Just days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, the Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54.
The story broke last night just after midnight when real life WWE Chief Operating Officer and WWE Superstar Triple H announced the news via Twitter.
Warrior, who was born Jim Hellwig but legally changed his name to simply Warrior in 1993, was on RAW Monday night for the first time in years. He addressed the crowd and ironically had this to say:
“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 makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in 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 Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”
I just watched RAW last night and when I saw Warrior come down to the ring something seemed “off”. I can’t say I saw something like this coming, but for the first time he seemed “old”. I picked up a bit of this on Saturday night during the HOF ceremony, but I attributed it to nerves based on the enormity of the event.
Warrior leave behind his wife Dana, daughters Indiana (2000), Mattigan (2002) and a slew of passionate fans who loved the Ultimate Warrior character. On a personal note, Warrior was always one of my favorites and I’m happy that he lived to be inducted into the Hall of Fame which he so justly deserved. Rest is peace sir. You’ll be missed and your legacy certainly will live on.