Vader is considered to one of the best big men to ever step foot inside the squared circle. The real-life Leon White had one hell of a career in Japan and the United States. Sadly, he passed away in 2018 after a lengthy battle with illness.

WWE recently announced that Vader will be inducted posthumously into their Hall of Fame Class of 2022. The former WCW champion joins The Undertaker among other legends of the industry in the Hall of Fame.

Fellow Hall of Famer Mick Foley took to Twitter to welcome the announcement. Foley congratulated the late great wrestler’s family and said that his induction had long been overdue.

The hardcore legend also reminisced about his in-ring rivalry with The Man They Call Vader. The two squared off with each other multiple times during their storied careers.

The former CU Buffs offensive lineman made his pro wrestling debut in 1985. Vader would go on to become a household name in Antonio Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Ted Turner’s WCW.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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