Wednesday, 9 April 2014

RIP: The Ultimate Warrior

 
The Ultimate Warrior's Hall of Fame induction

"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. 'Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life what 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 story tellers, 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 The Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever."
 
The Ultimate Warrior, Monday Night RAW, The 7th of April 2014. 
 
Sadly this would be the last time we would hear from Jim Hellwig AKA The Ultimate Warrior. 
 
Hellwig, aged 54, passed away on the 08/04/2014, just 3 days after his Hall of Fame induction. Hellwig collapsed in front of his Arizona hotel room and was pronounced dead at hospital.

My earliest memory of  wrestling is watching Wrestlemania 8 with my Dad - I remember watching Hulk Hogan vs Sid Justice in the main event. Papa Shango would interfere, helping Sid.All of a sudden that famous music hit. Warrior ran down to the ring in his trademark style and helped out his friend. I was hooked from that very moment and love wrestling to this day.
 
The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan, Wrestlemania 8
Many wrestling fans have fond memories of the Ultimate Warrior and he will be missed. It seems poignant that he was able to get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, as well as appearing on RAW one last time. His promo almost seemed to foreshadow his death - "Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath".

His death has been covered in many news articles so I am not here to cover it again in any great detail. I just wanted to pay tribute in some way.
 
The Ultimate Warrior is a true legend in the wrestling business and will always be remembered that way. He may no longer be with us but his legacy will remain. He was a childhood hero to me and millions of others and will never be forgotten.
 
Thanks for getting me into Wrestling. 

Warrior, Icon, Legend, Hall of Famer
 
RIP Jim Hellwig

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