BIG VAN VADER MAKES WWE.COM TOP 30 BIG MEN LIST: At #5.
BILLY ROBINSON R.I.P. : On March 3rd one of the greatest catch wrestling trainers ever passed away peacefully at the age of 75. Billy Robinson, a 10 bell salute from everyone.
GONE TOO SOON: Yesterday February 18, Nelson Frazier Jr. known as Viscera, Big Daddy V and King Mabel in the WWE passed away after a massive heart attack at age 43. Our deepest condolences to his family.
BIOGRAPHY UPDATED: Added up-to-date information.
BLEACHERREPORT.COM ARTICLE: Great article this January on bleacherreport.com for Vader. Check it here.
GREAT PHOTO SECTION ON CACTUS JACK VS VADER AND OTHER VADER MOMENTS ON WWE.COM: Some great photos from this legendary feuds in WCW and WWE. Worth checking. Keep in mind, PG friendly.
HAPPY NEW YEAR: Happy New Year pro wrestling and Vader fans around the world! May 2014 be your time!
DYNAMITE KID STROKE: Unfortunately the great Dynamite Kid suffered a stroke on November 21st 2013, however he is doing better as his daughter Bronwyne Billington tweeted: "Great news of my Dad watching John Wayne movies last night with my uncle. By the sounds of it he's on his way back to his normal self!". We wish him nothing but the best!
DYNAMITE KID DOCUMENTARY RELEASED: Finally highspots.com ships the Dynamite Kid documentary "A Matter of Pride". No matter what you think of Dynamite, this is a MUST-HAVE!
VADER ACTIVE IN JAPAN +BRUNO SAMMARTINO: As of April Vader is active sporadically in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Also BigVanVader.com would like to congratulate Bruno Sammartino, a true legend for his WWE Hall of Fame induction.
VADER WISHES FOR A HAPPY 2013, PHOTO: Vader wishes everyone a Happy New Year and shares a nice photo on his official twitter account #itsvadertime . Check it out.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM BIGVANVADER.COM: Happy New Year everybody from the BigVanVader.Com stuff!
VADER IN WWE '13: As the teaser trailer of the game reveals, Vader is included in the roster.
ANOTHER VADER APPEARANCE TO WWE RAW: On July 23rd 2012 Vader made another appearance on WWE Raw, preventing Slater from leaving in his match against Lita.
VADER RETURNS TO WWE RAW, WWE '12 APPEARANCE: On June 11th 2012 Vader returned to face Heath Slater in WWE Raw commenting "It was Vader time one more time. There's nothing like it in the world, [it] felt great." The backstage interview is available on WWE website. Vader also opened up and mentioned several personal problems justifying his absence from the mainstream north-american wrestling scene. Vader is also featured on WWE '12, the first time in several years he appears in a WWE game.
VADER RETURNS TO ACTION ONE MORE TIME: Vader will be returning to the ring over in Japan for the Real Japan Pro Wrestling promotion this week. Source: f4wonline.com
DYNAMITE KID SHOOT INTERVIEW COMING UP +BLOODSTAINED MEMOIRS DVD RELEASED: We cannot wait for the first shoot interview of Dynamite Kid advertised by the Bloodstained Memoirs crew on their official youtube channel here. As a side note, their excellent dvd Bloodstained Memoirs is available for purchase, do not miss it!
JESSE WHITE: As noted by Ted Galbally on Fighter's magazine last month, wwe signed Jesse White to a developmental contract. Let's see how this turns out.
FIGHTER'S MAGAZINE EDITOR TED GALBALLY DOES HIS MIRACLE AGAIN: Don't forget to check Fighter's Magazine's December issue for some up-to-date wrestling news aaaaaand.... a superb STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN EXCLUSIVE interview! After mixing it well with the LEGENDARY JEFF JARRETT in previous issues and the great TNA reports, British Genius Editor Ted Galbally really did it this time. Enjoy. And don't forget, you can always find him on GrappleZone.Com . Keep it up Ted we are very proud of you!
