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Former WWE official Wes Adams recently spoke about the Ultimate Warrior. Here is what he had to say…
“I didn’t always read the Ultimate Warrior’s website or his writings, so I wasn’t aware if he presented his side of the issue or not. But fact remains, whether the WWE wanted him to or not, he was an important part of one of the biggest boom periods in wrestling history. So many years went by with lawsuits, wars of words, and other forms of litigation between the Warrior and the WWE that we always thought that he was going to receive the Randy Savage treatment when it came to the Hall of Fame induction. But the unthinkable happened. The bridge that was burned to the ground and the ashes thrown into the river and washed away was magically rebuilt sometime last year. A new Warrior DVD has been released, and he took his rightful place in the Hall of Fame, and got one more chance to walk on the big stage of WrestleMania, and one last chance to be seen by millions on RAW. A good friend of mine pointed out that the eeriness of Warrior’s promo on RAW almost came across like he was giving his own eulogy. I know it’s been printed countless times, but I’m going to include it again:
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and 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. Ultimate. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”
Ultimately spoken. He was 100% correct. The fans make everybody. Not Vince McMahon, not the developmental systems, not the creative team. THE FANS. And I’m so proud to have been a part of the generation that made the Ultimate Warrior. I’ve been in professional wrestling for 14 years, and I’ve been fortunate to meet many, many, of my childhood heroes. I’ll never get to meet the Ultimate Warrior. I’ll never get to shake the hand of the Ultimate Warrior. I’ll never get to tell him how much of an inspiration he was to me. A lot of us won’t. But no matter what, we can never, ever forget, that the saddest part of this, is that children won’t get to hug their father ever again. A wife will never be able to tell her husband she loves him again. A mother will never be able to look at her son ever again. My final memory of the Ultimate Warrior is that on Tuesday night, my mother and I were watching his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. She has never been a huge wrestling fan but nonetheless still supports me. She sat there and watched Jim Hellwig, not the Ultimate Warrior, talk about his kids, his wife, and his mother. And she was genuinely moved and put over how good of a man he was to do that. He could have used that national cable TV time to put himself over, relive the good old days, bash the WWE, but he didn’t. He used time to that to tell his family just how much they meant to him. And no matter how much we will miss the Warrior, his family is going to miss him a million times more.”