||May 14, 1957
|Height & Weight:
||6'5" - 450 lbs
||Leon "Bull Power" White
"Baby Bull" Leon White
Big Van Vader
The Vader Bomb (WWF)
CWA World Heavyweight title (March 22, 1987);
NJPW IWGP Heavyweight title (April 24, 1989);
NJPW IWGP Heavyweight title (August 10, 1989);
CWA World Heavyweight title (August 21, 1989);
UWA World Heavyweight title (Movember 22, 1989)
CWA World Heavyweight title (December 22, 1990);
NJPW IWGP Heavyweight title (January 17, 1991);
CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight title (December 21, 1991);
NJPW IWGP Tag Team titles w/Bam Bam Bigelow (March 1, 1992);
WCW World Heavyweight title defeating Sting (July 12, 1992);
WCW World Heavyweight title defeating Ron Simmons (December 30, 1992);
WCW World Heavyweight title defeating Sting (March 17, 1993);
WCW United States Heavyweight title defeating Jim Duggan (December 27, 1994);
AJPW Unified Triple Crown Heavyweight title (March 6, 1999);
AJPW Unified Triple Crown Heavyweight title (October 20, 1999);
AJPW World Tag Team titles w/Steve Williams (February 20, 2000);
NOAH GHC Tag Team titles w/Scorpio (October 19, 2001);
Impact Zone Wrestling (Oklahoma) Heavyweight title (2005);
New Japan Pro Wrestling
December 27, 1987 - Sumo Hall: Big Van Vader defeated Antonio Inoki..
April 24, 1989 - Tokyo Dome: Big Van Vader beat Masa Chono, Tatsumi Fujinami & Shinya Hashimoto to win the vacant IWGP title..
July 13, 1989 - Sumo Hall: Big Van Vader defeated Salman Hashimikov..
August 10, 1989 - Sumo Hall: Big Van Vader pinned Riki Choshu to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title!
February 10, 1990 - Tokyo Dome: Big Van Vader (IWGP Champion) fought to a Double Countout with Stan Hansen..
July 7, 1990 - WCW Great American Bash: Big Van Vader pinned Tom Zenk..
August 19, 1990 - Sumo Hall: Riki Choshu defeated Big Van Vader for the IWGP title..
September 30, 1990 - Inoki's 30th Anniversary Show: Antonio Inoki & Tiger Jeet Singh defeated Big Van Vader & Animal Hamaguchi..
February 24, 1991 - WCW WrestleWar: Big Van Vader vs Stan Hansen fought to a Double Disqualification..
March 21, 1991 - Tokyo Dome: Big Van Vader & Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Doom..
June 12, 1991 - Budokan Hall: Big Van Vader pinned Scott Norton..
August 9, 1991 - Sumo Hall: Big Van Vader defeated Scott Norton by Count Out..
August 10, 1991 - Sumo Hall: Keiji Mutoh defeated Big Van Vader..
August 11, 1991 - Sumo Hall: Big Van Vader/Bam-Bam Bigelow/Scott Norton beat Hiroshi Hase/Kensuke Sasaki/Tatsumi Fujinami..
October 27, 1991 - WCW Halloween Havoc: Sting/Gigante/Steiners beat Vader/Cactu/Abdullah/Diamond Stud in a "Chamber of Horrors"..
December 29, 1991 - WCW Starrcade: Big Van Vader & Mr. Hughes beat Rick Steiner & the Nightstalker..
~~~Later in the night, Big Van Vader competed in a "2 Ring Battle Royal", which was won by Sting..
January 4, 1992 - WCW/NJPW Super Show II: Big Van Vader vs El Gigante fought to a Double Disqualification..
January 21, 1992 - WCW Clash of the Champions XVIII: The Steiner Brothers defeated Big Van Vader & Mr. Hughes..
March 1, 1992 - 20th Anniversary Show: Big Van Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow defeated Hiro Hase & Keiji Mutoh for the IWGP Tag titles..
April 30, 1992 - Sumo Hall: Big Van Vader & Bam-Bam Bigelow defeated Masa Chono & Keiji Mutoh..
June 26, 1992 - Budokan Hall: The Steiner Brothers defeated Big Van Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow..
World Championship Wrestling
July 12, 1992 - Great American Bash: Big Van Vader beat Sting to win the WCW Heavyweight Title..
