Warrior Wednesday (Death)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we unfortunately must discuss the passing of The Ultimate Warrior.

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The Ultimate Warrior passed away on April 8, 2014. On April 5th, Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  He appeared at Wrestlemania when WWE honored the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on April 6th and appeared on Monday Night Raw the following night. Warrior’s cohorts said he looked sickly during Wrestlemania weekend, stating he was sweating tremendously and breathed heavily backstage.

On the day of his death, The Ultimate Warrior had grabbed his chest and collapsed while walking with his wife outside their hotel in Arizona. The Ultimate Warrior was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.  He died at the age of 54 from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

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Warrior Wednesday (Writing)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we look back at The Ultimate Warrior’s hobby of writing.

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The Ultimate Warrior published a comic book called Warrior in 1996 where he was the main character.  The illustration was done by The Sharp Brothers and it was co-written with Jim Callahan.

“Warrior Machete” was the title of The Ultimate Warrior’s blog located on his personal website. On this blog, he discussed his views on politics, patriotism, sexuality, his time as a professional wrestler and even used his blog to respond to fans’ letters.  When discussing his wrestling career, individuals such as Vince McMahon, Lex Luger, Owen Hart, The British Bulldog among more were touched on.  The Ultimate Warrior also wrote about historic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr and George Washington as well as celebrities like Heath Slater and Paris Hilton and religious figures such as Jesus Chris.  On occasion, Warrior discussed America’s Founding Fathers and books he enjoyed such as As a Man Thinketh by James Allen and Odyssey by Homer.

The Ultimate Warrior also began selling watercolor paper, about 6×9 in length, with drawings, doodles and inspirational quotes by Warrior himself in 2012. He titled these pieces of art “Weapons of Wisdom”.

Warrior Wednesday (Slandered by WWE)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we are discussing the time frame Warrior’s name was slandered by WWE.

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In 1996 and 1998, The Ultimate Warrior and WWE had developed multiple lawsuits regarding The Ultimate Warrior’s name and character.  Ultimately (no pun intended), the court ruled in favor of Warrior.  This allowed Warrior to use and keep the name as well as the gimmicks, costumes and traits he developed during his professional wrestling career.

On September 27th, 2005, WWE released a DVD documentary called “The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior.”  This featured highlights and famous feuds Warrior had in WWE along with harsh commentary from past and present WWE Superstars; Triple H being one of them.  Triple H commented that his WrestleMania debut against Warrior at WrestleMania XII provided “mixed emotions” as Warrior “ruined the experience” and that he was “one of the most unprofessional guys he’s ever performed with.”  The Ultimate Warrior was originally asked to do production for the DVD, but declined as he stated he wanted nothing to do with WWE; this resulted in animosity between Warrior and WWE.

In January of 2006, The Ultimate Warrior filed a lawsuit against WWE over the portrayal of himself and his career in “The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior” in Arizona.  On September 18th, 2009, the lawsuit was dismissed.

 

Warrior Wednesday (Death Rumors)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we are discussing death rumors that circulated around The Ultimate Warrior.

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The Ultimate Warrior made his return to WWF at WrestleMania VIII after almost an eight month hiatus from the company.  Upon his return, Warrior looked completely different; he now had shorter, blonder hair and a smaller figure.  It immediately triggered rumors among fans that another wrestler was portraying The Ultimate Warrior; some thought it was Kerry Von Erich.  Fans believed that Warrior died from liver failure due to steroid usage or from his trademark armbands cutting off blood circulation.  WWE stated that the thought of another man playing The Ultimate Warrior is “perhaps the longest standing urban legend in WWE history.”  WWE announcer Tom Phillips stated this rumor may have developed on Gene Okerlund’s WCW Hotline as well as the WCW debut of a Warrior lookalike, The Renegade.

I tried to find a photo of The Ultimate Warrior around WrestleManiaVIII time frame but was unsuccessful.  I do however have a photo of The Ultimate Warrior and The Renegade side by side for comparison.  I certainly see similarities but I wouldn’t call Renegade an Ultimate Warrior doppleganger.

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Warrior Wednesday (A life of love)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we are taking a look at The Ultimate Warrior outside of the ring and into a look at The Ultimate Warrior as a husband.

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The Ultimate Warrior was married two times. His first marriage was to Shari Lynn Tyree on October 2, 1982.  Warrior and Tyree met at The Million Dollar Saloon, a strip club located in Dallas, TX where Tyree was working at the time.  They were married for almost ten years before the two divorced on March 22, 1991, two days before Wrestlemania VII.  Warriors married his second wife Dana Vaile (better known to The WWE Universe as Dana Warrior) on January 31, 1999 and were married fifteen years until Warrior’s passing.  They have two daughters together, Indiana who was born in 2000 and Mattigan who was born in 2002.

Warrior Wednesday (Third return to WWE)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we look back at his third and final return to WWE.

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On February 20th, 2013, The Ultimate Warrior took to his official YouTube channel to announce that he would be making an appearance at WrestleCon as well as WrestleMania XXIX on April 7, 2013.  During this time, he spoke nothing but kind and positive words about Vince McMahon.  His appearances at these events were so popular that a second print of tickets has to be order.  On July 15th, The Ultimate Warrior was featured in WWE2K14 game trailer and was featured as part of the roster for those that pre-ordered the game.

On April 5th, 2014, The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.  He appeared on Wrestlemania XXX and Monday Night Raw, which would be his final televised appearance.  This was the first time he had appeared on Monday Night Raw since 1996.  He gave a speech to his fans and to the wrestlers, both past and present, as The Ultimate Warrior.

Warrior Wednesday (World Championship Wrestling and retirement)

The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE.  He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling.  Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer.  In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday.  This week, we look back at his time with World Championship Wrestling along with his retirement from professional wrestling.

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In 1998, The Ultimate Warrior signed with World Championship Wrestling.  There, he formed a faction called “One Warrior Nation” with the acronym oWn, a stable against his rival “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan’s New World Order (nWo).  The interesting parts of this storyline was the time The Ultimate Warrior kidnap and “converted” The Disciple as well as knocking out members of nWo, with the exception of Hulk Hogan, with his “magic smoke”.

Unfortunately, The Ultimate Warrior only had three matches during his time in WCW.  The first was in the “WarGames” match at Fall Brawl where he and eight other wrestlers competed for an opportunity against Goldburg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.  Diamond Dallas Page won that match as a result of pinning Stevie Ray.  The second match was on Monday Nitro where he teamed up with Sting to take on Hulk Hogan and Bret “The Hitman” Hart.  The match resulted in Sting and Warrior winning the match due to disqualification, but The Ultimate Warrior had very little participation in this match.  The third and final match was against Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc.  Eric Bischoff described this match as “one of the worst main event pay-per-view wrestling matches ever.”  Reason being the timing each gentleman was hitting their maneuvers was poor, an arm injury Warrior had sustained was slowing him down, and Hulk Hogan failing to “blind” Warrior with a fireball when Hogan lit the flash paper and went up in his face instead.  The match ended by Horace Hogan attacking The Ultimate Warrior while Eric Bischoff was distracting the referee.  This allowed Hogan to pin Warrior for the win.

World Championship Wrestling stated they had tried to revive the storyline, however The Ultimate Warrior had stated in interviews that the only reason they brought him onto WCW was for Hogan to defeat him in return for Hogan’s WrestleMania job.  The Ultimate Warrior’s last televised appearance was on November 9, 1998 when he came out to the aid of The Disciple who was being attacked by the members of nWo.  After that, The Ultimate Warrior retired from professional wrestling that same year.