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Leon White grew up on the tough streets of Compton, before taking on the world. His impressive college football days led him to the NFL culminating at the Super Bowl. After reinventing himself, he debuted as a wrestler battling monsters like Bruiser Brody and Jerry Blackwell. Then, on a Japanese tour, he was given a new gimmick. As “Big Van Vader,” he beat the undefeated A Leon White grew up on the tough streets of Compton, before taking on the world. His impressive college football days led him to the NFL culminating at the Super Bowl. After reinventing himself, he debuted as a wrestler battling monsters like Bruiser Brody and Jerry Blackwell. Then, on a Japanese tour, he was given a new gimmick. As “Big Van Vader,” he beat the undefeated Antonio Inoki for the IWGP title and had his eyeball literally pulled out of his skull by Stan Hansen, initiating his own legendary monster status. After winning titles around the world with every major promotion (wrestling names like Sting, Mick Foley, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan) this mastodon became “The Greatest Super Heavyweight of All Time,” while also being a father. Read how his reign of terror continued even after getting an expiration date; a diagnosis of only “two years to live.” This is the story of his life …and a legacy that will last forever. This is Vader Time.


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Leon White grew up on the tough streets of Compton, before taking on the world. His impressive college football days led him to the NFL culminating at the Super Bowl. After reinventing himself, he debuted as a wrestler battling monsters like Bruiser Brody and Jerry Blackwell. Then, on a Japanese tour, he was given a new gimmick. As “Big Van Vader,” he beat the undefeated A Leon White grew up on the tough streets of Compton, before taking on the world. His impressive college football days led him to the NFL culminating at the Super Bowl. After reinventing himself, he debuted as a wrestler battling monsters like Bruiser Brody and Jerry Blackwell. Then, on a Japanese tour, he was given a new gimmick. As “Big Van Vader,” he beat the undefeated Antonio Inoki for the IWGP title and had his eyeball literally pulled out of his skull by Stan Hansen, initiating his own legendary monster status. After winning titles around the world with every major promotion (wrestling names like Sting, Mick Foley, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan) this mastodon became “The Greatest Super Heavyweight of All Time,” while also being a father. Read how his reign of terror continued even after getting an expiration date; a diagnosis of only “two years to live.” This is the story of his life …and a legacy that will last forever. This is Vader Time.

30 review for Vader Time: KINDLE EBOOK EDITION

  1. 4 out of 5

    Irene Quicksword

    I was a huge fan of Vader back in the day so as soon as I saw this I had to buy it and read it. Vader died last year and was one of the best and arguably very underrated, he was also quite a character that was involved in a lot of trouble as well as being around in certain iconic moments in wrestling history. I would highly recommend this too any 90s wrestling fan and although not as good as Bret Harts or Nitro this is one of the better wrestling biographies out there. However I do feel that a lot I was a huge fan of Vader back in the day so as soon as I saw this I had to buy it and read it. Vader died last year and was one of the best and arguably very underrated, he was also quite a character that was involved in a lot of trouble as well as being around in certain iconic moments in wrestling history. I would highly recommend this too any 90s wrestling fan and although not as good as Bret Harts or Nitro this is one of the better wrestling biographies out there. However I do feel that a lot of the problems and incidents regarding Vader’s temper were missed out, the editing for the book is also quite poor at times and it does jump around a lot and I feel the ghost writer should have done a better job with this. Overall I really enjoyed this and would suggest that if you can find a copy to give this a go.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristin DeVille