September 2, 1992 - Clash of the Champions XX: Vader/Invader/Rude/Roberts vs N.Koloff/Sting/Steiner Brothers..
~~~Vader was disqualified, but Rick Rude & Jake Roberts 'survived' this elemination match..
October 25, 1992 - Halloween Havoc: Big Van Vader won over Nikita Koloff.
Nov/Dec 1992 - King Of Cable Tournament: Big Van Vader defeated Tony Atlas and Dustin Rhodes to reach the finals at Starrcade..
December 28, 1992 - Starrcade: Big Van Vader & Dustin Rhodes beat Kensuke Sasaki & The Barbarian..
~~~Later in the night, Sting pinned Big Van Vader to wub the "King of Cable" tournament..
~~~Big Van Vader then competed in the "2-Ring Battle Royal", which was won by the Great Muta..
January 13, 1993 - Clash of the Champions XXII: Rhodes/Cactus/Sting beat Vader/Orndorff/Windham in a "Steel Cage" Match..
February 21, 1993 - SuperBrawl III: Big Van Vader defeated Sting in a "Leather Strap" Match..
May 23, 1993 - Slamboree: Big Van Vader (World champ) defeated Davey Boy Smith by Disqualification..
June 16, 1993 - Clash of the Champions XXIII: Big Van Vader/Rick Rude/Sid Vicious beat Dustin Rhodes/Davey Boy Smith/Sting..
July 18, 1993 - Beach Blast: Davey Boy Smith & Sting defeated Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious..
August 18, 1993 - Clash of the Champions XXIV: Big Van Vader defeated Davey Boy Smith..
September 19, 1993 - Fall Brawl: Sting/Davey Boy/Dustin Rhodes/Shockmaster beat Vader/Sid Vicious/Harlem Heat in "War Games"..
October 24, 1993 - Halloween Havoc: Big Van Vader defeated Cactus Jack in a "Texas Death Match"..
November 10, 1993 - Clash of the Champions XXV: Ric Flair defeated Big Van Vader by DQ (Vader retains World title)..
November 20, 1993 - Battlebowl: Vader & Cactus Jack defeated Charlie Norris & Kane (Later, Vader won the Battle Royal)..
Jesse Ventura Strongest Arms Arm-Wrestling Tournament 1993: Vader beat Nikita Koloff then lost to the eventual winner, Van Hammer..
December 27, 1993 - Starrcade: Ric Flair defeated Vader for the World Heavyweight title..
January 27, 1994 - Clash of the Champions XXVI: Sting & Ric Flair vs Big Van Vader & Rick Rude in an "Elimination" match..
~~~Big Van Vader was counted out, and Sting was the sole survivor of the match..
February 20, 1994 - Superbrawl IV: Ric Flair defeated Big Van Vader in a "Thundercage" match to retain the World title..
March 1994 - European Cup Tournament: Vader beat Paul Roma, Cactus Jack and Ric Flair, before falling to Sting in the finals..
April 17, 1994 - Spring Stampede: Big Van Vader pinned The Boss..
May 22, 1994 - Slamboree: Sting defeated Big Van Vader to win the vacant International title..
July 17, 1994 - Bash At The Beach: Big Van Vader defeated The Guardian Angel by Disqualification..
September 18, 1994 - Fall Brawl: Big Van Vader defeated Sting and The Gardian Angel in a "Triangle" match..
October 23, 1994 - Halloween Havoc: Big Van Vader pinned The Guardian Angel..
November 16, 1994 - Clash of the Champions XXIX: Big Van Vader defeated Dustin Rhodes..
December 27, 1994 - Starrcade: Vader won the WCW United States Title from Jim Duggan.
February 19, 1995 - Superbrawl V: Hulk Hogan defeated Big Van Vader by DQ to retain the World title..
March 19, 1995 - Uncensored: Hulk Hogan defeated Big Van Vader in a "Leather Strap" match to retain..
May 21, 1995 - Slamboree: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage beat Big Van Vader & Ric Flair..
July 16, 1995 - Bash At The Beach: Hulk Hogan defeated Big Van Vader in a "Steel Cage" match..
August 4, 1995 - Clash of the Champions XXXI: Big Van Vader beat Ric Flair & Arn Anderson in a handicap match..
August 29, 1995: Vader & Paul Orndorff are involved in a locker room altercation which would eventually lead to Vader's dismissal..
