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how strange the timing, just a day after his appearance on Raw last night, and his WMXX/hall of fame induction.
The timing....I mean......I was just watching him being awesome on Raw the night before last.
RIP. A huge part of my childhood, gone. :(
I might come back and add more once I've managed to process this...
Only in wrestling: http://deadspin.com/5506969/dead-wrestler-of-the-week-the-ultimate-warrior/1559112088/+Sean-Newell
"One day every man's heart beats its final beat, his lungs breath their final breath, and if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, it makes them believe deeper in something 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 what the man did live forever"
though its probably good to wait until the cause of death is confirmed before saying too much
was a kid. Such a shame that he's gone.
He was one of my favourites when I was kid. Just the whole thing thing, the facepaint, the running to the ring. When he was bouncing the ropes up and down, to a kid, that was honestly the coolest thing in the world.
I'm not sure if I want to speculate on his death now, but you look at how the WWE took him back in again over the past few months and I wonder if he was terminal with anything and that's why everything that happened recently did.
he didn't look well and the quote that spiritofjazz posted is difficult to not read in to.
I remember thinking at the time how odd it was to just bring him out unannounced for what, at the time, felt like a bit of a nothing segment.
Such a shock so close to HoF, Mania and Raw.
The wrestling world is so fucking weird sometimes.
then dead the very next day :(
I wonder if he knew he was ill? I mean given his speech on Raw and even the fact he accepted going into the hall of fame in the first place despite previous ill feelings.
Big public announcement, died the next day. Both epic showmen :(
best match ever
and forcing his opponents to memorise and rehearse absolutely everything weeks ahead of time.
It's amazing that Honky Tonk's record of having the Intercontinental championship the longest was beaten in 31 seconds.
Also, I miss Howard Finkel's way of saying "and NEW"
Have a good evening.
But Honky Tonk had been holding that belt for over a year and was the longest Intercontinental champion.
But yeah, title reigns/changes meant a hell of a lot more back then.
doesn't really mean much. Back then, the Intercontinental championship was really important. It wasn't this belt just to be passed around like now.
Because I was watching some of his OTT clips on Monday night, in particular the Undertaker coffin incident and the Papa Shango 'goo' nonsense.
He was my favourite wrestler but I don't feel the same sense of loss as some others on here. Probably because I can't believe I actually spent so long watching that pantomime nonsense when I was young.
on our tvs looking relatively healthy.
He was my favourite as a kid growing up. I remember the Papa Shango thing and that scared the hell out of me as a kid.
It's a little the same for me with Macho Man, I really respected the hell out of him, but didn't get as attached. So, when he passed away I was more shocked than saddened. Strange, as if it was now, I know I would be a much bigger Macho Man fan than Ultimate Warrior.
he could barely shake the rope up and down. mental to think he's two years younger than me dad.
I didn't look at him and think 'jesus mate you aren't long for this world'
but i read a commentary on this monday's Raw before his death was announced and thought it was mental how someone younger than my dad was 'struggling to shake the ropes', and when watching the segment after i didn't think he looked well.
to push the new DVD of his. which obviously they will now sell a shed load more of.
...you would hope.
They'd get a share of the profits. But it was produced and marketed by the WWE, and they are not a charity...
because they're the ones that put the money into producing it. And it's not like
Warrior unlike most wrestlers actually made a good amount of money once he left wrestling by retaining the rights to his brand and becoming a successful artist where some of his paintings went for hundereds of thousands of dollars.
but this is worth a watch