I woke up around midnight tossing and turning. I couldn’t fall back asleep, so naturally, I went on Facebook. My friend, Charles posted a comment on my photo with Ultimate Warrior: “:( RIP Warrior”. I thought he was full of shit, but I decided to look into this bit of news.
My heart feels as if it has shattered into a million little pieces. My eyes continue to tear up as I type this entry. Typically, I would wait until I’m wide awake, however, a man of your status deserves an immediate tribute.
For most of my life, I have been an avid fan of wrestling (WWE, mostly). I remember watching Macho Man, Jake The Snake, Big Boss Man, The Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, and my personal favorite, Ultimate Warrior. I loved his flamboyant persona and costumes. How could you NOT?!
In August 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Ultimate Warrior at PAX Prime. It was my first time meeting a WWE superstar, but this was different…you were a legend. I remember walking up to you with a huge smile, sweaty palms, and I completely lost my train of thought. We conversed for two minutes, laughed hard, smiled, you kissed my forehead and squeezed me rather tightly (I couldn’t breathe, but it was okay). I was thrilled to have you in my life. I was thrilled to have such a rare opportunity. I was thrilled for all those little moments of inspiration which coursed through my body at that time.
I am so very proud of your career accomplishments, but I am more proud with the way you pushed all drama regarding WWE aside. This example of maturity and grace opened many doors for you including WWE 2K14 ambassador, a spot in the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame, and more importantly, a younger following of fans that aspired to be as crazy and carefree.
I will always cherish our conversation, laughter, hug, and kiss. Thank you for changing my life and inspiring me endlessly. I love you, friend. May you rest easy. “Always believe.”