My favorite wrestler for years and years. My first wrestling monster in a world of Studds and Andres and Bundies. I could and did watch any of his Sting matches. Love how he was used (mostly) in WCW, even if he did banish Nikita Koloff.
Dang it all.
"To be the man, you gotta beat demands." -- The Lovely Mrs. Tracker
Man he was awesome in WCW. As great as Sting was, he became even greater working in those wars with Vader. He was a beast that could fly and it was amazing. The helmet for his entrance was always badass and had more of an impact that any pyro they throw out today.
I was also a big fan of how he arrived in WWE. The run didn't end well, but it was a hell of a way to start.
He had some superb matches over the year, not only in WCW but some of his Japan work was fantastic. When his eye popped out of its socket when he faced Stan Hansen is a memory that will live on. Would have been fitting if he was in the WWE HOF already rather than a posthumous induction, but he will certainly be remembered. RIP Vader. Vader Time will not be forgotten.
The lasting memory I'll have of Vader was his feud with Cactus Jack in WCW, where during one of their matches, he peels back the padding around the ring and Vader Bombs Cactus on the concrete. I was a kid at the time, and it still resonates as one of the most brutal wrestling beatdowns I've ever seen.
It was in 2016 that he came forward and said he wasn't long for the world, and that he only had a few years to live.
Vader was my absolute favorite of all time, and in terms of being a 'five tool' wrestler, he was way ahead of his time. He could promo, he could fly, he had power, ring psychology, and in-ring charisma. Almost a prototype of what most guys try to be today and what WWE developmental hopes for.
I say, if you really want to see something spectactular, go find Vader v Stan Hansen, AJPW 1990. Hansen knocked the guy's eye out of socket, he put it back into place, and kept going.
On that note, since he did come forward in 2016, and judging by his appearance on Table for 3 along with Sting, I would say he not only had little regrets, but also made peace with his existence.
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.