A little late on this, but a couple days ago THE MAN THEY CALL VADER had successful open heart surgery. For some time the big man from the Rocky Mountains had been hinting that his day to address his heart issues would come and it finally did .... and as he put it, he "kicked out at two".
When life throws you obstacles, a savage responds by crushing some protein and positive thoughts. It seems as though Vader is doing both at the moment. From what I can take from Twitter, he's not making any excuses as to how he found himself going under the knife to save his life. He didn't blame wrestling or football, he simply said that above all else he made bad decisions with his diet.
NOW THAT’S A SCAR! Very best wishes for a speedy recovery to @itsvadertime following open heart surgery. Leon is out of the hospital, and is very thankful for all the support he is receiving. pic.twitter.com/F8pO7ySJtR— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 16, 2018
I will say however, even though you never wish anyone to go under the knife, that he is now sporting one SAVAGE looking scar. I mean just look at that thing, it's like Brock Lesnar's sword tattoo, but the real thing! Kinda badass if we're being honest. Maybe on a regular dude it would draw concern, but when you're a former World Champion and the first 400lb+ dude to execute a moonsault, it just adds to the whole Vader character.
Now before I continue, I gotta give at least one Vader story from my childhood. Yes, the Boy Meets World episode was legendary, but I'm talking strictly wrestling here ... I remember vividly when he attacked Yokozuna in 1996. As a child, I pretty much saw Yoko as invincible. A 500lb (maybe 600lb) Sumo Wrestler who moved like a cruiserweight and crushed the sunken chests of his opponents, there was NO STOPPING HIM. However, in 1996 Yokozuna turned on Camp Cornette, which didn't sit well with Cornette and his crew. On an episode of RAW, Vader responded by attacking Yoko and proceeded to continuously drop the Vader Bomb on his leg over and over ... and over again, thus "breaking" it. I WAS STUNNED AND I HATED VADER for that. As an 11 year old, I held a massive grudge and was super pumped when Yoko finally got his revenge at In Your House: Beware Of Dog, even though the lights when out and you couldn't see shit during the PPV. It's one of those RAW moments that still sticks with me to this day. Just being shocked and really f'n pissed off! Fast forward to today, I just gotta shrug my shoulders and say, "ya got me, big man!".
I also gotta mention who Vader credits for starting this process of discovery, surgery and now, recovery. It's fitting since one of the pillars of Absolute Savagery is FAMILY, and according to Vader it was his son who pushed him to see a Doctor. He credits his son, along with the Doctors and the grace of God for saving his life. This is why savages come in all shapes and forms. You can be a Doctor, saving lives and performing surgeries without looking for any gratitude or you can simply being a loving son who is looking out for his pops.
Now, I'm sure the road ahead is not an easy one, but it's great to see some good news in today's world. Vader never went down easy in the ring, in fact, it took a lot and this process is no different. He's going to have to push forward and it seems as though it start with his diet and to that I say, IT'S TIME ... IT'S TIME ... IT'S TIME FOR OPERATION SHREDIFICATION!!! MMmmmPOW!!!
Here's to a speedy recovery!
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