WRESTLING HERITAGE SITE: A great British Wrestling history site, Wrestlingheritage.co.uk DEFINITELY check it. For old-timers.
MERRY CHRISTMAS: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone! Best wishes from bigvanvader.com stuff.
BIGVANCRUSH YOUTUBE CHANNEL UPDATED!: After quite some time and legal threats from njpw and wwe against our official youtube channel, we are proud to present 2 new videos featuring Vader's tag match with Jesse in Japan versus Daichi Hashimoto and Shinjiro Otani.
GET WELL KAMALA: We wish the best for Kamala The Ugandan Giant who retired at 61 and got his leg amputated due to diabetes.
SERVER CHANGE:Hey there folks, we are in the middle of a server change so don't worry for some expected downtimes in the next month. We will return soon.
HOGAN-WARRIOR ONLINE FEUD ESCALATING:Now we know that The Ultimare Warrior is a colorful personality that lived every bit up to his gimmick (this dude even changed his legal name to Warrior) but this is getting a bit out of control. Warrior started posting videos and comments on his official blog and twitter accounts about Hulk Hogan, accusing him of various things and claiming he will prove them one by one on an upcoming one-hour video. Hogan responded by threatening to sue him and "praying" for Warrior's "full of hatred" life. Let's see how this one turns out as some very serious accusations and threats were made.
SCOTT NORTON UPDATE:Scott Norton, one of the most dangerous heavy-hitters in Pro Wrestling history is much in the bodyguard bussiness right now with much success (clients include Prince, Kendra Wilkinson and other celebrities) and he is still hitting the gym hard! That is good news!
VADER SPEAKS OUT- AT LAST!:On a more happy update since our last one, Vader has finally come out of his shell and gave a very honest interview with WWE.com for their "Where Are They Now" section. Definitely check it out, covers a bunch of topics. An alumni profile is also available.
FAREWELL MACHO MAN... WE WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH: Sad Update guys.... Unfortunately today we lost one of the greatest gems in the wrestling world, one of the greatest to ever lace a pair of boots and one of the kindest hearts. BigVanVader.Com staff is deeply saddened to announce that Macho Man Randy Savage was killed in a car crash earlier today (May 20th 2011) after suffering a heart attack while driving, causing him to smash the vehicle on a tree. The entire wrestling industry is shocked and various wrestlers and personalities commented on media. We dedicate BigVanVader.Com to his legacy, he will be truly missed... Rest In Peace Macho, and go win that Heaven Wrestling Championship belt ASAP.
ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER INDUCTED INTO WWE HALL OF FAME: One of the most deserving stars was inducted in this year's WWE Hall Of Fame. Abdullah The Butcher, the father of hardcore and one of the best big men to ever lace a pair of boots got what he deserved and let us know that he was very happy about it. Maybe next year it's Vader Time! Either way, congratulations Abby from everyone here at BigVanVader.Com , we love you and wish you always the best!
NEW WRESTLING NETWORK +MAIL CHANGE: We are very pleased to announce the launch of an excellent new wrestling website, Grapplezone.com. BigVanVader.Com's webmaster has an entry there too, here! Thanks to the webmaster, Mr. Eddie Galbally. Also we would like to announce that if you wish to mail us, the address is changed. All links are updated.
TMAS LIVE SERIES IN NOTTINGHAM: COMBAT and FIGHTER'S magazines put up a great first of a series of martial arts shows in Nottingham on November 28. "TMAS Live Series" phase 2 is now on the way for the 20th of February and pre-registrations have already began! British practitioners, go for it! More information here. And don't forget to check Youtube for videos of the T1 show. BigVanVader.com applauds such efforts in promoting the Budo way. "Just come to the show and have a great time!"- Ted Galbally, editor
MERRY XMAS EVERYONE: Everyone here at BigVanVader.Com wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We assure you that this site will be alive and @ss-kicking in 2011 once again! God Bless You all.
LUNA VACHON PASSING: Our deepest condolensces to the Vachon familiy for the sudden loss of Luna. She will be missed.
