Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The Ultimate Warrior Has Died

The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most popular professional wrestlers ever, has died at the age of 54. News of Warrior's death came approximately 24 hours after he appeared on WWE's "Monday Night Raw" show and days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during Wrestlemania 30 in New Orleans.

35 comments:

Bacon Ranch said...

Steroids. Sheesh, too young.
Dumbass.

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TalksTooMuch said...

That is too sad. So very young. Wrestlers have a tough row to hoe, so many injuries and the pressure for steroids. Bat signal for Rowdy and the count.

RIP

sandybrook said...

RIP. I hope all the steroids you took to get to that size and get rich were worth cutting 20-30 years off your lifespan.

Bacon Ranch said...

Though RIP

Too young..so silly to go that way.

Cassandra Kelly said...

RIP Warrior
So glad he was inducted into the HOF Saturday. One of the most entertaining entrances ever!

Leekalicious said...

Rest in Peace. Too young by far.
I just read a Livejournal article (mookieghana). He kept track of 529 of the top professional wrestlers from 1980-2010. Fifty-nine of those 529 passed away (about half from cardio-vascular problems) Seventy percent of those 59 passed before reaching age 50.
Hey guys.

Violet said...

Unless you spent your childhood Saturday afternoons watching Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks then you have no idea what real wrestling is all about.
RIP.

Pogue Mahone said...

Never even heard of him.

sandybrook said...

I know Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks never ingested steroids.

Leekalicious said...

@Violet When I was little they called it Stampede Wrestling, and it was on Sat mornings.

Suzyanne Guzicki said...

RIP Warrior. You always brought the hotness to the WWE for me.

DeeNance said...

RIP Warrior. I feel so bad for his little girls, you could tell he was a loving papa

8=====D aka Lil Tool. KermitGosnellKnobJockey said...

Charismatic and batshit crazy. That means GREAT.

RIP

Its just U said...

I am devastated. I loved him. My brothers are bust up too. My youngest brother is a professional wrestler and it was because of this dude.
Yes, he was a juicer. He also wasn't very well liked in the wrestling community, but to die so young is awful. I think him and Mc Mahon recently put the feud to bed and that's why he was inducted into the HOF.
Rest in peace Warrior. The place is a little less colourful today.

Its just U said...

I think I'll watch The Wrestler tonight and cry my eyes out.
More than a nod to Warrior in Randy the Ram.

TalksTooMuch said...

Ah, IJU, I love that movie. I can't watch it without crying either

Its just U said...

@TTM I'm not usually a cryer at movies but that one gets me every time.

discoflux said...

Oh my lord. I still haven't been able to watch The Wrestler since the first time I saw it at the theater. I was bawling and my buddy was crying, too.

RIP Warrior. I think it's kind of rude to call him a dumbass for using steroids, but every junkie that falls off the planet is a poor, tortured soul and NOT a dumbass? You know I know I love BR, but that was pretty harsh.

He made a good family and good name for himself and his speech he gave on Monday Night Raw takes on a whole new dimension now.

"No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own," he told the crowd. "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 that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.

"I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever."

Groggy said...

RIP. Prayers for his wife and two young daughters. He's (probably) gone the way so many other pro wrestlers have: a lifetime of steroids and painkillers that enlarge their hearts and harden their arteries until one day they just drop dead.

califblondy said...

Wow, that's awesome.

Maggie said...

Rip

nurysp said...

dem roids
too young

my favorite growin up smh

Becca Parker said...

Same here.
Just what is this obsession with wrestling lately?
It's all fake & they admit it!

RowdyRodimus said...

The Ultimate Warrior wasn't just a wrestler, he was a force. When he put on his warpaint, sprinted down to the ring, shook the ropes and squashed his opponent he wasn't just there trying to put on a 5 Star match for Dave Meltzer to rave about, he was proving to all the children in the audiences that Super Heroes are real. That you can accomplish whatever you want to in life as long as you make the sacrifices needed to do it. We'll never have a Superman but to kids in 1990 when he pinned the seemingly unbeatable Hulk Hogan for the WWF Title in Toronto, he was as close as we were going to get at a real life Superman.

