ring1998TV SpecialVader
WWF Over the Edge1998TV SpecialVader
Royal Rumble1998TV SpecialVader
Survivor Series1997TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House: Badd Blood1997TV SpecialVader
WWF One Night Only1997TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House: Ground Zero1997TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House 16: Canadian Stampede1997TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House: A Cold Day in Hell1997TV SpecialVader
WrestleMania 131997TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House: Final Four1997TV SpecialVader
Royal Rumble1997TV SpecialVader
Survivor Series1996TV SpecialVader
WWF Buried Alive: In Your House1996TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House: Mind Games1996TV SpecialVader
Summerslam1996TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House: International Incident1996TV SpecialVader
King of the Ring1996TV SpecialVader
WWF in Your House 71996TV SpecialVader
WrestleMania XII1996TV SpecialVader
Royal Rumble1996TV SpecialVader
Clash of the Champions1995/IITV SpecialBig Van Vader
WCW Bash at the Beach1995TV SpecialBig Van Vader
WCW Uncensored1995TV SpecialVader
WCW SuperBrawl V1995TV SpecialVader
Starrcade1994TV SpecialBig Van Vader
Halloween Havoc1994TV SpecialVader
Starrcade1993TV SpecialBig Van Vader
WCW Fall Brawl1993TV SpecialBig Van Vader- Team Vader
Clash of the Champions XXIV1993TV SpecialBig Van Vader
Starrcade1992TV SpecialVader
WCW the Great American Bash1992TV SpecialBig Van Vader
Starrcade1991TV SpecialBig Van Vader
WCW Wrestle War1991TV SpecialBig Van Vader
WCW/NWA the Great American Bash1990TV SpecialBig Van Vader

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

Deadly Venom: The Best of Sting1993Video shortBig Van Vader
Eric Bischoff: Sports Entertainment's Most Controversial Figure2016VideoVader
WWE Royal Rumble2015TV SpecialVader
The Best of Sting2014Vader
WWE: United We Slam - Best of Great American Bash2014VideoVader
WWE Hall of Fame2014TV SpecialVader
WCW Greatest Pay-Per-View Matches, Volume 12014VideoVader
WWE: The Best of WarGames2013VideoHimself
The Best of WWE in Your House2013VideoVader
Bret Hitman Hart: The Dungeon Collection2013VideoVader
WWE Saturday Morning Slam2012TV SeriesVader
The 50 Greatest Finishing Moves in WWE History2012VideoVader
WWE: The Best of WCW Clash of the Champions2012VideoVader
WWE Hall of Fame 20122012TV SpecialVader
Best of King of the Ring2011VideoVader
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time2010VideoVader
Wrestling's Highest Flyers2010VideoVader
WrestleMania XXVI: The World Television Premiere2010TV SpecialVader
WWE: Shawn Michaels - My Journey2010VideoVader
WWE: History of the World Heavyweight Championship2009Video documentaryVader
Hulk Hogan's Unreleased Collector's Series2009VideoVader
WWE: The Rise and Fall of WCW2009VideoBig Van Vader
WWE: Macho Madness - The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection2009VideoVader
TNA: Jeff Jarrett: King of the Mountain2009Vader
WWE: Greatest Stars of the '90s2009VideoVader
WWE Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22009Vader
WWE Raw1997-2009TV SeriesVader
Starrcade: The Essential Collection2009Vader
Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection2008VideoVader
WWE Royal Rumble: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32008VideoVader
WWE Royal Rumble: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22007VideoVader
Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen2007Video documentaryVader
The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak and Triumph2007VideoVader
Brian Pillman: Loose Cannon2006Video documentaryVader
Survivor Series2005TV SpecialVader
The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be2005Video documentaryVader
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32005VideoVader
WWE: Shawn Michaels - Boyhood Dream2004VideoVader
Mick Foley's Greatest Hits & Misses: A Life in Wrestling2004VideoBig Van Vader
WWE: Undertaker - This Is My Yard2001VideoVader
Beyond the Mat1999DocumentaryVader (uncredited)

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1Finishing Moves: Vader Bomb and Vader Moonsault
2Smoking lighted helmet mask

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