For those of you who follow this page it should come to no surprise of you how much I have admired professional wrestling and the people that do it for a living. These men (and women) were my real-life superheroes growing up. I could read about Superman, Batman, and the X-Men then turn on my TV and see the Ultimate Warrior do battle with a voodoo man named Papa Shango or cheer on Jake “The Snake” Roberts as he gained revenge on Earthquake for squashing his snake, Damian. Then as I grew older I realized that these real-life superheroes were mere mortal and had dedicated their lives to perfect their physical form and then there are those that ended up becoming even more than that: an icon, a legend, and an immortal.
Now when I say an immortal, I don’t mean a literal immortal. I mean a person that has done so much in their lives in front of millions of eyes that their memory will always exist and live on. That the chances are very, very slim that there would never be a moment where there would not be somebody in the world that has never heard of the person.
One of those people passed away this past Tuesday.
Formerly known as Jim Hellwig, he later legally changed his name to the character he created and embodied… Warrior. Not Jim Warrior, or Warrior Hellwig… just simply…
Growing up I enjoyed watching him… was he my absolute favorite? No.. that honor went to his former tag-team partner Sting (which I’ve wrote about before) but he was awe-inspiring. I challenge any fan of pro wrestling in the 80’s to not hear his theme music play and not get nostalgic or just want to start banging their head or take off running!
I’m not going to be able to talk on and on about Warrior.. because like I said he wasn’t somebody that as a kid I idolized, but I loved watching him. The thing that has the most shook up about this all is that the man has quite literally given his own eulogy.
On this past Saturday, he was inducted in to the WWE Hall of Fame and gave a wonderful speech, which the part that touched the most was out of all of the championships and memories.. he feels his greatest accomplishment is his two daughters.. that puts things in to perspective. On Monday Night RAW, he came out and delivered a thank you to the fans… or I should say that the Ultimate Warrior gave a thank you to the fans and the speech turned out to be his own eulogy. Whether he knew this or not, we may never know, but the words he spoke touched a lot of people:
Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breath their final breath. and if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper in something larger than life, than his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.
I encourage anyone that has interest ( and a WWE Network subscription) to watch the Hall of Fame ceremony from this year and the speech he gave on Raw. I’m sure you will get the same eery, yet touching feeling that most of us have felt since.
There were other sides to Warrior, and I will not talk about this here because he was a controversial figure in the world… I will simply leave you with one of his “Weapons of Warrior Wisdom”…