Just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, The Ultimate Warrior, dies too soon at the young wrestling age of 54. While most wrestlers today are making a comeback at his age, the most energetic wrestlers have passed away. While the details are few, sources are reporting that he collapsed while walking to his car, with his wife, outside an Arizona hotel.
Saturday, during the live stream on the WWE Network, The Ultimate Warrior, was the last person to be introduced as a new member of the WWE Hall of Fame. He was walked out on the stage by his two young daughters, who gave him a big hug before walking off stage, and joining their mother in the front row of the audience.
Warrior gave a heart-warming speech, thanking his wife and daughters for making his life after professional wrestling so great. He went on to tell a few stories about his wrestling history. He gave a cautionary tale on how to treat everyone with respect. At one point during his speech, the huge crowd started to chant “One more match! One more match!” The Ultimate Warrior broke some hearts when he replied “No more match. No more match.”
Unfortunately, the wrestling fans that remember him as the great powerhouse, will not get even a small chance at that last match. The Ultimate Warrior’s shocking death just seems too soon. He could have had another chance to showcase his character prowess.
The Ultimate Warrior character still showed great signs of life. Last year, for the release of the video game, WWE 2K14, he dressed up in full wrestling attire to shoot an amazing promotional video. The promotional video showcased the Warrior that made him a fan favorite. The grunt, the stare, and the power were showcased during the video.
During the biggest professional wrestling show of the year, WrestleMania XXX, Warrior made an appearance with the rest of this year’s WWE Hall of Fame. He definitely had the largest crowd reaction. He is a WrestleMania veteran. His win over Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania IV made him a legend.
The following night on Monday Night RAW, Warrior made one more appearance as he walked to the ring, changed into a silver long coat, climbed into the ring and shook the rope like he used back when his entrance was the most energetic thing about the WWE. The crowd erupted and made it clear that the Warrior energy never left.
With his latest appearances, it would seem that the wrestling world was open to seeing more of The Ultimate Warrior. He proved he was still able to get the crowd excited. He certainly kept in shape. The fickle wrestling fans welcomed him back with open arms. Even though he said he would not wrestle anymore, fans still kept hope that he would change his mind and at least make a few more appearances.
It is not unusual for retired wrestlers to come back out and do guest appearances. Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Roddy “Rowdy” Piper have all come out in recent years to make special appearances.
It is a great feeling that we were able to witness his energy one last time this weekend. Sadly, his time on Monday Night RAW will be last time we get to see the Warrior get the crowd pumped up for wrestling. Just when we got a glimpse of what could have been a great wrestling new run, it ends too soon with the death of The Ultimate Warrior.
By Raul Hernandez