BIGVANVADER.COM GETS ANOTHER MENTION IN FIGHTER'S MAGAZINE: WWE's unfair war against our youtube channel is mentioned in this month's Fighter's magazine.
OKLAHOMA DAILY ARTICLE ON VADER: The Oklahoma Daily ran an article this week on the son of former World Champion Vader, Jesse White, who also played football at the University of Oklahoma. The article talked about how Jesse is training for a career in pro wrestling and included comments from Vader and Jim Ross. Jesse is training for wrestling two days a week now and is working for Midsouth Pro Wrestling in Oklahoma. It was noted that Vader is still planning shows in Japan and North America through his company, Vader Time Promotions and will be holding a week-long wrestling camp later this year at the Paradise City Night Club in Oklahoma City. Vader says he will be trying to help Jesse live his dream and get a contract with WWE. Vader said: "The main thing to me is he approaches the opportunities correctly. He has to leave the arrogance behind. You have to stay humble, and bring God with you on the road. That's something I didn't do for a long time."
HE IS FINALLY BACK!: Vader once again returned to the ring yesterday (April 29th) in Tokyo, teaming with his son Jesse and Too Cold Scorpio to defeat Tatsumi Fujinami, Tamon Honda and Makoto Hashi in the main event at Shinjuku Face. We hope that maybe it is time we enjoy the father/son duo in a major usa network!If anyone would like to send any photos/videos from the event to be posted here, it would be welcome!
VADER HAVING DINNER AT ROSS' BARBEQUE: From Jim Ross' blog: "Yours truly enjoyed a nice visit and a great dinner with Big Van Vader aka Leon White and his son Jesse White at JR's BBQ Friday night. Vader has really made some significant changes in his life including becoming a Born Again Christian and dropping about 60 pounds or so. Leon is still a big man but at 340 he looks great for a guy who still wants to occasionally step in the ring. He's training differently and certainly eating differently these days. Some indy promoters, etc may be missing some unique opportunities by not using Big Van Vader on selected cards with the right creative around him. Vader and Jesse will be teaming in Tokyo later in April which I am anxious to see a DVD of when possible. Jesse came to Oklahoma University as a big time high school football center, #1 in America, but injured his hip while at close to 300 pounds. That injury ended Jesse's football career. Jesse is now a month away from graduating and weighs approximately 235 and looks terrific. His hip issues were largely resolved after he dropped the excess pounds. Jesse turns 24 on Monday and has a bright future in the wrestling business of which we throughly discussed. For those keeping score at home, Leon had a Tabasco Chicken Salad and smoked chicken soft tacos and pinto beans at our place, with no cold beer, and no fried pie for desert. Vader and Jesse are teaming at a small, Oklahoma indy show on Sunday afternoon."
JIM ROSS ARTICLE ON VADER'S WHEREABOUTS : From Jim Ross' blog: "On Vader's whereabouts: Leon "Vader" White emailed me this week and is sending me some things of which to remember our late, old friend Steve "Dr. Death" Williams. Leon has made many, personal, life style changes not to mention becoming a Born Again Christian. Leon and his son Jesse will form a tag team in April in Japan which will undoubtedly be an exiting experience for father and son. Jesse graduates from Oklahoma University in May and will likely test the waters in pro wrestling upon getting his college degree. Jesse is about 6'1"-240 pounds and is healthy now that he has stepped away from big time, college football and isn't carrying the additional weight that he did when he was the top center in high school football in America. Jesse has done some training with the incomparable Harley Race who used to manage Jesse's dad, Big Van Vader, in Atlanta's WCW ."
YOUTUBE CHANNEL REBUILD: NJPW claimed copyright on almost all of our videos so the channel will be upgraded with new material. Anyone who has non-copyrighted material of Vader drop an email here. Thank you.
ARTICLE ON JESSE WHITE: Oklahoma Daily has an article up on Vader's son, Jesse White, and his journey to become a pro wrestler. You can check that out here.