World Wrestling Federation
Royal Rumble 1996: Vader debuted in the WWF and competed in the Royal Rumble match..
Wrestlemania XII: Vader/Owen Hart/Davey Boy Smith defeated Jake Roberts/Ahmed Johnson/Yokozuna..
April 1996 - IYH Good Friends, Better Enemies: Vader defeated Razor Ramon..
May 26, 1996 - Beware Of Dog I: Yokozuna defeated Vader..
May 28, 1996 - Beware of Dog II: Vader defeated Yokozuna..
King of the Ring 1996: Jake Roberts defeated Vader in the semi-finals of the KotR by DQ..
July 1996 - International Incident: Vader/Owen Hart/British Bulldog defeated Shawn Michaels/Ahmed Johnson/Sycho Sid..
Summerslam 1996: Shawn Michaels defeated Vader to retain the Heavyweight title..
September 1996 - Mind Games: Sycho Sid defeated Vader in a dark match..
October 1996 - Buried Alive: Sycho Sid defeated Vader..
Survivor Series 1996: Vader/Faarooq/Razor Ramon/Diesel vs Yokozuna/Flash Funk/Jimmy Snuka/Savio Vega (NO CONTEST)..
Royal Rumble 1997: Vader defeated The Undertaker--then competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Steve Austin..
February 1997 - Final Four: Bret Hart defeated Vader, Steve Austin & The Undertaker in a "Final Four" to win the Heavyweight title!
February 1997 - European Title Tournament: Vader defeated Rocky Maivia, then lost to the eventual winner, the British Bulldog..
Wrestlemania XIII: Owen Hart & British Bulldog vs Vader & Mankind fought to a Double Countout..
1997: Vader was involved in an incident on a Kuwaiti talk show--during an international tour, Vader was the guest of a talk show..
~~~Vader was asked by the host, Bassam Al Otham if "wrestling was fake"..
~~~Vader then started throwing furniture around and shouting in the face of host..
~~~There were threats of jail time and heavy fines for Vader at the time because the host felt his honor had been diminished..
April Kuwaiti Cup 1997: Vader beat Bart Gunn and Freddie Joe Floyd, before losing to Owen Hart in the semi-finals..
May 1997 - A Cold Day In Hell: Ken Shamrock defeated Vader in a "No Holds Barred" match..
June 1997 - Raw Tag Team Tournament: Farooq & DLo Brown defeated Vader & The Undertaker in the first round..
July 1997 - Canadian Stampede: The Undertaker defeated Vader to retain the Heavyweight title..
September 27, 1997 - One Night Only: Vader defeated Owen Hart..
September 28, 1997 - FMW Fall Spectacular: Vader defeated Ken Shamrock in an "Ultimate Rules" match..
October 1997 - Badd Blood: Bret Hart & British Bulldog defeated Vader & The Patriot..
Survivor Series 1997: Vader/Marc Mero/Steve Blackman/Goldust vs British Bulldog/Jim Neidhart/Phil Lafon/Doug Furnas..
~~~Vader was eliminated by the sole 'survivor', The British Bulldog..
Royal Rumble 1998: Vader defeated Goldust.
February 15, 1998 - No Way Out of Texas: Kane defeated Vader..
May 1998 - Over The Edge: Kane defeated Vader in a "Mask vs. Mask" match..
July 26, 1998 - Fully Loaded: Mark Henry defeated Vader..
Summerslam 1998: Skull & 8Ball defeated Vader & Justin Bradshaw in a dark match..
September 1998 - Breakdown: Justin Bradshaw defeated Vader in a "Falls Count Anywhere" Match..
All Japan Pro Wrestling
December 5, 1998 - Real World Tag League: Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama defeated Vader & Stan Hansen in the finals..
March 6, 1999 - Budokan Hall: Vader defeated Akira Taue for the vacant Triple Crown..
April 16, 1999 - Champion Carnival: Vader defeated Kenta Kobashi to win the 1999 Champion Carnival..
May 2, 1999 - Tokyo Dome: Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Vader for the Triple Crown..
June 11, 1999 - Budokan Hall: Vader pinned Bart Gunn..
July 23, 1999 - Budokan Hall: Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama defeated Vader & Gary Albright..
September 4, 1999 - Budokan Hall: Vader defeated Misuharu Misawa..
