Its sad to see a legend who I grew up watching and idolizing pass away.
Through the years, Warrior and the WWE had not been on the best of terms, but over the past year, the hatchet was buried and things got better for both.
Warrior was amazing, a body built up on steroids, but still, a great body indeed.
At 10-15, I used to pretend I was the Warrior in the bathroom and socks pulled up as high as I could. I never had any face paint, so I couldn't go that far, but did tie strings on my arms like he had for most of his career.
Its fun to look back at the way things were, growing up as a child believing wrestling was real.
From his epic Intercontinental Championship win at Summerslam 1988, to his feud with Rick Rude and Bobby Heenan.
Survivor Series 1989 captain vs Andre the Giant's team
The Hogan vs Warrior spot after they eliminated everyone at the 1990 Royal Rumble.
Wrestlemania VI champion vs champion in the Skydome in Toronto.
Summerslam 1990 in the steel cage match vs Rick Rude
Survivor Series 1990 with the Texas Tornado and The Legion of Doom vs Mr Perfect and Demoliton, Warrior being the sole survivor to go to the final match of Survival with Hogan and Tito Santana vs The Milion Dollar Man, The Warlord, The Model Rick Martel, and Power and Glory. To win and survive with Hogan.
Royal Rumble 1991 losing the title in a rare loss to Sgt. Slaughter who had help from Macho Man Randy Savage.
The Career Ending match at Wrestlemania VII
The scary moments in March 1991 when The Undertaker locked the Warrior in a casket during a Funeral Parlor segment.
The "Trust Me" saga with Jake The Snake Roberts
The Match Made in Hell at Summerslam 1991 with Hogan vs Slaughter, Iron Sheik and Adnan.
After Summerslam, Warrior was fired for demanding more money.
At Wrestlemania VIII Warrior returned to aid Hulk Hogan who at the time was retiring and being beaten by Sid and Papa Shango.
The Voodoo curse from Papa Shango on Superstars where the Warrior threw up. - I think this was scarier than the Casket incident.
Summerslam 1992 in Wembly Stadium running for what seemed like forever with the long long entrance way.
A Match that never happened at Survivor Series 1992 was Savage and Warrior vs Ric Flair and Razor Ramon
- Again, Warrior got greedy and wanted more money.
Thought to be gone for good, 1996 rolls around and the WWE was bring back stars from the past to enhance its product. Jake The Snake returned, and at Wrestlemania XII Warrior returned and squashed a young HHH in seconds.
At In Your House Good Friends Better Enemies, it was the end of an era. It was Diesel and Razor Ramon's last WWE PPV, but Warrior pounded Goldust, got DQed and could have been Intercontinental Champion again.
May and June were recked with missed appearances and eventually Warrior was fired for a 3rd time.
A trainwreck 2 months in WcW in 1998 vs Hogan and the nWo was inbetween.
Turns out this would be the end of him in the WWE til the Video game released in 2013, but his appearance at the Hall of Fame, Wrestlemania XXX, and Raw the night after.
After watching countless youtube videos of the Hall of Fame, Wrestlemania, and his Raw return, I thought all was well and Warrior was back in the WWE under a legends contract to appear sporatically when needed, but during the speech he gave on Raw Monday, it was evident after watching it a 2nd time there was a hidden meaning.
The Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday afternoon. I woke up this morning to post after post on every news site, website, tv, and internet place.
Its been 10 hours since I woke up and saw the news, but its hard to make it sink in because it doesn't feel right. It seems impossible that someone who was having a great time the night before was now DEAD.
I'm shocked, but his career was memorable in more ways than one and he'll always be remembered forever!!
- lostways27 -