Before I get to the note from the Ultimate Warrior's widow Dana I have a couple thoughts of my own...

 

Last week was a strange week for the professional wrestler known as The Ultimate Warrior.  On Saturday April 5th he was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame... this was after years of misunderstandings and estrangement between the man and the company... things were patched up, fences were mended, and the man formerly know as James Hellwig was being honored (he had legally changed his name to Warrior years ago).  It was great to see him again on TV, and I enjoyed watching his induction.  Here's a small piece...

 

 

The following night he appeared at Wrestlemania with the rest of this years Hall Of Fame Class, and then appeared again on Monday Night Raw on April 7th.  It looked like after years of problem he was finally happy again... 

 

 

The day after that emotional return The Ultimate Warrior died of a massive heart attack, which shocked and saddened everyone that had just been seeing him the past few days.

 

To be honest with you, when The Ultimate Warrior was (along with Hulk Hogan) the biggest star in wrestling I wasn't really a fan of his... my favorite wrestlers were the smaller, more athletic, acrobatic, high flying style of grapplers.  Or the ones whose characters were more "realistic" (if that's possible in the world of professional wrestling).  Now that he's gone I feel like part of my childhood (or to be honest, my young adulthood) has ended.  I remember him way better than I do most of the guys I like 25 years ago. 

 

That's a long way of pointing you towards this letter written by the Warrior's widow Dana, which really touched me.  Please go read it HERE if you're even just a little bit of a wrestling fan.

 

Here's part of my favorite match of his... his champion ship win over Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI at the Skydome in Toronto.