WWE RAW opened up RAW with a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior that will bring chills to even the most hardened of wrestling fans. The WWE are going to make sure that while the Warrior may be gone, he’ll never be forgotten.
The WWE Universe continues to mourn the untimely passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Vince McMahon and the company have done more to pay tribute to Jim Hellwig than any other wrestler that I can remember who has passed away since Vince took over the company. The RAW tribute was only a piece of a two week tribute ongoing in the WWE.
[adinserter block=”1″]The WWE Network begun devoting programming to memorialize the Warrior the day of his passing. Warrior’s career highlight, beating Hulk Hogan for the WWE championship at WrestleMania 6 has been replayed several times in recent days. The WWE Network will continue its tribute presenting a four-part special on the Warrior throughout the week.
I have to say that the treatment and honor that Vince is paying the Warrior is nothing short of bizarre. I don’t know if it is Vince getting older or just timing but there is obviously a deep personal connection here he had with the Warrior. I say this is all bizarre because the two spent more time fighting with one another in and out of court over the last 20 years than Warrior actually spent wrestling in the WWE. Vince has shown more class here than he ever has which is just downright strange considering the turbulent history they both had.
If there is one negative that I will bring up with all of these tributes it is that Randy Savage deserved the same or better. Savage had a brief tribute on RAW after he passed away. It’s ironic if you think about it as Savage passed just as he started getting back into the spotlight with WWE gaming ads. The relationship with the WWE didn’t blossom the way Warrior’s return did but most expected that it wind up that way at some point. It’s certainly debatable but over the long haul I think Savage was a much bigger star and had a better run in the WWE than Warrior yet received nothing more than a polite mention. He deserved the same if not better.
That said, take a few minutes out of your day to watch this fantastic tribute to the fallen Hall of Famer. It’s one of the best tributes you will ever see on WWE television.