A sad start to the month of April. One of my favorite childhood wrestling hero's has passed away. The Ultimate Warrior died at the age of 54 from heart failure while walking with his wife to his car at a hotel. This was just 24 hours after he was on Monday Night RAW for the first time in 18 years and more than 48 hours removed from being honored at the 2014 Hall of Fame.
Ultimate Warrior was my gateway drug into wrestling when I was a little tyke. My dad liked watching wrestling and I think when I was around 2 or 3 I got my first glimpse of wrestling either on a Saturday morning or Saturday night when my dad had just got home from work and was relaxing. Who was on the screen? The Ultimate Warrior. The long hair, the crazy promos, the colorful facepaint and tassles the big muscles I thought he was the coolest thing I'd ever seen. Sure a lot of the times you didn't understand a word he was saying but the dude was a ball of energy running to the ring and that music was awesome!
WWE did a tribute to him this past week and it is one of the most beautiful packages I've seen them make for anyone. When it gets to the part where they show his daughters, that's when I lose it, being a new father myself.
What's crazy is that his last address to the fans the night before his death was almost prophetic, like he knew he was going to die. I read that his family had a history of heart disease and his father even died at 57 from a heart attack. He had to have known from doctors that he didn't have much time left. So I'm guessing that's why he put behind his bitterness with his former employer, WWE, and accepted the Hall of Fame invite. He may have known his days were numbered but probably didn't think it'd be so soon as he had signed a multiyear deal as an ambassador for the company. My heart goes out to his beautiful daughters and his wife. Despite his criticisms, they lost a good man.
I'll miss you Warrior!