It’s funny how life is sometimes. Things can change in an instant. And the last few hours have been no exception. Originally, I was going to talk about my thoughts on the new era in the WWE and the awesome special on the WWE Network. Then, I saw the news this morning Warrior had passed away. The man with acrylic paint, armbands and adrenaline that made a generation believe is gone.
Before his Hall of Fame induction ceremony this past Saturday, I began watching The Warrior’s new WWE DVD. Truth be told, it was kind of surprising what I found. He was a different man than in years past. The confrontational and often curmudgeonly man from parts unknown seemed a little bit more gentle and open to talking about the past. Personalities he went on tirades about years prior were anecdotal stories now. It definitely seems like age and time made him nostalgic for the days of his wrestling stardom.
Say what you want to about the man but he was a man of conviction. He believed in himself so much that he legally changed his name to Warrior. That may sound crazy, but you also have to admire it in some respect, as well as I don’t know many things in this world I am that committed to. No matter how nonsensical his promos or how limited his skill set. He persevered. And unlike some who were worried about their position on the card, Warrior wasn’t afraid to walk away if something didn’t feel right. That takes major fortitude.
At the Hall of Fame, we saw a different side of the man that was once a One Warrior Nation. He was a family man, who loves his daughters, his mother and his wife. Even with these softer moments, Warrior pulled no punches on the stage talking about the gifts that the business gave him, but being clear that it doesn’t last forever. If only we knew how poignant those words were going to be.
He would appear on Raw and talk about the legacy of the Warrior and how the fans would keep the spirit alive in their hearts. It was almost like he knew something was coming. But as he said so eloquently his family was his greatest creation and that’s where my heart is right now. Those two little girls were so happy Saturday night. Now this happens.
I still have the final disc left in his new WWE set, at this point I’m not sure if I can finish it. But one things for sure. I’m glad he got to celebrate his career before he passed. Not many get to do that. He left an indelible mark on the business that no one thought was possible. Always believe.