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.
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.
Brian and Steve discuss both WWE Raw from Monday night and WrestleMania XXX with Brian being in New Orleans to cover the entire week of festivities as the talk about Brock Lesnar beating The Undertaker to end The Streak, Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, the follow up on Raw including the new talent influx, Paul Heyman’s glorious promo, Cesaro becoming a ‘Paul Heyman Guy’ and much more including your questions.
Brian and Steve talk about the sudden passing of the Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54, growing up as Warrior fans, his return to the WWE and being inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend and more.
About an hour ago we announced the sudden passing of 2014 WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior at the age of 54. Condolences have been running rampant on Twitter from current and past WWE stars.
RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014
Loss always has a way of reminding us to live and love as greatly as we can. My prayers and strength to his family. RIP Ultimate Warrior.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 9, 2014
Heartbroken. My sincerest condolences go out to The Warrior's family. Seeing how much he loved his daughters and his wife this weekend…
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) April 9, 2014
… makes it all the more heartbreaking. The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite as a kid, and getting to speak to him this weekend was one…
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) April 9, 2014
… of my favorite moments. He was so nice to me. #RIPWarrior
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) April 9, 2014
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Warrior family. It breaks my heart after seeing how proud his girls are of their father. Stay strong
— Randy Orton (@RandyOrton) April 9, 2014
After all these years I finally got 2 tell him that me shaking the ropes was an homage 2 him. Blessed to have had that moment. #onelife
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) April 9, 2014
I just don't know what to say….Warrior was a huge part of why I fell in love with pro wrestling…Life is too damn short.
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) April 9, 2014
RIP Ultimate Warrior, may God give his family the strength to overcome this tragedy!! Rey619
— Rey Mysterio(@reymysterio) April 9, 2014
A short time ago it was announced that former WWE champion The Ultimate Warrior passed away at the age of 54. We have learned some more details regarding what happened.
TMZ is reporting that while walking to his car outside an Arizona hotel with his wife, Warrior collapsed. The 2014 WWE Hall of Famer was then rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
It has been confirmed by the WWE that Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54. The WWE released a statement a short ago on his passing.
WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.
The cause of death is unknown at this time and our condolences go out to Warrior and his family. We will have more on this story as it becomes available to us.
Last night’s Raw was the first one since Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday where we saw Daniel Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Title and “The Streak” was ended when Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker. As we stated earlier, the show ended drawing the highest rating since July of 2012 and higher than the last two post-Mania Raw numbers. Here is the good, the bad and the dirty of last night’s show.
1) Opening segment: This couldn’t have come off any better as Bryan came out to cut a promo. The crowd treated him as a major star and was unbelievable to see how long the crowd sustained the chant and you can tell Bryan was overtaken by the moment. Was cool to see Bryan thank the fans for what they did for him. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out at the perfect time and had tremendous heat. HHH right now is doing some of the best work of his career and really is putting over Bryan.
2) Six man tag match: Very good match between the six guys and was the right move for Bray to score the pinfall. The crowd was really into Wyatt’s as they were chanting “Let’s Go Wyatt and Let’s Go Harper”. The fans absolutely detested Cena unlike the night before and Sheamus played off the booing real well. Wasn’t a real fan of Big E taking the pin though as he has been getting pinned often lately and would have rather seen Sheamus take the fall as it would have meant a little more.
3) Final Segment: I had seen all night after the opening segment that fans were worried on social media that HHH was going to defeat Bryan and win the title. Really liked how WWE kept Randy Orton and Batista strong and beating up Bryan until Kane came out and gave him a chokeslam. I did think for a small moment that HHH was going to pin Bryan when he walked down to the ring. You could see The Shield coming out and defending Bryan when Stephanie was talking to The Shield. I had goosebumps when we seen the four vs four showdown as you can see that it’s the old guard vs the new guard. If I had to guess today, it will be a Bryan vs HHH title match and The Shield vs Kane, Batista and Orton at Extreme Rules.
4) Nothing: Usually when you watch a show, you can find something wrong with it. With this show you really couldn’t. Even the things that didn’t involve top level even had a purpose. WWE hit the reset button here and this was the best way to go forward.
5) Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman Promo: The wrestling world was unglued when Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. The key was going to be the followup to the match. Heyman cut perhaps the best promo ever done by a manager. If you had any doubts about “The Streak”, they should have been wiped away with this promo. Lesnar regained all the momentum he had seemed to lose in the buildup and even his return. Lesnar had great facial expressions by playing to his shirt, snarling and growling. Looks like Lesnar will be taking a little bit of a hiatus and be fresh for a summer run.
Last night was the Raw after Wrestlemania which usually draws a high number, but this number blew away expectations. Last night’s show drew a 3.7 rating with an average of 5.14 million viewers. That is the highest rating since Raw 1,000 in July of 2012, which drew a 3.84 rating.
Last year’s post-Mania number was a 3.45 rating with an average of 4.63 million viewers.
The first hour averaged 5.31 million viewers, which featured the opening segment of a promo by the new WWE World Heavyweight Daniel Bryan and a six man tag featuring John Cena, Sheamus and Big E vs The Wyatt Family. The second hour averaged 5.09 million viewers, which featured the Paul Heyman/Brock Lesnar promo and the final hour averaged 5.03 million viewers, which featured a promo by The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan presenting the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy to Cesaro and the final segment featuring the non-match with Bryan and Triple H and the inclusion of Kane, Randy Orton, Batista and The Shield.
