Mick Foley is a hardcore legend and WWE Hall Of Famer, now he has named who he sees as the biggest omission from that Hall Of Fame, naming a man he had some career-defining battles with.
Foley was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2013 after a career that saw him hold the WWE Championship three times as well as take part in some of the most famous battles in the ring of all time. Nobody who saw his Hell In A Cell match with The Undertaker in 1998 or his brutal Hardcore match with Edge at WrestleMania 22 will ever forget the spectacle Foley put on in the ring.
Now speaking to fellow WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin on his Broken Skull Sessions [available on Peacock/WWE Network], Mick Foley named who he sees as the most obvious exclusion from the Hall Of Fame.
“Leon [White aka Vader] to me is one of the glaring omissions from the Hall Of Fame. Worldwide he was one of the biggest drawing cards, bigger than me, not in WWE but worldwide for sure. But if you didn’t fight him back he’d eat you up, he was that wall. You could knock down that wall but he’d make you work for it.”
Vader made his name in the late eighties as Big Van Vader in New Japan Pro Wrestling. While there he had memorable wars with fellow American Stan Hansen and held the IWGP World Title three times, which is still a record for a non-Japanese wrestler.
He then went to WCW in the early nineties where he also won the WCW World Championship three times. It was in WCW where Vader and Foley had many of their famous wars. Including the infamous match that cost Foley most of his ear after he purposely caught himself in the ropes only to find they were wound too tight to get free.
In 1996 the World Wrestling Federation began working on Vader time as The Mastodon joined the company. By the side of Jim Cornette, Vader was the crown jewel in his Camp Cornette faction.
Sadly Leon White passed away in 2018 at the age of 63. His last appearance in WWE was at the Hall Of Fame ceremony in 2016 where he was the man to induct his old adversary Stan Hansen.