The Man They Call Vader: A POST Profile


In this special edition of the POST PROFILE, we present “The Man They Call Vader”.

John Pollock examines the life and career of the late Leon “Vader” White, who died this past Monday after battling pneumonia.

In this special, we speak with former colleagues Jim Ross and Bret Hart, “Eggshells: Pro Wrestling Inside the Tokyo Dome” author Chris Charlton, and Jordan Breen from Between Rounds Radio.

From his transition from football to professional wrestling, coming up through the AWA, his first international exposure with the Catch Wrestling Association, assuming the role of Big Van Vader in New Japan Pro Wrestling, to his time spent with World Championship Wrestling & the World Wrestling Federation, and eventual return to Japan for one last spectacular run.

We assess the legacy of one of the greatest big men to ever enter professional wrestling.

Music courtesy:
“Arcane”, “Cool Vibes”, “Division”, “Dub Feral”, “Floating Cities”, “Nerves”, “The Second Coming” & “Darkness is Coming” by Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Additional clips courtesy WWE, New Japan Pro Wrestling

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