I woke up Wednesday morning and seen I had a few notifications on my phone. I got on Facebook, and the first thing I see is Kendra Bunyon's latest post. The words "RIP Warrior" at the end of it jumped out at me. I wasn't fully awake so I questioned what I just read. I scrolled down and Richard Gray's post, "Ultimate Warrior Dead At 54", left me at a loss for words.
The news made me feel as sick as I was when I seen Brock Lesnar beat Undertaker at WrestleMania. The fact that he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame a few night before is slightly disturbing. As I've said before, Saturday night was the first time I had ever watched the Hall of Fame ceremony live. It was an emotional night and I loved the show. In the "main event" of the ceremony, Linda McMahon inducted the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior's speech was long, but he did a fine job with it. I had never heard Warrior on the mic, and all I have heard was that his promos were unique. His speech showed me that he really did have that star power to help WWE get to where they are today.
Warrior's appearance on Raw added to the greatness of the show. But there was some ironic phrases in his promo about "every man's heart one day beats its final beat, and every lung breathes its last breath". The legend of the Ultimate Warrior would live forever. Did he know what was going on inside? Just twenty-four hours later, Ultimate Warrior collapsed and died at the young age of 54.
We have seen many pro wrestlers and managers die over the last several years. Eddie Guerrero, Macho Man, and Paul Bearer are names that pop into my head immediately. These deaths have made world news headlines because wrestling is something almost everyone knows about and millions of people watch it weekly whether it's WWE, TNA, Ring of Honor, or another promotion. The news isn't just covered by the company that wrestler came from either. It's great to see the other companies covering the news, and they should. Many of these wrestlers like Warrior and Macho Man were guys that helped contribute to the business and we don't know what it would be like today without them.
Today, while talking to other writers, family members, and even teachers, I found out that Ultimate Warrior was one of their favorite wrestlers growing up. Warrior was a great part of WWE, and I'm glad he was given the chance to come back to be inducted into the Hall of Fame before passing away. This emotional day was full of mourning and full of great tribute articles. Ultimate Warrior would be proud