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Wrestling News: Big Van Vader collapses during show in Japan, Gives update on Twitter

Rohit Nath
60.36K   //    20 Apr 2017, 19:55 IST
Big Van Vader said that he had terminal health a few months ago

Wrestling legend Big Van Vader is in Japan as part of the Tatsumi Fujinami 45th anniversary show. According to Reddit user u/kamatacci who was in attendance, Vader had collapsed during the show. He had fallen back right as Antonio Inoki was making his way out to give a speech. 

While he was down, Keiji Mutoh and Akira Maeda were giving him water to help him cool down. He reportedly rolled out of the ring and walked back with little to no help, but had apparently stumbled outside as well. Here is a picture(of a picture) of Vader fallen down

A picture of Vader down and Riki Choshu and Keiji Mutoh trying to help

He was in a match with Puro legend Riki Choshu but had fallen down to one knee in a spot where they were exchanging blows to each other. The Reddit user also pointed out that he had taken a turnbuckle bump. Naturally, he did not look comfortable in the ring. 

Vader has two more appearances in the tour.

A few months ago, Vader had opened up about the fact that he was told by doctors that he only had two years to live. He has since started training with Diamond Dallas Page to do DDP Yoga and get back into shape. While it has definitely helped him, it isn’t to the point where he is ready to get to the ring. 

We wish the wrestling legend a speedy recovery!


Vader later updated fans on Twitter saying that he collapsed due to a nasty bump he took early on in the match and not because of anything related to his heart confition.

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Rohit Nath
Rohit is an avid wrestling fan and aspiring Sports Psychologist.
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