When I first started writing I used to look back all of the time, but then I started thinking that doing that was just too easy so I stop. Now I think of it like maybe doing it once in a while would make when I do it seem a little more special, because of how rare the concept is on this site. I know most of the time people look to go back a long time in the past with these types of posts, but in this case I don't have to go back that far. On this day last year we would see the return of a WWE Legend and Hall of Famer who hadn't been seen on WWE programming since June of 1996. I am of course speaking of The Ultimate Warrior, who had just got inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the weekend prior. Warrior would proceed to come out and really talk about life, and the effect that people can have on each other. Below is that promo:
"Speak to me, Warriors! As I thought about what I was going to say this evening, it's been hard for me to find the words. [Puts on mask.] Well then, you shut up Warrior, and let me do the talking. No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever.
You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend-makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back, I see many potential legends, some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever!"
Tragically this promo and this appearance would be the last time we saw The Warrior who passed the following night after having a heart attack leaving his hotel in Phoenix, AZ. Warrior was only 54 years old, but in hindsight at least he got to say goodbye and thank those who were so loyal to him over the years. Looking back, I remember being online and seeing the report and not believing what I saw or maybe not wanting to believe it. Though many things about this situation are still very hard to believe, there is one thing that is true and that is as long as there are fans of the Warrior his spirit and memory will always stay alive forever!
RIP Ultimate Warrior
You Maybe Gone But You Will Never Be Forgotten!!
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.