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Lessons learned in the Sudden Passing of the Ultimate Warrior

I’m big into wrestling in case you didn’t know. Have been all my life. Will always be.

I’m a trained professional wrestler myself, toiling away on the Texas indy scene, but that’s a story for another day.

Looking back at it from a purely fan standpoint, I can’t recall the very first match I went to, so I have loved wrestling as far as I can remember. Guys like Ric Flair, the Brittish Bulldog, Chris Benoit, Curt Henning, Bret Hart, Jake Roberts, Randy Savage and of course Hulk Hogan rank up there with my favorites of all time, along side the newer and the indy generation of guys like CM Punk, Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan in WWE), the Amazing Red, AJ Styles, Kobashi Kenta and KENTA.

A guy I always enjoyed as well was the Ultimate Warrior. He came to the ring to the tune of banging rock music like a bat out of hell, 100 miles and hour. He easily got the crowds into a mad frenzy with his antics and his character. Now when the bell rang, his matches were not 5-star classics, but that was OK, he still sucked you in like few have been able to.

Even though I have gotten older and have gotten into the business myself and my tastes have changed, his Wrestlemania VI match with Hulk Hogan still ranks among like top three favorite matches. I remember not believing it was really going to happen as a kid and then when the three count came down with Hogan on the mat, I couldn’t believe it either. As a fan it is still an incredible memory I have.

Warrior’s career in the WWE was not the best from that point on and he ended up on the outs with owner Vince McMahon. Later he ended up in WCW for an abysmal run before fading into the night. He would make his return to the WWE in the form of a DVD, the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior which was a first class burial of the man and his character and his work. This would create an even bigger schism between the man and the company than every before.

While rumors circulated it was still surprising, a pleasant surprise to see the Warrior as one of the inductees into the WWE’s Hall of Fame class of 2014.

It was great for them to give the fans what they want and after all these years for people to be able to bury hatchets and move on. So much more important it is now that the Warrior is no longer with us. He passed on late Tuesday after the HOF ceremony, after Wrestlemania weekend and after a last appearance on Raw.

I will admit I kind of dismissed his promo at first but after his passing and going back and watching it, his words take on eerie meaning. You have to wonder if he knew his time on this earth was coming to an end.

He was only 54-years-old.

My mom often said when I was growing up that you never know the day nor the hour, and truly you don’t. From wrestlers, to sports stars, celebrities on down to the average joe citizen, friends, family members, you just don’t know who will be with us as the sun rises on each new day.

Been reading lots of comments from people in the biz and fans who had nothing but pleasant things to say about the Warrior this past weekend from fans who got to meet their hero to him burying the hatchets and bad blood with people in the business, he is an example that it is never too soon to do so. That carrying those grudges around is never worth it that you never know when your time will come and you can’t bury anything, you can’t fix those broken relationships, friendships. No one has ever won the battle with Father Time and I don’t think anyone even in Vegas would take odds against him.

It’s never too soon to fix things, and we all need to remember that.

 

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  1. Dr. White-Lewis (mom)
    April 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, what an awesome message Bj!!!

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