How tall was Leon White

Leon White's Height

6ft 2 ½ (189.2 cm)

Big Van Vader was an American Wrestler. At age 19 he had been mentioned "6-2" by one paper, and then in 1976 one of Colorado staff was complaining "lost Leon White, 6ft 3 271lbs senior". In 2016 he claimed "I'm 6'4 barefoot, I'm 365 pounds"

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Average Guess (39 Votes)
6ft 2.8in (190cm)
tony t. said on 27/Sep/19
I think Vader in his prime could have given Lesnar a run for his money in a fight.
Caldoni said on 24/Sep/19
Billed at 6-5. Realistically 6-3 max.
tree said on 5/May/19
Looked 189 with Rock Click Here
And he was a bit taller then Mark Henry so 189 looks accurate.
tree said on 10/Feb/19
Mark may have lost height now but can still pass for 6ft2,anyway he was 6ft2 when he was younger fir sure just check him out with Batista
y2flu said on 13/Jan/19
Vader is not that big. About 6'1.5" at his peak.
Jordan87 said on 3/Jan/19
Tree,

Mark Henry is not a Full 6'2". He is 6'1.5". He has a picture with Rob, look close he is not 6'2".
JEM said on 5/Dec/18
6'2 1/2...possibly peaked at 6'3
FrankR1 said on 3/Dec/18
In a ‘Pro Wrestling Illustrated’ article from the mid-1990s, Leon White claimed that a double-knee surgery (where damaged cartilage was removed) caused him to shrink from 6’5” to 6’3”. He was probably between 6’1” and 6’2” when he died in June of 2018.
JamesB172cm said on 4/Nov/18
WOW rob had no idea he died
Editor Rob
Yeah, a real shame he passed a few months ago.
tree said on 23/Jun/18
He looked a little taller than 6ft2 Mark Henry Click Here
Nick B said on 20/Jun/18
RIP, Leon. On his weight, Melter said he ranged from 340 to 430 over his wrestling career, which so can believe
Halb said on 7/Apr/18
James B said on 30/Aug/17
my friend met leon at an event and said he wasn't nice

you can tell from his interviews he has a massive ego
Canson said on 21/Nov/17
@jordan87: what’s even dumber is he prefaced it with barefoot.
Jordan87 said on 17/Oct/17
All I know is for a 375 pound Man, this Guy moved like a 180 Pound Man. Strowman while more impressive Looking, doesn't move fluent like Big Van Did. And Yes Lesnar moves great for a Big Man but is also 100 pounds less than Vader.

Vader easily top 5 Big Men of all time as far as his in ring skills.
Jordan87 said on 10/Oct/17
If he was mentioned at 6'2, and listed at 6'3 on a football roster, he likely is shorter than 6'3. His 6'4 Claim is dumb on his part.
James B said on 30/Aug/17
my friend met leon at an event and said he wasn't nice
even said on 17/Jul/17
6'2.5" and 370 pounds
James said on 14/Jun/17
I've met Vader. He is a flat 6ft 3in.
James B said on 17/Feb/17
Rob apparently Leon is dying according to reports
Editor Rob: yeah James, I read that not long ago too...
straightahead said on 30/Jan/17
dicksock said on 18/Jan/15
He always looked 6'3" in his prime. I would be shocked if he were below that. He was an inch taller than solid 6'2" Sting.
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Huge failure x2... first, he never had a full inch on Sting, second Sting was never a full 6'2 (according to himself he was almost 6'2) so Vader was more like 6'2 peak, absolutely tallest 6'2 1/2
heightchecker34 said on 18/Jan/17
The WWE does a great job with camera work, interviews, as well as the obvious lifts, wrestlers wear during the matches. I always though Vader was over 6'4', but after watching closely, the matches with 6'2 guys such as Sting, Mick Foley, and Bam Bam Bigelow, he is right around their mark. With Hogan, he is no doubt wearing huge lifts to look like a formidable opponent. Just shows, that to be a "big guy", you don't necessarily need to be tall. (i.e. Bam Bam Bigelow, Yokozuna, Bray Wyatt). Also, I believe Mark Henry is around the 6'1 mark btw.
Joey said on 4/Jan/17
He was no more than an inch taller than Mark Henry who was listed as 188cm (6'2) at the olympics Click Here

Rob how big do u think the size difference here is?
Click Here
Socrates said on 30/Sep/16
Peaked probably right under 6'3''. New Japan billed him at 190cm back in the day, they usually didn't overexaggerate like american promotions. Nowadays he's probably 6'2''ish, here with 6'4'' Snoop Dogg: Click Here
Sean said on 22/Apr/16
Rob, peak upgrade possibly? I can see 6'2.5" today, but definitely 6'3" back in 1980's and 1990's. There were staredowns between Vader and Hogan back in WCW and Hogan had Vader only by 1.5 inches. Hogan back then was 6'4.5"-6'5"
Nobody said on 20/Mar/16
He has claimed he is 6'4 and a half in interviews, I think 6'3 sounds right as in multiple staredowns he always had an inch on both Ahmed Johnson and Sting who were legit 6'2
James B said on 1/Dec/15
Looked taller than this compared to Sid
Oanh said on 23/Apr/15
6'3" peak
dicksock said on 18/Jan/15
He always looked 6'3" in his prime. I would be shocked if he were below that. He was an inch taller than solid 6'2" Sting.
Paul said on 21/Nov/14
6'3 easily
Michael said on 19/Oct/14
1,88 (6-2) now (Raw 1000). Peak about 1,91 (6-3).
Kunoichi said on 3/Aug/13
Click Here
Vader vs Hansen
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Vader vs Norton
Anonymous said on 7/Mar/13
on that show called boy meets world he plays the dad of that big fat bully and was about 2-3 inches taller than the fat bully dude who is listed at 6 foot...so this is about right...
Kostas said on 22/Sep/11
haha I love how he didn't even notice Mamun standing right beside him and posing with him XD
Mathew said on 26/Jul/11
Looks 6'2.5" - 6'3" near Mamun.
Shock of Electric said on 7/Feb/09
Taker's eyes are an inch higher than Crush, and when you add in his five-head he's another inch taller than Crush, add on top of that the slight boot advantage Crush had (not much but there is at least a layer) you get 2.25".
Electric Shock said on 7/Feb/09
Da Man...Undertaker has a GIGANTIC Forehead that you're cutting off from the picture. Keep in mind Kane's eye sockets are actually higher than Taker's but Taker is just as tall if not taller due to forehead height.

Crush = 6'6.25"
Undertaker= 6'8.5"
Da Man said on 4/Feb/09
No, there is definitely no 2" there.
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Crush's footwear is very small as well.
Anonymous said on 22/Dec/08
you see 3 inches here, as i said 1.5 inches max difference there Click Here

there is no way on earth he is 3 inches taller than crush there
Danimal said on 21/Dec/08
Anonymous says on 20/Dec/08
Danimal says on 19/Dec/08
Ben, the Undertaker towered over EVERYONE in the mid 90's. I believe at that time he was the tallest WWF wrestler.

nash, jacobs, gonzales :) he certainly didn't tower over crush in 1993 either. 1.5 inches max difference in that staredown

Try 2-3"
Anonymous said on 20/Dec/08
Danimal says on 19/Dec/08
Ben, the Undertaker towered over EVERYONE in the mid 90's. I believe at that time he was the tallest WWF wrestler.

nash, jacobs, gonzales :) he certainly didn't tower over crush in 1993 either. 1.5 inches max difference in that staredown
TELLEM said on 19/Dec/08
edge is 6'3
Danimal said on 19/Dec/08
Ben, the Undertaker towered over EVERYONE in the mid 90's. I believe at that time he was the tallest WWF wrestler.
Ben said on 19/Dec/08
Ola, That would make the Rock 6'3 vader 6'2 Henry 6'1... Edge against vader on youtube and edge looks an inch taller, edge i would give 6'4. vader could be wearing lifts in that match though. the 6'2.5 could be accurate.
Could be an inch either way though. i do recall the undertaker towering over vader in the mid 90's.
Ben said on 24/Nov/08
I'd say 6'3... i met bigelow in 94 and he was at least 6'2.
Ive seen vader a few times and he never appeared really tall 6'5, but i cant see him being under 6'3.
But as always with wrestlers you never can tell. looks to have weighed 360/380 in wcw to me.
Vegas said on 23/Nov/08
couple of staredowns

vader approx 6 inches shorter than kane in 1998 Click Here

vader and hogan looking same height here in 1995, though vader was approx 2 inches shorter than hogan a ring staredown back in 1994 Click Here
sam said on 20/Nov/08
Well, I am 6'2'' and he was a id say he maybe 5'11'' i was right next to him
Danimal said on 19/Nov/08
sam says on 19/Nov/08
this guy is 5'10'' saw him backstage at a wrestling gig in 96 and was shocked how much smaller he is than he looks on tv. I thought he was bam bam at first

He was 2" taller than 6'1" Mark Henry and 1" taller than 6'2" Bam Bam Bigelow.
TELLEM said on 19/Nov/08
lol @ 5'10...the rock must be 5'11 then
sam said on 19/Nov/08
this guy is 5'10'' saw him backstage at a wrestling gig in 96 and was shocked how much smaller he is than he looks on tv. I thought he was bam bam at first
Marcus (norge) said on 15/Oct/08
440/500lbs.
Cobra said on 6/Sep/08
Take a brake, Ola. Hogan not benching over 300 in his prime? I have to agree with you that 555 lbs is to high; But I do think Hogans max bench press was somewhere between 450 and 500lbs.
@ Mattiew, bench pressing 550 lbs raw and with good form is damn impressive, no matter how much you weigh.

Anonymous says on 29/Apr/08
Manum looks 5 ft 6.5 at most to me.
What`s that BS? How in the hell you guessed that. He looks blablabla to me.
That`s always the best comment LOL. Is it that hard to believe someone is as tall as he says? Mamun gets photos with celebs, and says his height. Then for your personal taste the celeb is too tall (at least I am taller than *celeb*), what happens, the guy that provided the pic gets downgraded.
hulk said on 11/Jul/08
I would say that Leon is maybe 15 to 16 cm taller than Mamun, but it really is hard to tell from this picture. That would made him some 188 or 189 cm tall, but also if he was 6ft 2in in his early years than he can't be any taller than 186cm.
Lebowski said on 14/Jun/08
You are so ridiculous Ola, I am 185 pounds, 5'9.25 and I bench 325 lbs, and I personaly know plenty of guys that bench 400+ and who would be dwarfed by Hogan or Vadder. Hogan in his prime (watch Rocky 3 or some early 80s matches on youtube) was humongous and it is easy to believe he benched 500+. Any guy of his size and amount of muscles would bench that much. Hell, I have seen a 235 lbs guy (the swiss champion) benching 600 pounds raw!
Danimal said on 8/May/08
YES, he WAS taller than the ROCK. MY GOD OLA. Do you argue with EVERYONE over EVERYTHING??? 99% of the people on here will tell you that Hogan WAS taller than the Rock in 2002. Not by much, but he was taller.
Mamun said on 7/May/08
Thank you Hulk fan for your support !!

Regards

Mamun
Danimal said on 7/May/08
Viper says on 6/May/08
I give Wright 6-3 1/2.

Good old Viper who stays in the shadows and ALWAYS chooses the lowest common denominator at ALL TIMES....haha
Hulk Fan said on 7/May/08
Anonymous says on 29/Apr/08
Manum looks 5 ft 6.5 at most to me.

Thes kinds of comments are crazy. I usually try to be polite but how on earth can you possibly question Mamun's height. He looks easily 5'8 and possibly taller depending on what time of day it is. But in no picture does he look smaller than 5'8. Stop disrespecting these people who are putting in so much time and effort to keep this site going. Thank You.
Danimal said on 7/May/08
Jason says on 6/May/08
Frank says on 1/May/08
''I seen Charles Wright around 13 years ago and he looked about 6ft 4''

That's my estimate.

Hey look, it's the PHANTOM Jason. Now you see him. Now you don't! ;)..
Mattiew_- said on 6/May/08
400 lbs for reps for someone around 300 back then is far from being awesome.
Viper said on 6/May/08
I give Wright 6-3 1/2.
Jason said on 6/May/08
Frank says on 1/May/08
''I seen Charles Wright around 13 years ago and he looked about 6ft 4''

That's my estimate.
Danimal said on 6/May/08
Hogan has benched 4 plates on each side of the bar (405 pounds) for reps at his peak in the mid 1980's. This is a fact. My friend's uncle used to work out at the same gym as Hogan in 1986. Hogan was a VERY strong man, on a lot of ROIDS back then. Ola, you're still being a thorn in all of our sides with you ridiculous claims.
Alex2 said on 5/May/08
Ola thats why Nash WAS taller than 6'9" basketballers in his peak and has 2" on 6'8" peak Undertaker, man you are a fool.
Danimal said on 4/May/08
Again, Rob didn't post my stuff. I commented on Frank's comments about Charles Wright. The man was being billed at both 6'6" and 6'8". Let's give him the lower of the two billings and chop off 2". Seems about right. I think he was a comfortable 6'4" and at times appeared to be squeazing out 6'5", but most likely a FULL 6'4".
Mattiew_- said on 3/May/08
550 lbs benchpress isn't that impressive Ola . Especially for someone in the 360+ range ...
Hogan struggling to bench 200 ? I don't buy this s**t

And Mark Henry not benching more than this doesn't mean **** .
You must not know anything about strength / weightlifting to say this .
Pecs are one of the most useless muscle group if you consider functionnal strength .

Plus Mark Henry is like Misha Koklyaev , a former olympic class weightlifter , both of them have cleaned and jerked more than they bench , but they still have much more functionnal stregth than someone like Vader .
Hell one of my friends ( the 194cm 171kg shot putter ) can bench over 600lbs but he is nowhere near Henry strength if you consider the whole body ...

If Bench meant anything Ryan Kennelly would be the strongest man in the world .
Danimal said on 2/May/08
Frank says on 1/May/08
I seen Charles Wright around 13 years ago and he looked about 6ft 4

I heard he was a legit 6'4"-6'5" being billed between 6'6" and 6'8".
Frank said on 1/May/08
I seen Charles Wright around 13 years ago and he looked about 6ft 4
Alex2 said on 1/May/08
Ola, you are comparing an older, possibly shrunk Godfather to a peak Rock, who was damn near 6'4" peak and mofre likely 6'3ish but still camera angles can play a role in fluctuating etc. Godfather was 6'5" peak, period! And why are you saying nash was 6'8.5-6'9" peak? We all know he was around 6'10" peak, gees..
Hugh said on 1/May/08
My brother worked in Colorado for a year and Vader went to his gym. He said he was 6ft2 flat and could bench 560lbs.
Mattiew_- said on 1/May/08
from Ola "as Frank pointed out, taker is taller next to mabel than what kane was"

Hence the only thing we agrees on , that Taker was taller than Kane ( without lifts ) in their respectives primes ...
Danimal said on 30/Apr/08
JT, STOP posting pictures where we cannot see below their chest. This is just ridiculous.
Alex2 said on 30/Apr/08
Ola my god your hard to shut up! King Kong Bundy was around 6'4" prime you fool, just look at him with Nash, you'll probably be telling us Nash was 6'5" now haha
Anonymous said on 30/Apr/08
How come white looks at least 8 inches taller then that umpa lumpa? White dies look 6, 2 but the other guy reaaly does look arounf 5, 6.

[Editor Rob: it's not wise to call someone an lumpa, you may end up with 10 lashes.]
Mattiew_- said on 30/Apr/08
Mabel was 6'7 in his prime ... He was one inch taller than John Tenta IMO .
Frank said on 30/Apr/08
Vegas i agree that Taker never looked taller than Jacobs in Ring Gear but you have to admit he looked Taller than Vicera/Mable than Kane did and it has nothing to do with his head being down Maybe Vicera wearing lifts or Kane left his in his locker :o)
JT said on 30/Apr/08
Click Here From 1993.
Ghost said on 30/Apr/08
Ola,

Now Kane is shorter than Taker? He must have worn enourmous lifts when he debuted because in some of their early staredowns Kane was easily taller than Taker. when Kane (as Yankem) had a staredown with Taker he certainly wasn't shorter. I believe they were both 6'8 in their respective primes (Kane maybe even 6'8,5 like he claims). Today, they both appear 6'7,5.

Mable is only 36, I don't think he has lost height despite his weight. I think his 6'6,5 listing here is very much correct. He is currently billed as 6'9.
JT said on 30/Apr/08
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Mamun said on 30/Apr/08
Topdweed26 !!! Thanks for backing me up . I just knew there would be more
people who would notice I am actually taller and meaner than Vader !!

Regards

Mamun
Danimal said on 29/Apr/08
Mabel was taller than a legit 6'5" football player. OLA, GO AWAY.
MK said on 29/Apr/08
Ola says on 29/Apr/08
JT, yeah keep dreaming. its easy to claim a heigh by upgrading the ppl who standing next to him. with taker, mabel is not over 6'5 he could actually be as short as 6'4

Who's upgrading Mable?, he's listed 6'6.5'' on THIS SITE and your the only one who's said otherwise thus far, so if anything he's been DOWNGRADED by you.
Frank said on 29/Apr/08
People on here use to say Taker is only an inch taller than Vicera/Mable that video proves them wrong !!
Vegas said on 29/Apr/08
bdv (mabel) is clearly bending his head downward when the camera zooms in, that video with taker isn't a good one to compare heights, that is pretty much confirmed when you see the face-offs between kane and mabel just a few months ago, kane was never more than 1 inch taller and i have yet to see taker edging out glen jacobs in all his time in the WWE Click Here Click Here

Click Here thats mabel and a 6'7.2 measured NFL star max starks, the nfl are now listing him again at 6'8 Click Here there is a couple more photos of mabel and starks and they look roughly the same height, if taker is 2 inches taller than max starks i would be amazed

based on these photos in street clothes with the same guy mabel is approx 3 inches taller than the rock Click Here Click Here
Mattiew_- said on 29/Apr/08
Mabel as short as 6'4 ??

Now this is pretty obious that you are trolling , there is no way in hell this guy is under 6'5 . Nelson Frazier at Mabel epoch was clearly taller by one if not two inches than Scott Hall .
By the way if he is 6'4 how do you explain that he is almost as tall as Kane ? Plus Mabel weighing over 480lbs , it's pretty safe to say he must have shrunk more than the average joe ...

If anything your video with Undertaker only proves one thing : that prime Taker was at least as tall if not taller than Kane without lifts . And to use you own argument , taker is closer to the cam .

ps : Mabel was billed at 6'8 when he was in his early career / Men on a Mission / King Mabel Epoch ...
Alex2 said on 29/Apr/08
Im starting to think Big Daddy V does have some heel/lift in his boots, how on earth can he stack up to Kane so well? Or is he a legit 6'8 guy?
Ghost said on 29/Apr/08
Ola,

If Mable/Viscera is only 6'5, how do you explain him being almost excactly as tall as Kane in this vid at around 1:00 Click Here ?
Anonymous said on 29/Apr/08
Manum looks 5 ft 6.5 at most to me.
topdweeb26 said on 29/Apr/08
Mamun: the camera angle CLEARLY favors Vader... no offense, but your friend sucks at taking pictures. Obviously if it had been a straight shot, you'd easily have a few inches on him.
JT said on 29/Apr/08
Ola says on 29/Apr/08
JT, mabel isnt even close to any 6'7 he was barely 6'5 since taker had him by atleast 2 inches and yokozuna is maybe 6'1 1/2 barefooted

