The Ultimate Warrior (RIP) | Belated Memoriam
This is a style post.
I remember back when WCW was the acronym for nothing other than World Championship Wrestling. When I was preschool-aged, back when my parents were still married, my dad would come home from his late shift at work, turn on the TV, and invite me to watch wrestling with him. My mom hated that, which is why he did it of course (they're divorced, tee-hee-hee!). I loved spending this time with him though, and I loooooooooved The Ultimate Warrior. He was my favorite of them all.
I think it was the fringe on his arms and boots. It was so colorful, and I loved bright colors. Also, his makeup was really interesting! I didn't care who he was up against, this 4 year old black girl rooted for him always. And it wasn't just his getup that defined his style, it was also his commitment to performance.
You know how we love The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) as a film star? I sincerely believe that his days as a wrestler was where he got the training he needed to become that. Televised wrestling is about characters, stories, improv, monologues, and total commitment to performance, and I swear that no wrestler ever did it better than The Ultimate Warrior, and no wrestler ever will. He used all of these elements to create a unique and classic style, one that I think of whenever someone mentions professional wrestling around me. Sorrynotsorry Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan.
He was a political conservative and homophobe (boo), but I appreciate everything else he stood for in his "real life" - having integrity, being an adult, holding yourself to a higher standard. These are values that I commit myself to everyday. I know it doesn't make sense on the face of it, but I love this dude.
This year, James Brian Hellwig was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Three days later, on April 8 2014, he had a heart attack and died. I just want to take a moment on the internet and say to Mr. Warrior, thank you for the memories!
And now, I leave you with this: