Mick Foley believes Vader (actual identify Leon White) is a “obvious omission” from Vince McMahon’s WWE Corridor of Fame.
Foley, a 2013 WWE Corridor of Fame inductee, had many battles with Vader all through their legendary wrestling careers. In 1994, Foley misplaced his proper ear throughout a WCW stay occasion match in opposition to Vader in Munich, Germany.
Talking on Steve Austin’s Damaged Cranium Classes present, Foley praised Vader’s capacity to attract crowds from all over the world. He additionally questioned why his former in-ring rival has not but been inducted into the WWE Corridor of Fame.
“Leon, to me, is among the obvious omissions from the Corridor of Fame,” Foley stated. “Worldwide he was one of many largest drawing playing cards, larger than me, for positive. Not in WWE however worldwide, for positive. However in case you didn’t struggle him again, he’d eat you up. He was that wall, and you may knock down that wall however he was gonna make you’re employed for it.”
Though many followers know Vader for his WWE run between 1996 and 1998, he additionally had success working for different promotions all over the world. His largest accomplishments embody successful the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (x3) and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (x3).
Mick Foley on Vader’s in-ring model
Billed at 450 kilos, Vader is extensively thought of to be some of the athletic massive males in wrestling historical past.
Mick Foley recalled how two-time WWE Corridor of Famer Shawn Michaels as soon as informed him that Vader had the in-ring model of somebody a lot lighter.
“I bear in mind particularly he was working with Shawn and he’d go, ‘Jeez, Leon’s actually acquired that model down. Now he’s simply gotta lose 200 kilos to suit it,’” Mick Foley stated. “As a result of he was bumping on every part Shawn did and it was taking him out of… he was not Vader.”
Vader handed away on the age of 63 in 2018 after a month-long battle with pneumonia. He additionally had coronary heart points within the latter years of his life.
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