Click Here The guy to Mabel's left is at least 6'7". There are also 6'8" listings for him. Mabel is certainly no less than 6'6". He was not much shorter than Kane in recent stare downs.
Frank said on 29/Apr/08
Taker does have Mable buy atleast 2 inches but Mable is about 6ft 6 he looked the same height as Max Starks who is listed @ 6FT 7 and was a good amount taller than Big Ben
JT said on 29/Apr/08
Click Here This is from 1998. Both usually wore boots with a decent sized-heel. If Henry is as low as 6
Vegas said on 29/Apr/08
second paragraph "but Mark Henry declined. The frivolity of vegetables is not how a man grows to 6 feet 3 inches, 400 pounds by his 23d year"

the 6 1/2ft is talking about the size of a rattlesnake on the wall

JT has a few more listings for henry Click Here
Rikashiku said on 29/Apr/08
Vegas where did you get 6'3? in the first it says 6'1/2 and 400lbs. and in the second it says 407lbs.
Mattiew_- said on 29/Apr/08
I agree JT but Earthquake is leaning a bit too .

About the boots i'm with you topdweeb, they are some of the flattest if not the flattest I've seen in pro wrestling , and we can clearly identify their size because their soil is white ...
JT said on 29/Apr/08
Nice pics Mattiew though I think Yoko was closer to 6'2". He's also leaning forward a bit but that still puts Tenta near 6'6". Here's one of ~ 6'7" Viscera with around 6 inches on a barefoot Yoko Click Here Yoko was almost taller laying down than he was standing up.
topdweeb26 said on 28/Apr/08
Look how flat Earthquake's shoes are, I would venture to say they don't even give him 1/2" of height. Those are some of the flattest pro-wrestling boots I have ever seen.
Vegas said on 28/Apr/08
henry was listed at 407lb and 6'3 in atlanta

a couple of newspaper reports from 1995-96
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Alex said on 28/Apr/08
Earthquake was way bigger than Vader I think. Typhoon was bigger as well but not by that much.
Mattiew_- said on 27/Apr/08
Just for the record , can let Ola's crazyness go on so here is John Tenta with 6'1 Yokozuna , had to capture them by myself but here they are (from the old vid) :

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So can anyone including Ola , tell me there is not 6+inches here making Tenta ( who's not even standing at his tallest ) a legit prime 6'7 with shoes or barefeet 198cm ????
Rikashiku said on 27/Apr/08
if you say vader is 6'3. then i was right about the rock being 6'4 =] i changed my name btw, i was an old and good height person thing but someone spammed this site using my old name and my old name got blocked with my IP address =[.

but... If you people please to watch Taboo Tusday 2005 then you wil see that Vader is in fact near in height with Coach who was wearing flat working shoes while Vader i would guess wasnt wearing boots yet seeing as he appeared 6'1 with coach.
Goldust we can all agree is 6'5 right =]

funny thing. ill get a pic of me and my brother and get a pic of Goldust and cody rhodes together and you might see a similarity in heights =]
im 6'0 and my brother is 6'5(or 197cm) ccody is 6'0? and goldy is 6'5 or somethin. i remember he was once billed at 6'8
Mamun said on 27/Apr/08
what are you guys talking about ? I am biger and bader than Vader . It's just
the camra angle my friends that's making vader look a little taller than me !

Regards

Mamun
MattThomas said on 26/Apr/08
I agree with Lilo Robs got him right
Alex2 said on 26/Apr/08
He does kinda dwarf Mamun there...
lillo thomas said on 26/Apr/08
rob got him right . he look between 6-2 and 6-3 next to mamum.
Dave said on 26/Apr/08
vader looks over 6'3 to me there, its a very good pic for him, he towers manmun.... not as low as 6'2, no way.
venus said on 26/Apr/08
He looks 6'3 or 6'3.5 to me.
Danimal said on 26/Apr/08
JT says on 24/Apr/08
Danimal says on 24/Apr/08
Mamun said on 26/Apr/08
Thanks for your remarks Charliemoto !

Regards

Mamun
Frank said on 25/Apr/08
Vader wore thick soled boots but he could be 6ft 2.5 barefoot
Charliemoto said on 25/Apr/08
HA HA HA ,,,, MAMUN likes big men (imho) :D every pic in here is with tall-big men but at least he dropped the Supermen suit which was kinda gay LOL

you look like SAYD from LOST in this image Mamun, kinda nice.
MK said on 25/Apr/08
Ola says on 25/Apr/08
JT, its gene who looks 5'6 ... since vader was no way over 6'2!

