As noted a few days ago, Vader had a match at Korakuen Hall as part of the show celebrating the 45th anniversary of the debut of Tatsumi Fujinami. The belief was that he had fainted from being dehydrated and he was able to walk out under his own power, although he is telling people that it was from a concussion after being dropped on his head.
The real sad part of the story came from this week’s Wrestling Observer newsletter. Vader was open about his congenital heart failure diagnosis and told people that he wanted to live out the rest of his life on his terms and that’s why he accepted the offer to wrestle this past weekend.
It was not said but the feeling there, even before he passed out, was that this would probably be his last time in Japan. Vader has gone on record saying that he does not have much time to live and would love to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I think all fans would agree that he deserves to be in the HOF. Vader was one of the top heels of the early 90s and is considered to be one of the best monster heels of all time. When he first arrived on the scene, there was no one at his size that moved around like he did.
Feel very good about my perfomance in Japan wked my ass off got in shape got the job done 2yrs my ass
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) April 25, 2017