Growing up as a child of the 80’s (the 1980’s that is) watching professional wrestling was a favorite pastime. The icons of the sport were men like Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Randy “the Macho Man” Savage and Sting. These were my “heroes” as a child, and I watched them with awe. One of my favorite childhood memories is of my father taking me to see an independent wrestling league in the small town I grew up in.
At the height of its popularity the World Wrestling Federation (WWF – now WWE) introduced us to a mythical hero who called himself “the Ultimate Warrior.” He was a man of few words, but he epitomized the high energy passion of the WWF.
The Ultimate Warrior was recently inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, and on April 7th he gave his final speech to his loyal fans. On Tuesday April 8th, the WWE announced that the Ultimate Warrior had passed away.
The Ultimate Warrior, James Warrior (he had his last name legally changed), was 54 and is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was a class act and his final speech proved that.
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.
You will be remembered, Ultimate Warrior, thank you for years of entertaining us.
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