Ultimate Warrior died yesterday at the age of 54. According to reports, he collapsed in Arizona and was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. This has come as a shock, not just because death is always that way, but because he just made multiple appearances for WWE over the past couple days.
Thankfully, there are videos available showcasing the speech he gave at his WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony and his appearance on Monday Night Raw, which would turn out to be his last one.
His words, as always, were inspirational.
Above is a clip from his Hall of Fame speech (for those who have a WWE Network subscription, you can watch the full speech by clicking here). He said:
"I am Warrior. That is my name. I am the creator and performer of the Ultimate Warrior, the one and only Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. Ultimate Warrior is a legend and Ultimate Warrior fans, you are legendary. You waited all these years to speak your voice. You fought, I saw you fight over the years. I saw you fight back at all the anonymous ones who put forward all the lies and the mischaracterizations. They tried to reprogram your minds, rewrite history about a wonderful, exciting, fun memory of the Ultimate Warrior. And you fought back and I'm here tonight because of you."
And below is his appearance on Monday Night Raw:
"No WWE talent becomes a legend of their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his liffe makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back, I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits, and you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. Ultimate. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever."
Rest in peace, Warrior. Thank you for all the inspiration.