The 50 greatest stars in WCW history

#11 Big Van Vader

Straight from the Rocky Mountains came The Man They Call Vader. Sporting arms the size of small children and a web of red straps gripping his face, The Mastodon was as imposing as they come.

Employing the legendary Harley Race as his manager, Big Van Vader manhandled Sting to win the WCW Championship at The Great American Bash in 1992 and began a reign of terror he dubbed “Vader Time.” He won the title twice more — once after losing it only six days prior — but these accolades were not Vader’s only triumphs. His vicious rivalry with Cactus Jack set new standards for brutality (FULL STORY), and he kicked out of Hulk Hogan’s immortal legdrop with authority before executing a Vader Bomb onto The Hulkster in a memorable bout at SuperBrawl.

Vader towered over his opponents. Vader dominated the competition. But most importantly, Big Van Vader was the man. — Z.L.