A little over 36 hours ago, the world found out the tragic news of the passing of The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Warrior was survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters, his mother, his two sisters and two brothers.
Warrior was a two-time Intercontinental Champion and former WWE Heavyweight Champion. He was adored by millions of fans around the world in his illustrious career.
Ever since his passing has been covered by every major media outlet like ESPN, CNN, ABC News, NBC News and. These outlets treated him like they should have, with respect in discussing his career. Then you get a media outlet like Deadspin.
Deadspin wrote a piece yesterday titled, “The Ultimate Warrior Was An Insane Di**”. I read this piece and it was a burial job at its finest, which isn’t surprising considering the website. To attract website traffic with a title like that wasn’t necessary, it should what kind of person he was outside the ring.
Warrior did make a lot of controversial comments like his views on gays and lesbians and the passing of Heath Ledger throughout his career. What does this have to do with his career?
It has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with his wrestling. Why should we care what Warrior said outside the ring if it had nothing to do with professional wrestling?
The news of Warrior’s passing shook me pretty bad. I was like, I just saw this guy yesterday on television last night on Monday Night Raw and at the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday and Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday. It felt like a big giant punch to the gut and was like why did it happen?
When I was kid growing up in the eighties, I loved three wrestlers. Those were Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior. I was seven years old and I told my dad that I wanted to be The Ultimate Warrior for Halloween. He looked at me like I was crazy, but I was deadest in my decision. So for Halloween in 1988, I had the tassles on my arms, painted my face and walked up to every door I went to grab candy from and shook myself like I was grabbing the ropes like he did.
Everytime he came out to the ring, I would imitate what he did even if I looked like an idiot. Even when I was in high school and he returned in 1996 and then when he went to WCW in 1998. My buddies I even in our high schools still acted like a bunch of little kids everytime he came out to the ring.
When the WWE announced that they were putting Warrior in this year’s Hall of Fame, it was a feel good moment. When he appeared at the Hall of Fame on Saturday night, the crowd gave him an ovation fitting for a legend. He spoke for 40 plus minutes about his career, thanked the fans for what they did for his career and had come to peace for things he felt were wrong.
Then in his final appearance on Raw, it was a sight to see as he shook the ropes and yes at 33 years I popped up and did the same thing. Warrior thanked the fans for his career and gave props to the current crop of wrestlers and said the fans make the wrestlers become legends and the fans made him a legend.
We should remember The Ultimate Warrior for what he did when he came out through the curtain, ran down the aisle and shook the ropes. What people do outside of their chosen profession is their own personal business, not ours. Let’s remember the power of The Ultimate Warrior for bringing out the little kid in us each and everytime he entered the squared circle.