So its all down to Mean Gene is it? No, it is'nt, Vader is 6'3'' at most there. Talk about obnoxious.
JT said on 25/Apr/08
Vader looking around 6
Tony said on 25/Apr/08
I remembered when he was in the National Wrestling Alliance, ( NWA ) in the 80's . He was HUGE. He used to wear a black and red outfit and a leather net mask. He used to beat the crap out of people.
Vegas said on 24/Apr/08
Danimal why are you basing everything on Hillbilly photos, Mick Foley is barely 1 inch shorter than Jim in those photos and as Ola pointed out flair isn't exactly dwarfed, bret hart is taller than vince according to Jims photos, plus in 99% of those photos we can't see footwear, hogan wore huge cowboy boots everywhere in the 1980s (he wore huge cowboys for the entirety of "no holds barred" expect the wrestling scenes), he even wrestled in cowboys in WCW

as JT pointed out about 3 months ago hogan was shorter than earthquake in 1990 in the middle of the ring
JT said on 24/Apr/08
Danimal says on 24/Apr/08
randy said on 24/Apr/08
LOl i dont think he knows you're there mamun
Anonymous said on 24/Apr/08
I believe Vader was 6'3.5" at his peak, 6'3" today.
jimbom said on 24/Apr/08
LOL mamun is definitely wearning heels.. he look 5'5 max
Alex2 said on 24/Apr/08
I think hes no just 6'2 but not quite 6'3, 6'2.5 sounds spot on, I suprised this guys still going looking at his pysique, I doubt he's as heavy today though.
Danimal said on 24/Apr/08
Ola, you're a thorn in everyone's side. You want to see a height comparison, then watch the 1996 pre-Summerslam countdown. Stop being such a little NAT!!!
Danimal said on 24/Apr/08
Alex, I read an article where he was one step away from making it into the NFL, as a 290 6'4" O.L., but he blew out his knee (luck of the irish as he claimed) and got depressed and went up to 406 pounds..

He had 1-2" on Bam Bam Bigelow in their Japanese feuds in the 1980's.
Danimal said on 24/Apr/08
JT says on 23/Apr/08
A 1983 article had Tenta (age 20) at 6
Alex said on 24/Apr/08
I'd give Vader 6'2. I heard he was only really 360lbs. He looked more around 400lbs at least.
Vegas said on 24/Apr/08
vader and monsoon in January 1996 they look the same height. Jim Cornette is a good one to compare, he is taller than kurt angle in tna so i would guess he is a good 5'11 at least and looks a good 4-5 inches shorter than vader here Click Here
Mamun said on 24/Apr/08
Thanks Vegas for your support !
Charliemoto said on 24/Apr/08
hahaha why would he wear lifts?! he's tall anyway, maybe boots but not lifts.

he normally looks 6'2-6'2.5 so the listing is correct.
Ras said on 23/Apr/08
Vader seems to be closer to the camera. Maybe He was wearing a bit of a lift here.
JT said on 23/Apr/08
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JT said on 23/Apr/08
A 1983 article had Tenta (age 20) at 6
supes78 said on 23/Apr/08
I met the guy briefly in the early 90s at a restaurant in Dallas of all places. He was absolutely massive and practically took up a whole table by himself. I remember him being around 6'3" to 6'4" tall. He was taller than Lou Ferrigno in my estimation, who I met a few years back. Vader could be 6'2.5" now, but I strongly think he was an inch taller in his prime.
Danimal said on 23/Apr/08
Ghost, I don't believe the Rock is above 6'3".

Vader had about 2" on 6'1" Mark Henry in 1996.

Vader was billed at 6'4" and 290 pounds in college.
Jake Is Back said on 23/Apr/08
This is about how I look next to 5'8". I'm 6'2".
Derek said on 23/Apr/08
Might be under 6'2", but he's certainly not under 350 pounds.
Ghost said on 23/Apr/08
Ola,

You need to stop using those blurry youtube -stills to try to prove your shaky claims and ignoring all the good pictures. The best evidence that Tenta was atleast 6'5 is the picture with the 6'4 autograph dealer. If you look at his other pictures with countless wrestlers you can easily see that the guy really is around 6'4. Tenta appeared mostly 6'5 to me, but I have no problem believing he was 6'5.75 at his peak.

Vader, I think can't be over the 6'2,5 listing here. He was noticably shorter than the Hogan (WCW days) and Rock.

How tall did you think Rock is again, Danimal? He certainly is taller than Vader.
Danimal said on 23/Apr/08
6'3" minimum
Markus said on 23/Apr/08
Any family of Darth's ? ;)
Vegas said on 23/Apr/08
taller people often don't stand fully straight in photos with shorter people, i know i often didn't in the past with my shorter female friends. Hillbilly Jim looks every bit of 6'5 with Steve Austin, in fact 6'7 NFL listed Gary Godsey don't look that much taller next to austin than Jim does Click Here

Mamun is every bit of 5'8, i believe he said the doctor measured him barefoot at 5'8.1 to be exact. rock towers him too and if Mamun is under 5'8 you must be prepared to accept that Lou Ferrigno is under 6'3 given that he doesn't have Mamun by more than 7 inches
Mattiew_- said on 23/Apr/08
Tenta was a legit 198cm
He had more than 4-5inches on Yokozuna in their staredown , Ola, and he was wearing thin soiled boots .
Plus everyone needs to remember that Tenta was lighter during his sumo days, and that people tends to losed height when they add weight , especially such big people ( like Big Show ).