IT'S ON, NJPW ATTACKS BIGVANVADER.COM YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR GOOD: Such a low move, 1 more copyright complaint. And no answer to our disputes, or even a message in english from NJPW. All 4 videos we received complaints for were removed. WE PROMISE TO UPLOAD MORE NON-COPYRIGHTED CONTENT SOON. THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OUR SUBSCRIBERS.
ANOTHER LEGAL NOTICE FROM NJPW:So this is the third in a row. After removing the first video and disputing the second (to which we received no answer), a third notice about a video is sent to us, and again in Japanese. Another dispute opened, since no profit loss occurs to NJPW from our actions. And one more time, to NJPW staff, SEND YOUR EMAILS IN ENGLISH, NOT JAPANESE. Thank you.
NEWEST LEGAL NOTICE ON YOUTUBE FROM NJPW:About another Vader video this time and still notifications in Japanese. We will see where this goes. Dispute opened this time. We will keep you posted on any updates.
LEGAL NOTICE TO BIGVANVADER.COM ONCE AGAIN:This time directed at "bigvancrush", the official Youtube channel of bigvanvader.com concerning a video of Vader Vs Inoki in NJPW. What a coincidence, now that Inoki will be inducted in the WWE Hall Of Fame. We will not dispute the claim, as a token of good faith we already removed the video we just find it sad that after all these years NJPW decided to act as someone else's puppet. Thanks a lot to the subscribers and supports of the channel and this site, you give us the motivation to continue.
WWE VS TNA ON MONDAY NIGHT, BRET HART RETURN, HOGAN RUNNING TNA: According to PWInsider.com, this past Monday's edition of Raw drew a final rating of 3.6 and 5.6 million viewers, the same number it did last week. It drew a 3.51 and 5,441,000 viewers for the first hour, and a 3.73 and 5,773,000 viewers for the second. TNA iMPACT! did a 1.5 rating, with the two hours against RAW doing a strong 1.3. The show did hours of 1.7, 1.4 and 1.2. TNA was very happy with the numbers and decided to finally go head-to-head with Raw every week from now on. Bret Hart hosted WWE Raw and returned to a WWE ring after 13 years and got huge reaction both from the fans and the WWE wrestlers (well except DX perhaps). Meanwhile Hulk Hogan is officially running the show on TNA. Good luck to both of these 2 icons.
REST IN PEACE DR. DEATH: Another true legend left us too early. After a long battle with cancer, "Dr. Death" Steven Williams passed away (May 14, 1960 – December 29, 2009). May his soul Rest In Peace.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR: Merry Christmas everybody and a Happy New Year! Our best wishes from everyone here at bigvavnader.com for a great 2010!
NEW VADER DVD, "THE HISTORY OF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP": A great collection released by WWE this month, featuring Vader's encounters with Ron Simmons and Ricky Steamboat for the WCW world title.
EDDIE "UMAGA" FATU PASSES AWAY: Edward Fatu a.k.a. Umaga passed away yesterday after suffering two heart attacks. He was 36. Our deepest condolences to Mr. Fatu's family. He had just returned from the Hulkamania Tour in Australia. Umaga was the man that Vader said "reminded him of himself" among today's talent because of his mobility in the ring and wrestling skill. Rest In Peace Eddie.
COMBAT & FIGHTERS MAGAZINES: For English fans especially, do not forget to pick up the latest issues of "Combat" and "Fighters" magazines. Lot's of great stuff in there and a great article mentioning Vader. And a surprise mention in upcoming January's issue! My personal thanks to Mr. Ted Galbally. The official websites of the magazines here and here.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!: The stuff of Bigvanvader.Com wishes everyone Happy Thanksgiving! We would like to thank you for your longtime support guys.
HULK HOGAN NEW DVD COLLECTION, 2 VADER MATCHES INCLUDED: A great collection released by WWE is available for purchase now. Featuring great Hogan matches, and the Hogan/Savage vs Vader/Flair and Hogan vs Vader (at Bash At The Beach) encounters.
VADER APPEARANCE FOR SON DEBUT: On November 8th at the Mid-South Wrestling Alliance in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Big Van Vader will be on hand signing autographs and watching his son Jesse White make his professional wrestling debut. Source.
