Former WCW World Heavyweight Champion Big Van Vader announced his retirement from pro wrestling on Twitter. Vader, posted the following tweet this weekend. He said that he is leaving his “greatest love of all” in order to have a chance to see his unborn grandchildren in the future.
With Great Sorrow I leave my first born my greatest love of All for a chance to exist inthe same plain of existance of my Gr Ch yet to exist
— Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) June 4, 2017
For the convenience of the readers, Vader refers to wrestling as his first true love in the tweet. He stated that he had no option but to give it up in order to see his grandchildren one day. While it’s a loss for the pro wrestling industry if this is indeed his official retirement announcement, we’re glad he has called it quits considering his worn down body.
His last match was a six-man tag team match with Keiji Muto and AKIRA. It was against the team of Riki Choshu, Shiro Koshinaka and Fujinami back in April in Japan.
Vader struggled through congestive heart failure
The 62-year-old legend has been through the ringer ever since he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Sadly for the fans, the doctors initially gave him two years to live. However, the man known for his incredible toughness and willpower continued to wrestle across Japan and stated he would love to die in the ring.
He recently collapsed during a match in Japan. This may have forced him to take the decision to hang up his wrestling boots.
Vader inspired a generation of hard hitting brawlers
Vader is truly a pioneer in the world of professional wrestling as his hard-hitting style inspired a generation of brawlers. He was one of the few Super Heavyweights who could perform a splash off the top rope with remarkable ease after administering a deadly beat down on his opponents.
It’s a sad day for pro wrestling but also a relief for the fans who just couldn’t see him go through unnecessary punishment.
While the wrestling fraternity admires Vader’s spirit and dedication to the business, one just couldn’t watch him wrestle in his current state. He needs a miracle and everyone is praying tirelessly for it to happen.
The entire pro wrestling fraternity is called upon to pray for his well-being. Miracles do happen!
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