That said I share your opinion on Mamun's height being suspect .
I doubt his 5'8 too, because on several pics he looks smaller than he should be was he 5'8 .

I for instance have several pics I have taken with Kevin Nash during my 1st trip to the USA, back in 1995 when he was at his peak , and I was 180cm back then .
When I compare them to Mamun's one I see more than 7cm difference in comparison with Kevin and , Kevin isn't bending that much on mine ...
MK said on 23/Apr/08
Vader was at most 6'3'' peak and was billed around 390 BEFORE his world title feud with Sting, yet during that he suddenly went up to 450lbs surely to build his heel 'monster' status.

btw Vegas, you've already proved Ola wrong now about 3 or 4 times now, he's just not going to learn from it.
Vegas said on 23/Apr/08
not sure where you are getting 6'4 tops for hillybilly jim when the dude looks slightly taller than 6'5 listed NFL guys. I posted a reference to his weight of 423lb not his height. i am not going to go against a sumo measurement not even a billion photos, the dude i posted is at least 6'4 i know that for a fact having met him and tenta is 1.5 inches taller, he also has a photo with the rock Click Here

Henry lost weight later in years but has easily put it all back on for sure, he tipped the scales in atlanta july 1996 at 407lb and made his WWE debut in august 1996 and looks smaller than now yet is billed lower??? the video of his debut is gone from youtube but there is a clip of him in atlanta here Click Here how much weight he lost in the few weeks circa summer 96 is up in the air; today henry is listed at 392lb which is without question legit looking at him in atlanta Click Here i suspect this is henry at 410lb in 1996 Click Here
Jason said on 23/Apr/08
NFL player Ted Washington's around Vader's build and he's 6'5'' 365lbs. Like a taller version of Vader. Henry lost weight when he got into wrestling, I have a WWF mag from 1996 where he talks about it.
Vegas said on 22/Apr/08
you have to meet height and weight requirements in sumo so he was measured at one time and why would that paper lie, they could have easily said 6'6 like most Canadian papers in the early 1980s were claiming for tenta

tenta had a huge forehead and head so easy to underestimate the guy, here is tenta next to a guy i met in person and thought 6'4, the dude is a autograph dealer like glenn from florida Click Here same dude next to Big Daddy V Click Here same dude next to 6'5 NFL star Tarik GlennClick Here looking at those photos 6'5 3/4 seems spot on.

arguing a pro-wrestling billing is one thing, arguing a listing in a sport where competitors are measured, weighed and fight barefoot is another thing altogether, its not worth the bother imo
Vegas said on 22/Apr/08
earthquake is being weighed here at 423lb and looked heavier when he made his WWF debut Click Here

Click Here mark henry for example weighed 186.03kg at the olympic trails in 1996 thats 410lb and competed at 407lb in atlanta making him the second heaviest ever olympian ever after chris taylor at 412lb who also wrestled in the pro ranks. the WWE never billed henry more than 400lbish, you can use henry as a tool to compare to others because his 400lb is legit
Anonymous said on 21/Apr/08
I know Vader was a big man, but to me he never looked anywhere near the listed 450lbs- I mean, the guy could still do moonsaults off the top rope ffs. Given that he's only around 6'2", and not massively fat, he just doesn't fit into the normal "huge wrestler" mould for me (i.e. massively fat like Yokozuna or Earthquake, or tall and huge like Big Show or Andre). I mean, to me he seems substantially smaller than Earthquake, who was listed at a similar weight. Earthquake was a couple of inches taller and a genuine lumbering giant, whereas Vader was both shorter and much more athletically built. Plus, we can see that he played football at less than 300 pounds well into his 20s, and it's not like he would have been encouraged to slim down while playing football.
nova said on 8/Sep/07
Vince wore cowboy boots in almost all pics from this era Vegas.
Paul said on 1/May/07
wow...........
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Vegas said on 19/Apr/07
Yes Viper Vader is now 6'1 because you want Johnson at 6'2 :) As Jason says Austin is closer to the camera in that picture and Vader slightly closer to the camera with Johnson.

Viper you are too quick to jump to conclusions as usual based on one picture :) here is another few pictures of Austin and Vader with Vader having 2" on Austin Click Here

Austin 6ft, Vader 6'2, Rock 6'3 i think everyone can live with that
Viper said on 18/Apr/07
Well, he only looks a flat 6-1 with Austin. He could be just that as well.
Vegas said on 12/Apr/07
Ghost not a good comparison??? Orton has always had at least 3" on Vince Click Here and Click Here whereas Gorilla had between 2.5"-3" on Vinnie Mac