    This was the book that I was waiting for the most and it did NOT disappoint! If you are a wrestling fan, or a Boy Meets World fan, then you want to read this book about Vader! A great understanding of Leon White's life through Kenny Casanova's writing. This was the book that I was waiting for the most and it did NOT disappoint! If you are a wrestling fan, or a Boy Meets World fan, then you want to read this book about Vader! A great understanding of Leon White's life through Kenny Casanova's writing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    **1/2: Vader was my favorite wrestler throughout my middle-high school years. An amazing athlete and believable monster who had mastered the art of storytelling in the ring. Reading his autobiography was difficult. It was self-published by his son and it shows in the sloppy editing and production job: lots of typos and tangents and repetition. Vader doesn’t pull any punches, he is honest to a fault and the nosedive his life and career took from the late-90s til his unfortunate passing in 2018 is **1/2: Vader was my favorite wrestler throughout my middle-high school years. An amazing athlete and believable monster who had mastered the art of storytelling in the ring. Reading his autobiography was difficult. It was self-published by his son and it shows in the sloppy editing and production job: lots of typos and tangents and repetition. Vader doesn’t pull any punches, he is honest to a fault and the nosedive his life and career took from the late-90s til his unfortunate passing in 2018 is heartbreaking to read: bad choices compounded by bad luck. His legacy never truly recovered. Vader should be in the Hall Of Fame. His story should’ve been professionally published along with a career retrospective. Instead, he has become more of a footnote, despite being one of the most highly decorated, biggest drawing wrestlers of the 90’s. This made me sad but even though I no longer follow or watch wrestling, it will always be Vader Time!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kenny Casanova

    It's time... It's time... It's time to read VADER TIME! It's time... It's time... It's time to read VADER TIME!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lance Lumley

    I was not a Big Van Vader fan in wrestling. I followed him from the AWA through his WWE career, but he just did not connect with me, especially in WCW being a huge Sting fan. This book is filled with wrestling tales, along with emotional backdrops along with way with numerous health issues that eventually led to his 2018 death. The book covers his career in wrestling, football , and acting. Some of the numerous enjoyable tales involve Sting, Harley Race, Ron Simmons, Mick Foley, Bruiser Brody, a I was not a Big Van Vader fan in wrestling. I followed him from the AWA through his WWE career, but he just did not connect with me, especially in WCW being a huge Sting fan. This book is filled with wrestling tales, along with emotional backdrops along with way with numerous health issues that eventually led to his 2018 death. The book covers his career in wrestling, football , and acting. Some of the numerous enjoyable tales involve Sting, Harley Race, Ron Simmons, Mick Foley, Bruiser Brody, and Stan Hansen. There are politics from the locker room with Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan. A great, and informative part, is how the character of Vader was created in Japan, along with the other wrestlers who were considered to take the role. For an in depth review, visit my site at : https://lancewrites.wordpress.com/201...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thecosloans

    Great Read for True Fans Lots of great stories from Leon, are they all 100% true? I hope so but wouldn't be surprised to find some embellishment. There were some really weird editing issues but wonder if those happened in converting to an ebook. Anyway, highly enjoyable read for some who followed his entire career. Give it a try. Great Read for True Fans Lots of great stories from Leon, are they all 100% true? I hope so but wouldn't be surprised to find some embellishment. There were some really weird editing issues but wonder if those happened in converting to an ebook. Anyway, highly enjoyable read for some who followed his entire career. Give it a try.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Bateman

    seems a bit rushed, but there's more vader detail here than anyone could possibly hope for (and it lines up fairly consistently with vader's extensive "shoot" interviews on youtube). check out my ringer obit for leon white, if you're so inclined: https://www.theringer.com/2018/6/20/1... seems a bit rushed, but there's more vader detail here than anyone could possibly hope for (and it lines up fairly consistently with vader's extensive "shoot" interviews on youtube). check out my ringer obit for leon white, if you're so inclined: https://www.theringer.com/2018/6/20/1...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erin Hotovy

    Not great Some interesting stuff as there’s not a lot of English language books on this time frame of wrestling in Japan. However, a poorly written book with numerous errors and a weird habit of comparing things to bowel movements.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kellison

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    Todd Koval

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    Dan

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    Kevin Lowery

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    Scott Summerton

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Berkopes

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    Mark

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Hillman

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Miles

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barry Walsh

  20. 5 out of 5

    john beattie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rod

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rob Rains

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    Donna

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    Dave Wells

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    Lawrence Kenny

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Dobson

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    Jesse BREAD

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carole Workman

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