Former WCW Champion Vader recently raised eyebrows when he claimed he only had two years left to live due to suffering from congestive heart failure. Speaking with Hannibal TV, he commented on whether or not his prognosis would improve with heart medication:
"I can't comment on that right now, but I do know this. I've had three different doctors in Boulder express the Gloom and Doom scenario. It's a top of the second if we're talking about baseball, and I'm behind. My son has reached out, he lives in Dallas and we're gonna go down to Dallas, and see the doctors in Plano and my understanding is the Plano heart doctors are the renowned heart surgeons, heart specialists in the United States and perhaps the world. I've got appointments down there, then I'm off to see Dallas. So I'm not sitting on this, I'm proactive. Just refusing to die, I'm not going to die. And that's the mindset I have, and the mindset I will have forever more so.”
Miraculously, Vader is still accepting independent bookings and autographic signings. He recently had a run-in with Chael Sonnen over no-showing his podcast and teased a match with him.
The WCW legend is going to follow in the footsteps of Scott Hall and Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts in that he’ll start working with Diamond Dallas Page in Atlanta, GA beginning next month.
He was recently involved in a car accident and elaborated on that in the interview with Hannibal TV as well:
"I had a rollover car accident. I was in my company car, was actually coming back from Costco and there was a series of turns. I caught a turn too late, an overturn coming back, and it actually rolled. I rolled the car twice, the whole top of the car was caved in where my head was. My head looked like it might -- My eyes were black and blue, my nose was so swollen, my forehead was swollen, my head was probably close to twice the normal size. I probably should have died in that accident, it was probably just two or three weeks prior to that accident I was seeing a doctor.
"I was in the medical center and I was seeing my doctor, who is actually an MD, and heart specialists came into my room. They said 'We've been looking at your heart' and I said 'Who are you?' I didn't recognize the guy. He said 'You have two years to live. We've been looking at your heart, and that's the deal.' It wasn't much longer than that when he came back in the room -- cause he left and obviously I had a bunch of questions and I'm in the process of answering those questions at this point. So for me to start talking would probably be premature at this point. I've been in the gym, I feel okay, I've been feeling pretty good actually. I don't know exactly what he's talking about or if something will show itself up in weeks to come, but right now I'm still trying to figure out exactly what's going on.”
Vader last appeared for WWE at their Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Apr. 2, 2016 to induct Stand Hansen. He worked a singles match for the company back on the June 11, 2012 episode of Raw, where he went over Heath Slater.
Recently, he beat "Savvy" Sid Scala in a match for XWA Wrestling (Formerly FWA) on August 14, 2016.