Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer talks about the passing of the Ultimate Warrior and his legacy, WrestleMania 30 which saw the end of The Streak with Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and when that decision was made, Daniel Bryan getting his big win, how to best use both Lesnar and Bryan going forward, young talent in the WWE, the WWE Network so far and their subscribers, the upcoming WWE TV deal and more. And follow Dave on Twitter @davemeltzerWON.
TNA returns tonight with a live edition of Impact Wrestling. The show will take place from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida and will start at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. Here is as of right now will happen on the show.
-The return of Dixie Carter
-Bobby Lashley vs. Bully Ray vs. Gunner vs. Ethan Carter III vs. James Storm vs. Bobby Roode vs. Eric Young vs. Samoa Joe vs. Willow vs. Abyss in a ten-man gauntlet match for a TNA Title show at the Sacrifice pay-per-view
-Robbie E and Jessie Godderz vs. The Wolves for the TNA Tag Titles
-Gail Kim vs. Brittany vs. Angelina Love vs. ODB in a four-way to determine the No. 1 contender to the TNA Knockouts Title
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.
Last night the wrestling world lost a legend, as The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. He is survived by his Dana and two daughters. Warrior was a former WWE Champion and a two-time Intercontinental Champion. He was a one of a kind, larger than life character inside the squared circle. We will now take a look back at the top moments in the career of The Ultimate Warrior.
1) WWE Debut: Warrior made his WWE debut on October 25, 1987 against Terry Gibbs on edition of Wrestling Challenge. He came down to the ring walking with no entrance and shook the ropes and went to the turnbuckles once he entered the ring. During the middle of the match on the upper left screen, Warrior cut an inspirational promo telling fans to jump on his back and come along for the ride. Warrior used the power press slam and splash to squash Gibbs in his debut.
2) Winning the Intercontinental Championship for the first time: Summerslam 1988 took place on August 29 from Madison Square Garden in New York City as Intercontinental Champion, The Honky Tonk Man was scheduled to defend his title against Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake. The challenger was unable to compete that night and was looking for a new challenger and was willing to defend the title against anyone. After a few moments, Warrior’s music hit and the crowd exploded as he ran to the ring. 31 seconds into the match, Warrior won his first singles title of his career.
3) “Crash The Plane” Promo: The one thing Warrior was known for very well were his inspirational promos. The biggest match WWE could make in 1990 was Warrior vs Hulk Hogan. “The Hulkster” was the star of the WWE and the Heavyweight Champion of the world and Warrior was the Intercontinental Champion and they were going to square off at Wrestlemania VI. In the buildup to the match, Warrior cut my favorite promo in his career in the build to the match.
4) Winning the WWE Championship vs Hulk Hogan At Wrestlemania VI: This was the biggest match in the WWE since Hogan beat Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania III in 1987. Hogan and Warrior were to battle in the main event of Wrestlemania VI at the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in a title vs title match as Hogan was the WWE Champion and Warrior was the IC Champion. At this time you had never seen a babyface vs babyface main event at a Wrestlemania. In front of over 67,000 Warrior defeated to Hogan to the win the title and was the first person to ever defeat Hogan clean in WWE. The passing of the torch took place after the match ended as Hogan gave Warrior the belt and then hugged.
5) Wrestlemania VII Match vs “Macho Man” Randy Savage: This is the one match from Warrior’s career that everyone forgets for some reason. He had lost the WWE title to Sgt. Slaughter at the January 1991 Royal Rumble due to interference from Savage. The match at Wrestlemania VII was where the loser to had to retire from the WWE. In what was in my mind the best match of Warrior’s career he defeated Savage in an epic match.
6) WCW Debut: At this time Warrior hadn’t been seen since the middle of 1996 when he parted ways with the WWE. WCW was starting to lose “The Monday Night Wars” to WWE and needed something to them some momentum. So in August of 1998, Warrior made his WCW debut interrupting a promo being done by Hogan. This was by the far the best promo he did in WCW and the last great promo Warrior cut in his in-ring wrestling career.
7) 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony: Warrior was the first person to be announced into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame. People were speculating how he was going to be and what he was going to say. For most of his 40 minute speech, he stayed composed and delivered a very good speech. He came out arm in arm with his two daughters and at times during his speech, talked about how much he cared and loved his family. There were a couple moments where you can tell he was disappointed in how he was thought of in his career, but you can tell how much he loved his career and the fans.
Let us know your thoughts and if there is anything else you would include.
It was announced on WWE.com, that the company will honor The Ultimate Warrior tonight on the WWE Network starting at 8 p.m. ET.
WWE fans will be able to watch highlights from Warrior’s historic induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, plus his emotional return to Monday Night Raw. Then, immediately after, the WWE Universe is invited to watch one of Ultimate Warrior’s greatest matches against Hulk Hogan when WWE Network airs WrestleMania VI in its entirety.
WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior passed away last night at the age of 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and two daughters. More details have come surface regarding his death.
TMZ is reporting that witnesses in New Orleans for WWE Wrestlemania 30 this past weekend, that Warrior was looked very sick and in pain. The report also states that Warrior looked like he was on the verge of a medical catastrophe all weekend looking sweaty and stressed, like he was about to “burst at the seams”.
The last time we saw Warrior was this past Monday on Raw and after he cut a promo, one person who saw him stated, “we all felt like he looked like he was going to blow a gasket. It was pretty easy to see.”
We will have more updates as more information comes to us.
The Ultimate Warrior “Clutched His Chest” Before Collapsing, Death Called a Catastrophic Medical Condition
We have been reporting all day on the death of former WWE Champion, The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. More details have started to come out as the day has gone on.
TMZ is reporting that while Warrior was walking down the hallway towards his car at the Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ and moments Warrior clutched his chest and collapsed.
His death by local authorities is being characterized as due to a catastrophic medical condition.