Vader is no longer with us and he was never granted an induction in into the WWE Hall Of Fame before his passing. He entertained millions of fans throughout his life, but it turns out that he might not have been the most well-liked backstage.
Eric Bischoff opened up about the Mastodon during 83 Weeks where he discussed the fact that not only was Vader a bully backstage, but an eventual fight with Paul Orndorff caused his release from the company.
“Vader could be difficult to work with, and I understood it. Center Stage [where WCW Saturday Night was taped] was a small tiny, stinky little building with no air conditioning and there wasn’t enough room for everybody,” said Bischoff. “Vader was a big guy. Traveling was a pain in the a** for a big guy like Vader, just felt the grind. I get it. I get a guy losing his temper so that I am not holding against him.
“But I had also seen Vader bully people when he was in a bad mood, so the whole f*** you I am not in the mood to do what you want me to do, and saying that to Paul Orndorff, who I also knew and trusted I could see how that went bad. I wasn’t there so I can’t validate or discredit the blow-by-blow that Vader gave, I will just let it sit where it sits and allow people that were there to describe it. But I made the decision to let him go because I believe Paul Orndorff, I knew Vader so I can see how it went down.”
Hopefully, Vader will find himself in the WWE Hall Of Fame eventually, but Eric Bischoff likely won’t be the guy inducting him. After all, if he dropped that kind of knowledge during his speech before Vader’s induction it might not come off too well considering the environment.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quotes