WWE has announced that Vader, real name Leon White, will be inducted into this year’s WWE Hall Of Fame.
His career spanned nearly three decades from his debut in 1985 until his retirement in 2012 where he worked for several top promotions. The Big Van Vader name was created during his time in Japan when he worked for All Japan Pro Wrestling and NJPW.
He had a run in WCW from 1990-1995 before going to WWE to WWE in 1996 until he left in 1998. While in both promotions, he was a main eventer.
He held the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times each in addition to the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once. Also, he was also a WGP Tag Team Champion alongside Bam Bam Bigelow.
In the last years of his life, Vader dealt with health issues. He passed away on June 18, 2018, after being hospitalized for pneumonia at just 63-years-old.
He joins The Undertaker, who will be inducted by Vince McMahon, in this year’s class. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 1st from the American Airlines Arena in Dallas and will air live on Peacock after Friday Night SmackDown.