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 Ultimate Warrior’s period of time where he was a writer.
The Ultimate Warrior had published a comic book called Warrior in 1996, with Warrior being the main character. He also ran a blog on his website called Warrior’s Machete. On this blog, he discussed his views on religion, sexuality and politics as well as his professional and personal life. Warrior discussed various people in wrestling such as Vince McMahon, Owen Hart and Hulk Hogan to name a few as well as historical people such as Martin Luther King and religious figures such as Jesus. He also touched based on his respect for our Founding Fathers and books like Odyssey by Homer, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen and even replied to fans’ letters. In 2012, he created and sold small paintings called Weapons of Wisdom. These paintings were 6×9 in size, painted with watercolors and either had an inspirational quote or a doodle by The Ultimate Warrior himself.
Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels). Each month, this particular person will be awarded WWE Superstar of the Month and for the month of August, this title goes to The Miz.
If there was a WWE Walk of Fame, The Miz would certainly be given a star with all the accomplishments he’s achieved recently. Although unsuccessful in the six man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania, he did become the Intercontinental Champion for the fifth time the following night on Monday Night Raw thanks to the assistance of his beautiful wife, Maryse. Even during Zack Ryder’s entitled rematch on Smackdown three days later, The Miz retained the title with the help of Maryse once again distracting Ryder. The Miz continued to maintain his role as our Intercontinental Champion by defeating the likes of Cesaro at Payback and again at Extreme Rules. Cesaro wasn’t the only opponent he defeated at Extreme Rules as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were also a part of the match, making it a Fatal 4Way. Although being a Champion of any kind in WWE comes with pressure and responsibility, you never saw a single drop of sweat fall from his brow or anxiety present in his voice. In fact, The Miz is so self-assured (in general and as a Champion), that he felt confident enough to film Marine 5: Battleground while holding the Intercontinental Championship. To me , it seemed as if he was gone as quickly as a blink of an eye as he came back on the June 27th edition of Monday Night Raw. That same day, he faced Kane for the Intercontinental Championship which resulted in a count out so even though Kane won the match, he did not win the Championship. This momentum has progressed from one pay-per-view to the next, defeating opponents such as Darren Young and Apollo Crews. As exciting as his title reign has been, The Miz brought more excitement to himself and the Intercontinental Championship by his controversial attack on Smackdown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan. On Talking Smack last week, The Miz flipped out on Bryan after he said The Miz wrestled like a “coward”. Not only did The Miz practically break the internet by this vicious rant going viral, but he gained a lot of respect and even gained some new fans. The Miz will once again show why he is the best as he goes up against Dolph Ziggler at Backlash with the Intercontinental Championship on the line.
When I began watching WWE religiously again in late 2012, The Miz was someone that I liked but wasn’t really behind. Then as time progressed, I actually didn’t like him at all. To see him on television annoyed me and I just grit my teeth until his match or promo segment had ended. As of 2015, I had come to like him and the more I see him wrestle or talk on the mic, the more I have become a fan; more so than I ever was in 2012. You just can’t help it. He’s always improving himself and he has lived up to his moniker that he is awesome and has made the Intercontinental Championship prestigious again. Many great wrestlers before him have held the title, adding their legacy behind it (The Ultimate Warrior, The Honky Tonk Man, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon among many more) and The Miz is doing just the same. As much as I love Dolph Ziggler and would love nothing more than for him to become victorious at Backlash, I would be happy if the Never Ending Intercontinental Championship World Tour continued on. We’re currently at 149 days, all!
Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels). Each month, this particular person will be awarded WWE Superstar of the Month and for the month of July, this title goes to Dean Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose has been on whirlwind of success the past several months. It all began in April, when Shane McMahon gave him his own show, The Ambrose Asylum. Of course, that sparked a feud with Chris Jericho since his show, The Highlight Reel, had been cancelled as a result of Ambrose’s new show. In May, they squared off at Extreme Rules in the first ever “Asylum Match”, named in Dean’s honor. This entailed being locked in a steel cage with weapons hanging from the top, allowing your inner maniac to shine through. That’s exactly what Dean did, as he hit Jericho with an aray of object followed by Dirty Deeds onto a bed of thumb tacks (69 to be exact) to win the match. In June, he won the Money in the Bank briefcase and cashed it in that same night, becoming out new WWE Champion. Although Stephanie McMahon tried to pull a fast one at the last Monday Night Raw prior to the WWE Draft stating Seth Rollins had won their scheduled title match, the referee reviewed the tapes and determined Ambrose was still the WWE Champion. A rematch occurred between the two on the premiere of Smackdown Live and once again, Ambrose came out on top. He would put his title on the line yet again at Battleground this month against his former brothers of The Shield, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns which he came out victorious. Dean has certainly had to go through battle to keep his title at WWE Champion, but he has continuously proven to Shane McMahon as well as Daniel Bryan why they made the best decision selecting him as their first draft pick as well as proven to us that he has truly earned his reign as WWE Champion.
Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels). Each month, this particular person will be awarded WWE Superstar of the Month and for the month of June, this title goes to Seth Rollins.
Seth made his exciting return to action at Extreme Rules, where he blindsided Roman Reigns with a Pedigree moments after Reigns retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles. This highly anticipated return came after six months out being out of action. As well all know, Seth tore his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in his knee while attempting a Sunset Flip Powerbomb on Kane. This occurred during a WWE Live event in November of 2015. This injury led to surgery and anywhere from six to nine months of recovery, forcing Seth to vacate his reign as WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship at 220 days. The WWE Universe got to witness what Seth endured during his six months of recovery through the WWE special “Redesign, Rebuild, Reclaim” which aired on the WWE Network on Monday, May 30th immediately following Monday Night Raw. For me personally, it was very inspiring to see how The Architect became who he is today and of course, the frustrations he encountered during his road to recovery. He certainly redesigned and rebuilt himself during that six months and all that was left for him to do was reclaim. This would occur during the main event at Money in the Bank where he did exactly what he said he would do and retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Of course, we all know that reign wouldn’t last long with Dean Ambrose cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase and became our new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Now, Seth Rollins is a part of the exciting main event match taking place at Battleground in July which is a Triple Threat Match against Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Even with this slight upset in his plan to become – and stay – WWE World Heavyweight Championship, this past month has certainly been successful for Seth, earning the title of June’s Superstar of the Month. I know there will plenty more months ahead where not only will he be making history but achieving every single goal he has in his sight.
Each time the camera lights go on, one star shines brighter among the rest. This individual is victorious, constantly showing themselves and the WWE Universe they are deemed worthy of air time, our time and our hearts (or hatred for our beloved heels). Each month, this particular person will be awarded WWE Superstar of the Month and for the month of April, this title goes to Shane McMahon.
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Here comes the money after almost 7 years away from WWE. He made his return in such appropriate fashion: when his father Vince McMahon was presenting his sister Stephanie McMahon with the “Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence” Award. His reason for returning was to control Monday Night Raw which his father gave his approval, but under one condition: Shane had to defeat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania in a Hell in a Cell match. If The Undertaker won, he would keep his career and live to see another Wrestlemania. As we all know, The Undertaker secured his fate with the WWE by winning his match against Shane, but there’s no denying Shane put up one hell of a fight. We all witnessed that amazing 20 foot leap off the top of the cell! Although he lost, he’s had the opportunity to run Monday Night Raw for three consecutive weeks and for the first time in history controlled the April 21st edition of Thursday Night Smackdown. Stephanie informed Shane and the WWE Universe that this Monday was his last week running Raw, but their father ultimately has the final say at Payback. It is at Payback that Vince will decide between his children who will have control of Monday Night Raw.
It hasn’t even been a month since Wrestlemania and Shane has done so much in that short period of time. We had the Tag Team Tournament take place, the debut of several NXT Superstars, the highly anticipated arrival and debut of Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows and fun, fresh matches. I honestly feel that we have been experiencing Raw After ‘Mania the past three weeks thanks to Shane. I personally know many people who feel this exact same way. It was a no-brainer who I wanted to proclaim WWE Superstar of the Month after the month of professional wrestling we’ve had, and it’s all thanks to Shane O Mac.