Sting, Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, react to the death of Big Van Vader

I’m bummed out hearing about the death of Big Van Vader. As an 80s wrestling fan, I was used to big guys like Andre the Giant, Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy, but nobody was like Vader. He was savage, mean and a mauler. His moves looked like the hurt and he had an intensity that was unmatched.

The WWF seemed clueless about how to use him as if they’d never seen him battle Sting, Ric Flair, Cactus Jack or Ron Simmons. But in WCW? Vader was great. He was responsible for some of the best WCW matches of the early 90s and they’re well worth revisiting.

It really sucks that Vader didn’t get in to the WWE Hall of Fame before his death. It seems like the Hall  can either add more people or drop the celebrities. It seems stupid Kid Rock and Drew Carey actually get to enjoy that moment while Vader just had to watch and hope for his turn.

Here’s some of what Vader’s peers and colleagues had to say about his death.



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