Vader Profile

Born: May 14, 1955 (Leon White) | Birthplace: Lynwood, CaliforniaDied: June 18, 2018 (Heart Failure)Billed Hometown: The Rocky Mountains | Billed Weight: 450 lbsOther Aliases: Baby Bull, Bull Power, Big Van Vader, Super Vader, Vader Leon White started his pro wrestling career in 1985 with Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association, after his NFL career (1978-79 with the Los Angeles Rams) […]

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 2007 – Minoru Suzuki vs. Yuji Nagata

Note: This article was written in 2017 2007: Minoru Suzuki © vs Yuji Nagata – Triple Crown titleWrestle Kingdom (attendance: 28,000 / 18,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00168_1_7 It’s the first appearance of the Wrestle Kingdom name. New Japan celebrate their 35th anniversary by inviting All Japan to compete in a joint celebration (AJPW was founded in the same year) with the intention to recapture […]

NJPW Toukon Shidou Chapter 1 2006 – Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Note: This article was written in 2017. 2006: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Katsuyori ShibataToukon Shidou Chapter 1 (attendance: 31,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00167_1_8 We took a look at Shinsuke Nakamura for the 2004 event and in 2006 we meet the other two ‘New Musketeers’. Hiroshi Tanahashi and Katsuyori Shibata. Both graduates of the NJPW Dojo (alongside Nakamura), New Japan planned to build the future around […]

NJPW Toukon Festival 2005 – Heat vs. Tiger Mask IV

Note: This article was written in 2017 2005: Heat © vs Tiger Mask – IWGP Junior Heavyweight titleToukon Festival: Wrestling World 2005 (attendance: 46,000 / 36,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00165_1_3 It’s been six articles since we looked at the junior heavyweights, and you may be wondering why that is. In 2000 the role of booker in New Japan was taken over by Riki Choshu, […]

The Wrestling Roadshow: June 11, 2021

Our second podcast! On this episode Chris and Greg have a chat about wrestling. Topics we cover include the NWA Women’s title, Chris’s issues with Ring of Honor, New Japan and COVID, early FMW and WING, deathmatches and Greg’s discovery of ECW, Dark Side of the Ring and more. We even talk about WWE for once! There’s a little bit […]

NJPW Wrestling World 2004 – Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Note: This article was written in 2017 2004: Shinsuke Nakamura © vs Yoshihiro Takayama © – IWGP Heavyweight and NWF Heavyweight title unification matchWrestling World 2004 (attendance: 40,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00164_1_15 After re-establishing the NWF Heavyweight title a year ago, here we are back in the Tokyo Dome to unify it with the IWGP Heavyweight title. After defeating Tsuyoshi Kohsaka last year, Yoshihiro […]

NJPW Wrestling World 2002 – Jun Akiyama vs. Yuji Nagata (January 4, 2002)

Note: This article was written in 2017 2002: Jun Akiyama vs Yuji Nagata – GHC Heavyweight titleWrestling World 2002 (attendance: 52,000)http://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00159_1_10 GHC Heavyweight title? Yes, New Japan continues the co-operative approach with Pro Wrestling NOAH guest Jun Akiyama defending the Global Honoured Crown against NJPW’s Yuji Nagata. Jun Akiyama came through All Japan’s system and debuted against Kenta Kobashi in […]