BIG VAN VADER RETURNS AT IZW: On Saturday November 7th, Impact Zone Wrestling presents Halloween Hangover featuring the return of Big Van Vader to IZW. Source.
BIG TIME NEWS FOR THE WRESTLING INDUSTRY: The Immortal Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff have signed full-time contracts with TNA Wrestling! The legend will square-off against Vince McMahon for tv ratings once again! Finally some serious competition for WWE. Source
BIG VAN VADER AT CHARLOTTE: The 2009 NWA Wrestling Legends Fanfest Weekend, held Aug. 6-9 at the University Hilton Place Hotel in Charlotte featured a reported guest appearance by Vader.
RETRO VADER ENCYCLOPEDIA RETURNS!: Hello everyone, we wish you happy summer vacations. The encyclopedia section has returned, Vader trivia and other content added. More updates at September.
THE RISE AND FALL OF WCW: A very exciting dvd 3-disc set released by WWE. Available from 8/25. Features Vader's title match with Sting from The Great American Bash 1992 and many interesting stories concerning the defunct colossus of pro wrestling industry.
JESSE WHITE: Mr. White's son has officialy started training as a professional wrestler scheduled to make his debut in Japan, after a back injury stopped his promising football career. Good Luck Jesse!
REST IN PEACE MITSUHARU MISAWA: It is with great sadness that we announce the unfortunate passing of a true legend. Mitsuharu Misawa, one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever step foot on the squared circle has tragically lost his life on June 13rd 2009 following an apparent heart attack after a back suplex. The report reads "Mitsuharu Misawa, one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all-time, was declared dead at 10:10 p.m. Saturday night at a hospital in Hiroshima from an apparent heart attack after being being given a back suplex in a tag team title match. Misawa would have turned 47 on June 18th. Misawa, the president of Pro Wrestling NOAH, was teaming with Go Shiozaki in a match challenging Bison Smith & Akitoshi Saito for the GHC tag team championship in Hiroshima. Misawa was given the move at about 8:45 p.m. and knocked unconscious. They were about 27 minutes into the match when the referee immediately stopped the match seeing what had happened." Source. Click here to watch the news report from Japanese television. Our condolences to his beloved ones from everyone here at BigVanVader.com .
MACHO MADNESS THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION: We are glad that WWE has finally released a Randy Savage best of match compilation. Check it out folks, definitely worth it.
VADER TIME PROMOTIONS: Leon White's promotion, Vader Time, has shows on July 1st and August 2nd in Tokyo, Japan using Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch as the top foreign tag team. We will try to get our hands on photos form the shows.
LATEST VADER RADIO APPEARANCE 29 APRIL 2009: Another one, In Your Head Wrestling Radio live tonight @8:05 PM EST. Number for live questions is 1-508-644-8503 . Source
WWE GREATEST STARS OF THE 90''S DVD: Well, it's been released in the past several times but it never gets boring. Vader vs Michaels match from Summerslam 1996. Plus a great battle with Sting from Slamboree 1994!
VADER IN SMACKDOWN VS RAW 2009 VIDEO GAME: Yes, finally he is available in smackdown vs raw 2009 via a new content pack (ordered online for PS3 and Xbox 360 owners). Accompanying Vader in the content pack are Bushwacker Butch, Bushwacker Luke, Doink the Clown, and Earthquake. In the press release, THQ senior creative manager Corey Ledesma said: "We are pleased to deliver a new downloadable content package for WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009. The addition of new playable Superstars to our roster is one of our most frequent requests from fans worldwide, and we are excited to expand the gameplay experience with talent from key moments in WWE history." The content pack is available now for $4.99 on PlayStation Network and 400 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live. Source
VADER RADIO APPEARANCE 22 APRIL 2009: Vader made another guest radio appearance a few days ago, here. It's good that the big man is more visible more and more in the USA recently.