Another point if Gorilla was over 6'4 it must have been along time ago because he was the exact same height as ~6'2.5" Jesse Ventura and only ~4" taller than the 5'10 Bobby Heenan during the 1980s!
Jason said on 12/Apr/07
Hmmm ... I still think Vader was/is 6'2''. In that face to face pic with Austin they're on a bit of an angle, with Vader slightly further from the camera. Swing Vader around so they're level and you'd likely have another inch. Though could be 6'1 1/2'' I suppose. Vegas ... I completely agree Gorilla Monsoon was 6'3''-6'4''.
Ghost said on 12/Apr/07
C'mon, the McMahon / Orton picture proves nothing. That's nowhere near a good comparision pic for their heights.
Derek said on 10/Apr/07
Vegas- How can you go by two different pictures to judge height? I still can't see Gorilla under 6'4".
Vegas said on 9/Apr/07
Derek check my comparison of Monsoon and Vince and Randy Orton and Vince. Orton looks taller in comparison. The tallest Monsoon could have been is 6'4, more likely he was 6'3.5" max though Click Here

We know Vince lost no height over the years because the 6'2 billed tony Atlas had roughly the same height advantage over him as the 6'2 listed Donald Trump had nearly 20 years later
Derek said on 20/Mar/07
Dai- Vader was in his boots and possibly lifts and Monsoon still had him by a little bit. Monsoon was around 6'5" at that point. If Vader is 6'1 1/2" barefoot, that's 6'2 1/2" in boots and 6'3 1/2"-6'4" in lifts. Like you said, Monsoon was around an inch taller.
Dai said on 19/Mar/07
Was Gorilla Monsoon a legit 6'5'? i was watching an old wrestling video from 96 or 97 where Vader and Monsoon were in the ring arguing and squaring up and Monsoon was clearly taller, about 1.5 inches. Vader never seemed close to 6'5' as was billed.
Anonymous said on 15/Mar/07
No, watch the match(4 way between austin vader hitman and taker)... Austin have similar shoes like the others, its nothing special.
its clear to me now vader IS 6'1 1/2 (or less) like i have been saying all the time :P

even if the angle in the pic is favouring austin is vader TOPS 1 inch taller
Viper said on 15/Mar/07
Maybe Vader is a full 6-2 and Austin has an advantage in footwear?
Viper said on 14/Mar/07
I think Austin has never been above a flat 6-0, ever. Vader looks a flat 6-1 there tops.
Derek said on 13/Mar/07
I don't even think there is a full inch difference. I think Austin was 6'1" then, which means Vader is a shade under 6'2". Unless Austin was wearing lifts, which wouldn't surprise me.
Viper said on 2/Mar/07
Though it says at age 19 he was listed at 6-2. Did he really grow more?
Halb said on 1/Mar/07
Vader was billed at 6 ft 5 from 89 though, when he got the name. The above height is prolly correct, the 2 inch add is normal for most wrestlers, and the WWF never added anymore because they never pushed him.
Danimal said on 16/Feb/07
He wasn't under 6'3".
Jordan said on 3/Feb/07
And the WWF used to have him at 6'5. I think teh WWf wouldnt give him more then 2 iches so 6'2 sounds good.
Nick said on 30/Jan/07
He towered over Jesse Ventura in interviews...
Paul said on 7/Jan/07
I maintain he is at least 6'3 and 6'4 some years ago.
Nick said on 3/Jan/07
Vader did an interview with PWI around 1995 or so, where he claimed that he was a legit 6'5'' in his youth but he'd lost a couple of inches over the years.
Paul said on 25/Dec/06
I'm surprised he's been quoted as this. I agree with Danimal and the Legend Stopper. Still you never know.
Viper said on 24/Dec/06
He does look more 6-2 to me
Jason said on 23/Dec/06
He could definitely be 6'2''. He was mentioned as 6'2'' at age 19, then 6'3'' at 21. Whether he grew after age 19 or the 6'3'' was inflated really is up in the air.

[Editor Rob: can't see anything in 1978 for the rams thing...in 91 there was a rogue 6ft 3.5 height in one paper]
Danimal said on 23/Dec/06
The man's NFL draft stats was 6'4" and 290 pounds before he injured himself. He had 3" on 6'1" Mark Henry in 1996. He's NOTHING less than 6'3".
Jason said on 23/Dec/06
Vader is 6'2''.
Jason said on 22/Dec/06
Yeah, that was in Kuwait. Good luck finding the mugshot from then lol.
Derek said on 22/Dec/06
Vader was also arrested in 1997. I always thought he was 6'3" or a tad more. I have a picture of him and Taker. I'll post it when I find it.
Jason said on 22/Dec/06
Ah, musta been '55. Figured it was that one. He was arrested in 2003 so there could possibly be a mugshot floating around somewhere.
Jason said on 22/Dec/06
Ha. You should Vader, man. A lot of wrestling fans wouldn't even know who Leon White is! :) I knew he wasn't 6'4''. What's his real year of birth? I've read 1955 and 1957.

[Editor Rob: in 1976 he's described as senior at colorado,...the earliest I can find his height mentioned is 1972 with "Leon White, 6-2 and 241lbs", I think this might have been his high school playoffs, because 73-77 I think was at uni...]

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