It was less than two weeks ago that I gave my boys some wrestling figures, one of which was The Ultimate Warrior. I was explaining to them that when I was a kid, The Ultimate Warrior was one of the, then WWF’s, top wrestlers. And that my grandma took me to Market Square Arena for a “WWF House Show” on April 2, 1990, during which Dusty Rhodes defeated “Macho Man” Randy Savage by count out, and during the WWF Intercontinental Title Steel Cage Match, The Ultimate Warrior defeated Dino Bravo.
Fast forward to May 20, 2011, and Randy Savage was dead at age 58 from a heart attack.
Fast forward three more years, to yesterday, April 8, 2014, and The Ultimate Warrior was dead at the age of 54, just a day after this speech aired on TV:
Things like this don’t really surprise me anymore, especially due to the manner in which many of these men get so muscular, but it does make me a little sad to see another part of my childhood buried away with the ages.
On a brighter note, and to add some Indiana trivia, The Ultimate Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and also attended Indiana State University for a year. His eldest daughter is named, Indiana Marin “Indy” Warrior.