As noted earlier before, “Big Van Vader”, real name Leon White, passed away from heart complications and other medical problems with pneuomania.
Steve Austin on his podcast The Steve Austin Show talked about Vader and who was originally supposed to play the character of Vader.
“I think, if memory serves me correct, I think they originally wanted to give that gimmick to the Ultimate Warrior who I think passed it up,” said Austin. Despite the original idea, Austin feels that no other person would have served it justice, and it “ended up with the right man at the right time, because I don’t think anybody else could have pulled that gimmick like Leon did with his work style, with his athleticism. It was a parallel along with the first time I saw the Road Warriors.”
So there you have it. It was The Ultimate Warrior who was originally supposed to be Vader.
You can listen to the podcast by clicking here. Transcription by WrestlingInc.