Mick Foley believes Vader (actual title Leon White) is a “obvious omission” from Vince McMahon’s WWE Hall of Fame.
Foley, a 2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductee, had many battles with Vader all through their legendary wrestling careers. In 1994, Foley misplaced his proper ear throughout a WCW dwell occasion match in opposition to Vader in Munich, Germany.
Speaking on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions present, Foley praised Vader’s capability to attract crowds from round the world. He additionally questioned why his former in-ring rival has not but been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
“Leon, to me, is one of the obvious omissions from the Hall of Fame,” Foley mentioned. “Worldwide he was one of the largest drawing playing cards, greater than me, for certain. Not in WWE however worldwide, for certain. But if you happen to didn’t combat him again, he’d eat you up. He was that wall, and you’ll knock down that wall however he was gonna make you’re employed for it.”
Although many followers know Vader for his WWE run between 1996 and 1998, he additionally had success working for different promotions round the world. His largest accomplishments embody profitable 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 broadly thought-about to be one of the most athletic massive males in wrestling historical past.
Mick Foley recalled how two-time WWE Hall 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 obtained that model down. Now he’s simply gotta lose 200 kilos to suit it,’” Mick Foley mentioned. “Because he was bumping on all the pieces Shawn did and it was taking him out of… he was now not Vader.”
Vader handed away at the age of 63 in 2018 after a month-long battle with pneumonia. He additionally had coronary heart points in the latter years of his life.
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