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Old 04-09-2014, 09:04 AM
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Woke up this morning half asleep scrolling through twitter and noticed alot of Warrior talk. Opened my eyes to see what exactly was being said and saw the news. It took me by surprise because we all just finished watching him at Mania and Raw and he looked to be in excellent shape for a man in his mid 50's. It hit me pretty good because Warrior was my 1st favorite wrestler when I first started watching. I remember renting Mania 6 all the time just to watch the Warrior/Hogan match. As a fan I'm happy that we got to see him mend fences with WWE, as a person, It saddens me to think that his two young daughters will have to grow up without a father.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:07 AM
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Holy shit, I just saw this on the a.m. news... this friggin bums me out, man.

Recently some of us got to read the letter he faxed to McMahon before the "SummerSlam Holdup" and you got the idea him and the boss were really, reeeaaally close. I can't imagine the feeling Vince got when he heard the news... after the shock and heartache I'm sure he was really thankful he decided to let bygones be bygones. There's a good lesson in this for the rest of us.

I hope Warrior got to finish his movie. I own the Self Destruction DVD and I've been interested to hear another side of the story since Warrior announced the new one he was making.

RIP Ultimate Warrior, nobody took their persona more seriously than you did. You're bodyslamming angels now, buddy.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:12 AM
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Much sadness surrounds his death. I can't imagine what it must be like to be walking with your significant other and in one second they pass out and pass on. And for his young daughters to now have to grow up without a father is the worst. I hope that his family can find the strength to live a happy and productive life once they get past the grieving and mourning stage.

As a fan Warrior was my first favorite wrestler. Someone that as a kid I believed in and admired. It is because of him that I got hooked at a young age and continue to be a fan to this day.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:20 AM
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I'm surprisingly sad considering I was only being born during his major WWF runs, probably saw him in his WCW run with a small understanding of who he was, but can't say I ever followed him in the business. Over the years I came to like him for the workout and motivational stuff he put online.

The timing is eerie and upsetting. I'm glad it happened after he got to experience last weekend instead of before, but in the end all the wrestling BS is pretty irrelevant compared to the loss of the man and what his family must be going through. More than the HoF induction or any of that, I'm happy for him that he seemingly got to put to rest a lot of issues with a lot of different people and embrace them.

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:23 AM
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I was at work last night when one of my managers told me about Triple H tweeting about Warrior's death. And so I went to yahoo, and it was already on there with a report from ABC News. I had just been on a wrestling site a half hour before on my lunch break, and nothing was said of it. So it must've literally broke right as I went back to work.

This is just so shocking, and so heartbreaking. The biggest reason it's so shocking is that we literally just saw him the day before on national TV, and then he's gone, like that. If we hadn't seen him in years, it would still be surprising, but not like this. This just really caps off a shocking and really now emotional Wrestlemania weekend.

For all of us that grew up watching wrestling in the 1980's and 1990's, that generation, our childhoods have basically died over the last couple of days. One for storyline purposes that could mean something strong in reality, and another that's just flat out real.

First the Undertaker's Streak ending, which pretty much points out that the Undertaker is either finished with wrestling, or is about a match or two away.

And then another one of the "Big Three" of the Hulkamania Era has passed on with the Ultimate Warrior. Randy Savage is also gone. Hulk Hogan is the one that remains.

The timing of this is what makes this so horrible. The Ultimate Warrior had just re-embraced the WWE and the wrestling industry for the first time in 16-17 years. He was coming home. He had signed a multi-year deal to be an Ambassador with a Legends Contract, so it definitely appeared we were gonna see more of Warrior over time, just like with Hulk, HBK, Bret, Stone Cold, Piper, etc. And now that's done. He held a grudge, and the wrestling industry held a grudge against him for so long, and now the two had come together, only for it all to end so soon afterward.

I'm really happy for Jim Hellwig (Warrior), the man that he got to experience his last three days the way he did. Getting inducted into the WWE HOF. Going out in front of a huge stadium one last time. Being embraced and making peace with his peers (Hogan, Vince, Nash, Jake, etc.). Having numerous younger wrestlers come up to him and tell him how much he meant to him (see Daniel Bryan's and Batista's tweets as examples). And then getting to come out on Raw and receive an awesome response from the crowd one more time. Honestly, if you have to depart this Earth, there's really not a better way to go out than the way he did. He made peace with so many people that he feuded with for so long. He finally got the recognition and respect from the WWE and so many other wrestlers he most likely longed for. And most importantly, he got the same from the fans. It's quite beautiful when you think about it.