VADER RADIO APPEARANCE MARCH 2009: Vader was a guest last month on False Count Radio where he explained his current business operations (Vader Time Promotions) and discussed several things including a contract offer he made to the late Andrew "Test" Martin. Click here for the official press release.
NEW VADER MARCH 2009 SHOOT INTERVIEW: With great pleasure I announce that after many years Leon has returned for a great shoot interview conducted by Kayfabe Commentaries. As expected, it is really interesting and covers some never-before mentioned topics. Entitled "Ringside with Vader", it can be bought here. Some very interesting reviews can be found here.
ARCHIVE + CONTACT US: We know there was some confusion about the mail addresses provided here but the problem has finally been resolved. Click here to reach us. Also some useful bigvanvader.com archives have recently been retrieved and will be edited and added soon.
VADER DVDS +WWE 24/7: More Vader dvds (produced by wwe) out. Summerslam Collection featuring Vader vs Michaels for the Heavyweight Championship (already in sale) and Starrcade The Essential Collection featuring his excellent matches with Sting and Flair, true classics (coming soon). Pal formatted. Also don't forget to check wwe.com for some good matches from his wcw days at the 24/7 section.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: Ric Flair finally sat down for a 13-hour (!) shoot with highspots, discussing a whole variety of topics concerning his career. Some interesting comments on Vader as well. Worth buying. here
UPDATE 10/04/2008: Added new photos, fixed broken links.
BIGVANVADER.COM OWNERSHIP CHANGE: MR. BRIAN COOPER, THE CREATOR OF BIGVANVADER.COM HAS STEPPED DOWN FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE SITE. WE WISH HIM THE BEST OF LUCK IN HIS FUTURE ENDEAVORS. His last statement was the following: "It's been an amazing five years. If anyone remembers the early days of the site and the horrendous design right up until the current layout from 2004 onwards. This site has grown to where it hit over a million hits per month at it's peak, survived the WWE legal dispute of late 2005 and has regularly been the best independent pro-wrestler website. Thank you for all your correspondence and support for the past few years but as evident from the past few months; my time and motivation for the site is at an all-time low. Rest assured that this isn't the end of BigVanVader.com. Check back soon for updates
from the new owner...".
FLAIR NAMECHECKS VADER: Just shy of perhaps his last pro-wrestling match at WrestleMania XXIV, Ric Flair namechecked Vader in an interview with the Boston NOW website. The article can be found here.
NEW VADER DVD: Silvervision are set to release yet another of their Tagged Classics series in May of this year. In Your House 23 & 24 includes two far-from-classics against Mark Henry and JBL. Pre-order the DVD here (disc available in Europe only.
FOUR NEW YOUTUBE VIDEOS: Big Van Vader takes on Shinya Hashimoto in the inaugural Hustle show, Scott Norton from the glory days of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Dan Maff in a JAPW beatdown alongside Mike Awesome, plus super dodgy camcorder footage from a 2008 Vader signing! Click here to watch the 30 Big Van Vader videos from New Japan, All Japan and NOAH. Click here to subscribe to the videos!
STING DVD CANCELLED: Thanks to Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
NEW VADER MERCHANDISE: Available in Japan, firstly a large size tee shirt (pictured) celebrating twentieth anniversary of Vader time in Japan, and secondly a one-track CD of Vader's NOAH theme tune.
NEW VADER DVD'S *UPDATE*: Three new Vader DVD's this month! The first ~ The Best of Raw - 15th Anniversary 3 disc extravaganza includes Leon beating the crap out of Gorilla Monsoon. The second ~ In Your House 17 & 18 double discage is available in Europe only and includes Vader and The Patriot vs. Bret Hart and Davey Boy Smith. Finally ~ In Your House 19 & 20 (also Europe only) includes Kane vs. Vader.
VADER HAS HIP OPERATION: Leon White recently underwent hip replacement surgery and is expected to make a full recovery in early 2008. Vader is all but retired now as a pro-wrestler (he waited til he was all but retired before undergoing surgery) and is expected to only make sporadic independent and Japanese appearances in 2008. Leon also works full-time as a car salesman in his native Colorado.
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