Many people hated his politics and called him crazy for saying things such as (the admittedly ridiculous) "Queering don't make the world work" which taken out of context sounds horrible, however, if you look at what he was talking about which was "Why homosexuality cannot provide a sustainable amount of people" he was telling the truth, the last I heard a man or woman can't get another man or woman pregnant. Lost in all of that was his creed:

Always Believe- Believe in yourself. If you can't do that then no one else will believe in you. Only by believing in yourself can you accomplish anything.
You have to be able to stand on your own two feet, take responsibility for your actions. nobody owes you anything, you get what you earn, you'll care much more for the car you worked three years to get than the one someone gave you.

In short, Personal Responsibility. I know that can be almost seen as a hate term in today's political climate. You are the master of your destiny, not a government program, not a person you can use to get what you want, YOU.

A person is only truly dead when someone speaks their name for the last time. For the fans of Jim Hellwig, Warrior,Dingo Warrior, Rock, Ultimate Warrior, whatever you want to call him his name will be mentioned for as many years as the sun burns and so will he and his legend.

RowdyRodimus said...

@Becca, whoa! It's not "real"? The next thing you're going to tell me is that Hugh Jackman isn't really a mutant with claws coming from his forearms, an adamantium coated skeleton and a healing factor that will allow him to shake off being shot in the head.

No shit it's not real. None of the people you read about on this site are the characters they play. TV shows,Movies,etc..NONE of that is real. So why do people feel the need to criticize wrestling and it's fans for watching and participating in a form of entertainment without giving the same speech to everyone who wants to go see a movie or watch a TV show?

You know those videos they do of "WWE Fake: Here's Proof!" and shit like that? I'd love for someone to do one that says "Hollywood FAKE! PROOF!" and then show clips of Tom Hanks in all his movies just to show how stupid people sound acting like they just found the Rosetta Stone on wrestling "proving" for the first time wrestling isn't real. SMH...

Its just U said...

Preach it Rowdy!!!
It may be scripted but believe me, it's very much real. They really hit each other. They fall hard. They get busted up and hurt.
I know a few wrestlers who all train hard. They do 24 shows a year and train 5 days a week.
No stunt doubles. No retakes.
That's as real as it gets.

CanadianMiss said...

I was never a Warrior fan, but that sucks. Just last week my husband was shocked to learn he was still alive.

Count Jerkula said...

Warrior was nuts, no doubt, and a complete mark for his gimmick. That is why WCW paid him big money to sit at home for a year or 2, after a couple appearances. Too much trouble to deal with.

Vince McMahon hated him, and put out a DVD for no other reason than to slam him, because Vince hates anyone who out businesses Vince. Jeff Jarrett's contract ran out a few days before the PPV where Jeff was to lose to Chyna, so Jeff held Vince up for a 6 figure payment to job for her. Jeff was one of the first guys terminated when WWE bought WCW. Randy Savage was never inducted into the HOF and rarely put into highlight reels because when he left WWF, he took with him the Slim Jim endorsement deal, costing Vince money. Warrior told Vince he wasn't going to go show up at Wrestlemania 7, unless he got the same money as Hoga. He put Vince over a barrel, Vince paid him and Vince hated his guts for it.

Warrior's biggest attribute was charisma. In the cartoony days of late 80's wrestling, plenty of guys got over on gimmick and charisma, few reached the heights of the Warrior.

I was a huge mark when Warrior went to WWE from World Class, in Dallas. I loved his feud with Rick Rude. I was crushed when one of my faves, Sgt Slaughter, turned Iraqi sympathizer and beat Warrior for the title.

I am glad Warrior got the chance to make piece w/ WWE and be inducted into the HOF. He probably got a nice pay day for that and for the coming pro-Warrior DVD. I am also glad he signed a legends deal this weekend, so his family will have some help from merchandise income.

There were rumors in 1991, when he left the WWE, that he died in a car crash. People figured no one would walk away while he was still on top. Well, Warrior waited until he was on top again before he checked out for real.

RIP Brutha.

#OneWarriorNation

Cassandra Kelly said...

Well said!

Cassandra Kelly said...

+ 100000000000000

hairydawg said...

he was a bigot
used his modest platform to insult homosexuals for being who they were born

DearErin said...

Yesssss!

Unknown said...

that is odd, wasn't there an nation enq story about him being a gay male escort before he became a famous wrestler?

Count Jerkula said...

@Unknown: That is an allegation some one dropped in back and forth shit talking in the past few years. Could be true. Young bodybuilder in CA needs some money for his steroids, who knows what could happen.