His death is hitting me so much more than I would've ever expected. Like many, I was a big fan of him as a kid, although I liked Hulk and Macho Man more. And like most, as I grew up and came to know and understand more about the art of pro wrestling, my appreciation for him decreased over time. I also didn't agree with many of his political and social views. I also felt he was too hard on a lot of other pro wrestlers that had drug issues or passed on from those issues. But at the same time, I always felt he was misunderstood as a performer. Many people mocked his promos, because they sounded "non-sensical" but he was like Undertaker, a more supernatural character that was more deep and philosophical than your typical pro wrestling character. There was no one like him, and that became more and more obvious as time went along, when he was never forgotten by wrestling fans and former wrestling fans. Almost a day never went by when someone somewhere was asking, when is the Ultimate Warrior gonna come back? He left a huge impression on people, and he's a wrestling legend that will never be forgotten. Even though he didn't have a lot of classic matches, he was obviously great at what he did, and that was connecting with the fans. Or he wouldn't be so fondly remembered by so many people decades after he had long retired.

Even though he wasn't my absolute favorite as a kid, he was still a huge favorite and he created some of the biggest wrestling memories of my childhood. I'll never forget the ultimate showdown with Hulk Hogan that defined a generation of young wrestling fans. Just like everyone in my age group, I remember my cousin and acting out the match, I'd be Hulk, and he'd be Warrior. I remember one of the most dramatic and emotional, and greatest wrestling matches in history with Macho Man Randy Savage at Wrestlemania VII. I remember, his feud with the Undertaker, where Taker put the Warrior in a coffin on WWF Superstars, and being absolutely terrified that he was gonna die in that coffin if those people didn't get him out! I remember him and Undertaker main eventing the very first wrestling show I ever attended in June of 1991 in a "Bodybag Match." I remember him being betrayed by Jake Roberts in that room with the snakes and getting "bitten" by one as he fell to the feet of Jake and the Undertaker. I remember being there live at the Hoosier Dome (later RCA Dome) when Hulk Hogan was being attacked by Sid and Papa Shango, wondering how Hogan was gonna escape, and marking out when the Warrior came out to save him. I remember that epic feud and match at Summerslam 92 in Wembley Stadium with Macho Man, a match that is severely underrated. He left so many great memories for my childhood. He did that for so many people.

I think the best word to describe the passing of the Ultimate Warrior is "bittersweet." It's so tragic, especially with the timing of it and how his future seemed so promising. But he had as good a final three days as anyone in the wrestling industry and will be missed by a generation of wrestling fans who idolized him and still fondly remember him as adults.

R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig) No one will ever fill your shoes.

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:23 AM
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A lot of people are saying that Warrior didn't look right on Monday but I thought he looked great.
I was wondering about his a bit when I seen his promo on Raw. His hands were shaking a bit, he sounded a bit breathless & his facial colour was really red, but I didn't know whether to put it down to nerves, health or whatever.
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Old 04-09-2014, 09:29 AM
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Ultimate Warrior was definitely one of my favourites as a kid. He had so much energy and it was just so hard to believe that he could be defeated. The two biggest memories I have of him are his matches against Hulk Hogan and Honky Tonk Man. His appearance and his antics including his promos were one of a kind. This news is really shocking. Double this with Undertaker's streak ending and I'm starting to feel old. Rest in Peace to an undeniably unique and distinctive superstar.
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Of course, the irony is that we spent all those years missing him.....even as he was alive. Whether it was the fault of Vince McMahon, Jim Hellwig or both, he wasted mountains of time estranged from the sport that made him famous. He could have been entertaining us as an active competitor, then a retired personality.....and building himself a nice retirement fund in the process. Instead, he sat at home and all we read of him were angry interviews.

The anger and resentment ruined everything that could have been. Sure, it's great we got to see the breach healed before he died, which is still a bit better than the way we lost Randy Savage before he could get it done, but I still don't see much improvement either way.

Folks who are all hot to hold a grudge as long as they live may feel they've "won" something, but in the end, we all lose when one of them dies and we get to cry that the lost years were nothing but a waste.

Who knows what was going on in Hellwig's body and mind this past weekend? As a loose cannon all these years, I wondered if the "craziness" we've read about was going to manifest itself at WM30. Instead, his behavior was completely normal..... yet we're still left wondering who the man truly was.

Yes, we're properly sad he's gone, but to me, the sadness goes back a lot further than the events of the past 24 hours.
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Like many others have stated, I wonder if he knew his time was coming. I saw footage of his match with Orlando Jordan. Not a 5 star match but he still went hard, however at HoF when the "one more match" chant started he was real quick to shout "no" and look really upset about it.

R.I.P. Warrior.
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Incredible... It's like he was just waiting for one last run down that aisle before he went.
RIP WARRIOR. ALWAYS BELIEVE.
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