Brock Lesnar did the unthinkable at WWE Wrestlemania 30 on Sunday and defeated The Undertaker to end the WrestleMania undefeated streak at 21. When the three count was made, shockwaves were sent throughout the world as headlines were circulating online regarding the end of “The Streak”. On last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw, Lesnar’s manager Paul Heyman cut one of the greatest promos of all time touting how Lesnar ended the streak. The question is now, what do you with Brock Lesnar?
With Lesnar’s limited schedule it is a little tricky unless he agrees to do more dates as his current contract expires after next year’s Wrestlemania 31.
Heyman stated earlier in the year that Lesnar should be competing for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That case is definitely for real now that Lesnar did break “The Streak”. You can’t put him in there with Daniel Bryan just yet, as the new champion would have to go over and would make Lesnar’s win at Mania seem pointless.
You don’t have to even put Lesnar in with Bryan. If you do that program, it shouldn’t be until Royal Rumble at the earliest, but preferably Wrestlemania 31 with Lesnar going in as the champion. I would have Lesnar run through everybody until that point as you have to make him look like a monster. For the next year, I would have Lesnar beat guys like Batista, Randy Orton, John Cena until he loses.
Lesnar broke the greatest streak in the history of professional wrestling. The guy who beats Lesnar has to be the guy who is going to be the number one guy in your company and will be building the WWE around. Your options include Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Roman Reigns to name a few.
No one knows if Brock Lesnar will sign another deal with the WWE when his contract near expiration, but he shouldn’t lose until he leaves the WWE for good.
WWE Wrestlemania 30 took place last night from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the main event, Daniel Bryan defeated Randy Orton and Batista to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The show featured “The Streak” ending as Brock Lesnar defeating The Undertaker and John Cena defeating Bray Wyatt.
As we do after every Monday Night Raw, let’s give our the good, the bad and the dirty from the biggest wrestling event of the year.
1) The Main Event: This was the ending that everybody was wanting with 75,000 people chanting YES! The match delivered as all three guys came off really well and got the crowd behind them as they were still reeling from The Undertaker loss to Brock Lesnar. Really liked the added wrinkle of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon coming from the crowd and the stretcher spot was well executed. The only shocking thing was the fact Batista was the guy Bryan submitted, but that was the right move as it means more since that’s Batista’s first defeat since coming back in January. The Daniel Bryan Era now begins!
2) The Opening Segment featuring Hulk Hogan, The Rock and Steve Austin: This was definitely my favorite moment of the night and was the best way to open the show. You had the three biggest stars in our generation in the same ring at the same time. Was a cool moment when Austin and Hogan the staredown as goosebumps were running down my body when that happened and a great moment when they shook hands. It was very symbolic to see The Rock acknowledge what Austin and Hogan did for him at previous WrestleMania’s. Good to see all three acknowledge the current WWE stars and then do the catchphrases and drinking beer in the ring.
3) Daniel Bryan vs Triple H: We had stated all week that this match should start the show. The story building to the match was done to perfection. Thought it was a very good video package showing the career of Bryan leading into the match. The match started with a slow build and was well paced throughout. Stephanie McMahon was very good here making comments at Bryan in certain points in the match. The crowd was very into the match and was good to HHH take the pin with the buskai knee. The post-match attack was the most logical to sell the fact that maybe Bryan wouldn’t compete in the main event or at the very least not be 100% going into the match.
4) Divas Invitational: Felt really bad for the ladies here as they had to follow the Lesnar/Taker match. The crowd was flat and really didn’t care about it whatsoever. The match was a total mess as you had 14 women in there when it would been better having four at the absolute most. The finish was at least correct with AJ Lee retaining the title.
5) The Streak Ending: No one and I mean NO ONE so this coming. When the referee hit the mat for the three count, it seemed like the world was ending. People were ready to stop watching WWE, wanting to break their TV’s, etc. The match wasn’t nothing to get excited about even down the stretch with the near falls as no one was believing that “The Streak” would end. At the end of the day, this was the best move for business and give WWE and The Undertaker credit for pulling the trigger on this.
No one saw it coming at WrestleMania 30 with Brock Lesnar being the one to end The Undertaker’s legendary streak, leaving the audience with their jaws dropped and some even driven to tears.
The crowd at Raw the following night was still buzzing following the loss and not to happy about it either.
That set up the perfect atmosphere for one Paul Heyman to do his thing in front of this raucous audience. And he was up to the challenge, relishing the moment alongside the conqueror Brock Lesnar.
Heyman proceded to deliver one of the most epic, glorious promos you will ever hear and possible the greatest one in his three decade career, toying with the fan’s emotional and pulling them in every direction.
Here is the video of his promo in its entirety:
Paige made the quite debut on WWE Raw last night in New Orleans, defeating AJ Lee in an impromptu match to win the WWE Divas Championship.
Backstage, Paige could not hold back her emotions and broke down in tears and other divas including Natalya, Emma, Summer Rae, Lana, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes and more embracing her with a huge hug.
Here is the video of that including Paige trying to put her big moment into words.
John Cena speaks to the media before WrestleMania 30 about the event, the young crop of stars in the WWE and who he would like to work with, wrestling The Rock the last two years, movies and more.