October 30, 1999 - Budokan Hall: Vader defeated Mitsuharu Misawa for the Triple Crown title..
Nov/Dec 1999 - Real World Tag Team League: Vader & Johnny Smith competed in the league, won by Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama..
December 3, 1999 - Budokan Hall: Vader/Johnny Smith/Maunukea Mossman beat Mitsuharu Misawa/Yoshinari Ogawa/Satoro Asako..
February 27, 2000 - Budokan Hall: Kenta Kobashi defeated Vader for the Triple Crown title..
March/April 2000 - Champion Carnival: Vader defeated Yoshihiro Takayama, then lost to Mitsuharu Misawa..
October 19, 2001 - Vader & Too Cold Scorpio defeayed Jun Akiyama & Akitoshi Saito to win the GHC Tag Team title tournament..
July 1, 2002 - Leon "Vader" White was arrested on suspicion of spitting and threatening officers, resisting arrest,
~~~drinking and driving, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident..
~~~Leon White had apparently driven his sports utility vehicle into a bush about a block from his home,
~~~suffering a cut on the head, and left the scene to go home.
~~~The police went to White's home and he said he was looking for bullfrogs and catfish in a pond and crashed while driving home.
~~~The officers said White appeared to be drunk, and when asked if he'd been drinking, said:
~~~"I will and can kick all of your asses! Let's fight," according to the arrest report.
~~~The officers got their dogs out and Vader did the Vanderlei Silva with the dogs,
~~~picked up two rocks and threatened to throw them at the officers, and spit at one, but missed.
~~~Eventually the officers talked him into cooperation and he was handcuffed and taken in without an incident.
~~~This would be his third drinking and driving arrest in Boulder.
NWA: Total Nonstop Action
February 19, 2003 - NWA^TNA: Vader makes a suprise appearance running in to save Dusty Rhodes..
February 26, 2003 - NWA:TNA: Vader & Dusty Rhodes beat Ron & Don Harris via DQ when Siaki, Desire & Nikita Koloff run in..
January 4, 2004 - Z1 Hustle-1: Shin'ya Hashimoto defeated Big Van Vader..
June 5, 2004--Jersey All Pro Wrestling: Vader & Mike Awesome defeated Dan Maff & Samoa Joe..
WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Legend
October 31, 2005 - RAW: The Coach & Goldust challenged any other Smackdown! wrestler to a match at Taboo Tuesday..
~~~Batista came down and fought with The Coach & Goldust until Big Van Vader came down and absolutely destroyed Batista!
November 1, 2005 - Taboo Tuesday: Batista defeated Jonathan Coachman w/Goldust & Big Van Vader in a Street Fight!
~~~Fans Chose The Stipulation Of Match: 1) Verbal Debate, 2) Arm Wrestling, or 3) Street Fight (91%)..
November 19, 2005--Mid South Wrestling Alliance: Prince al-Farat/Slash bin Rotten/Disciples of Allah beat The Patriots & Vader
December 10, 2005--IZW (OK): Aaron Neil & John Zorthos & Bernie Donderwitz vs Vader & The Old School Assassins (2DQ)..
December 10, 2005--MSWA: Big Van Vader & The Angry Americans defeated Prince al-Farat & Slash bin Rotten & The Outlaw..
January 14, 2006--Impact Zone Wrestling: Big Van Vader defeated Aaron Neil to retain the IZW title..
January 15, 2006--Mid-South Wrestling Alliance: Big Van Vader defeated Dr. Jon Davis..
March 18, 2006--Impact Zone Wrestling: Aaron Neil defeated Big Van Vader to win the Impact Zone title
March 19, 2006--Mid-South Wrestling Alliance: Big Van Vader & Michael Faith & Bad Boy beat Angel Williams & Aaron Neil & Se7en
Vince Chaisson wrote in with this info: Week of May 1-8, 2005 (specific date uncertain) - Vader appeared in a bit at the end of an episode of Blue Collar TV. He was dressed in street clothes and only on camera briefly. The bit ended the show with Larry the Cable Guy, Jeff Foxworthy, and Bill Engvall coming out dressed as "wrestlers" and challenging any 3 people in the audience to come and get a piece of them. Vader was one of the three guys who came up to accept the challenge, and Jeff Foxworthy and Co. ran from the stage, chased into the back by Vader and Co.