LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2014 — Last week, the wrestling world lost one of its most beloved stars, Ultimate Warrior. On Monday’s edition of RAW, the WWE paid tribute for their fallen brother.
Scroll down to see the video of the tribute from Monday’s RAW.
World Wrestling Entertainment calls its fans, “The WWE Universe”. In this universe, Vince McMahon is the sun. The wrestlers are planets of varying shapes, depending on how high up they are on the card. They are also stars, constellations and various cosmic particles which all encompass this universe.
There is, however, one wrestler who was the perfect embodiment of a comet, and that wrestler was the Ultimate Warrior. He debuted in the WWE in 1987, then the WWF. The Ultimate Warrior became Intercontinental Champion in 1988. He successfully challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship in Toronto at WrestleMania VI in 1990. Then in 1991, he left our solar system.
One year later, Warrior returned, only to semi-retire shortly thereafter from 1992 to 1996. In 1996, he once again returned to the WWE, but left just four months later. In 1998, he arrived in WCW to challenge his long-time rival, Hulk Hogan, but his stay was roughly two months, and then the Ultimate Warrior decided to retire from professional wrestling. Warrior left the squared circle, returning to Parts Unknown.
The enigmatic Ultimate Warrior was a once in a life time phenomena. A brilliantly shining comet, whizzing through our galaxy every couple of years. While the Ultimate Warrior was not going to put on Five Star matches like other wrestlers, he was going to do what a comet always does. Grab the attention of the people for a short time, make the crowd “Ooh” and “Aah,” and then retreat away from the spotlight, only to return once more years later.
The Ultimate Warrior’s mystique never left him. He ran down the aisles at full sprint to the joy of the crowd, shaking the ring ropes, and stomping his tasseled boots. His offensive moves were delivered with the same amount of energy and exhilaration as his ring entrance.
The WWE and the Ultimate Warrior made amends with each other and it was decided that the Warrior would receive the highest honor a wrestler can achieve, being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during the WrestleMania XXX Weekend.
The comet had returned and it was still as bright and exciting as it ever was. The night after WrestleMania XXX on RAW, Warrior addressed the WWE Universe. He spoke of the power of the Warrior, and that everyone has that power inside of them. He told everyone to try their hardest in anything they do. Warrior said to believe in one’s self, and to cheer on the future “Warriors” who enter the ring. And like that, he was gone.
The next day, The Ultimate Warrior collapsed outside of his hotel while walking to his car with his wife and died shortly after at the age of 56. The comet that was the Ultimate Warrior has left our solar system for good, but his spirit will forever shine in everyone’s soul.