Ultimate Warrior’s WWE Hall of Fame Induction, Take It Or Leave It?

ultimate_warriorThe RCWR Show‘s Lee Sanders recently talked about the Ultimate Warrior’s WWE Hall of Fame induction coming up in April. Here’s the transcript:

THE MONTH OF JANUARY CONTINUES TO BE A STRONG ONE FOR WWE AS ON TOP OF THE NEWS OF THEIR WWE NETWORK LAUNCHING FEB. 24TH AT 11:05PM ET AFTER A NEW MONDAY NIGHT RAW, WE ALL FOUND OUT THIS WEEK WHO WILL BE THE 1ST INDUCTEE INTO THE 2014 HALL OF FAME AND IT’S NONE OTHER THAN THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!

THAT’S RIGHT ULTIMATE WARRIOR WILL BE HALL OF FAME BOUND COME THE NIGHT OF APRIL 5, 2014 AT THE NEW ORLEANS ARENA JUST ONE NIGHT BEFORE WRESTLEMANIA 30. VETERAN WRESTLING FANS SUCH AS MYSELF WERE IN SHOCK AND EUPHORIA SEEING & HEARING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WARRIOR COMING BACK TO THE WWE FOR THE INDUCTION. IT’S THE 1ST TIME IN 18 YEARS THAT ULTIMATE WARRIOR IS RETURNING TO THE WWE. FOR ME TO SEE HIM COME HOME AND TAKE HIS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE HALL OF FAME IS A DREAM COME TRUE. THERE ARE STILL PLENTY OF FOLKS THAT HANDS DOWN DESERVE TO GO INTO THE WWE HOF THAT HAVE YET TO GO IN BUT THAT’S A COMPLETELY DIFFRENT TOPIC. WWE DID RIGHT WITH ULTIMATE WARRIOR RIGHT HERE. AND TO THINK LAST YEAR WAS BRUNO SAMMARTINO WHO WE THOUGHT WOULD NEVER, EVER HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE COMPANY. AND YET HE GOT INDUCTED. NOW WE’RE ON TO ULTIMATE WARRIOR AND FOLKS IT JUST PROVES WHAT THE MCMAHONS HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS WHICH IS ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE WWE.

DURING HIS WWE CAREER ULTIMATE WARRIOR DIDN’T ACCOMPLISH MUCH, 2-TIME I.C CHAMPION, 1X WWF CHAMPION BUT HE CREATED SO GAVE FANS SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES WITH HIS FACE PAINT, RUNNING DOWN TO THE AIR FIST PUMPING IN THE AIR, SHAKING THE ROPES LIKE A MAD MANIAC, AND THE PROMOS! MY GOD THE ENDLESS PROMOS THIS MAN GAVE US THAT WAS SO BIZARRE, FUNNY AND JUST AWE INSPIRING. “AND WHEN I GET BIG ENOUGH BROTHER, THERE AIN’T GONNA BE ROOM FOR ANYBODY ELSE BUT ME AND ALL THE WARRIORS FLOATING THROUGH THE VEINS AND POWER OF THE WARRIOR!CLASSIC FREAKING PROMOS MAN!THIS MAN’S FIRST RUN IN THE WWF WAS VERY MEMORABLE AS HE WAS RIGHT UP THERE WITH HULK HOGAN. HELL HE WAS SO BIG THAT VINCE MCMAHON HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO GO WITH WARRIOR AS THE MAN AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY HOGAN DROPPED THE WWF TITLE TO HIM AT WRESTLEMANIA VI AS IT WAS THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE MATCH THAT SAW THE I.C AND WWF TITLE ON THE LINE. TO THIS DAY NO ONE HAS COME CLOSE TO THE BAR THAT ULTIMATE WARRIOR SET AS HE’S THE ONLY MAN TO HAVE HELD THE I.C AND WWF/E TITLE AT THE SAME TIME.

THIS MAN SOLD MERCHANDISE EVERYWHERE HE WENT AND WAS A FAN FAVORITE AMONG MANY AT THE TIME. I STILL REMEMBER THE
WEIRD LOOKING PLUSH DOLL OF THE E ULTIMATE WARRIOR THAT WAS BEING PROMOTED HEAVILY ON TV FROM BACK IN THE DAY AND HOW EVERY TIME I SAW KIDS IN THE ARENA HOLDING ONE OF THOSE BAD BOYS I USE TO ALWAYS ASK MY PARENTS IF THEY COULD GET ME ONE. I’M SMILING JUST THINKING ABOUT THAT AND THE FEUD AGAINST HONKEY TONK MAN FOR THE I.C TITLE, RICK RUDE, TO MY PERSONAL FAVORITE, ULTIMATE WARRIOR LOCKED IN A COFFIN BY PAUL BEARER AND THE UNDERTAKER. YOU VETERAN FANS REMEMBER HOW ALL THE KIDS WERE CRYING WHEN THEY THOUGHT WARRIOR WAS DEAD? I DO AS I THOUGHT HE WAS AS OFFICIALS TRIED REVIVING HIM WITH CPR, FUCKING CLASSIC MAN.

ITS GREAT MEMORIES LIKE THAT THAT LAST A LIFE-TIME AND YEAH FOR ME PERSONALLY, I’VE GOT NO PROBLEM SEEING WARRIOR GOING IN. THERE’S BEEN A FEW TIMES OVER THE YEARS WHERE WARRIOR AND WWE CAME CLOSE TO MAKING THIS HAPPEN BUT AT THE LAST MINUTE WARRIOR BACKED OUT. SOME WONDER IF ULTIMATE WARRIOR IS GOING TO DO IT AGAIN BUT I DON’T SEE IT HAPPENING. AS MOST OF YOU SAW THEY’VE BEEN PUSHING HIM AGGRESSIVELY ON WWE PROGRAMMING TO THE POINT I’M FEELING VERY CONFIDENT HE’LL BE SHOWING UP.

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW THE SPEECH IS GOING TO BE AS IT’S ONE THAT’S GOING TO BE VERY EMOTIONAL. LOT OF FOLKS ARE WONDERING WHO WILL INDUCT HIM IN THE HALL OF FAME. WE’RE HEARING THAT IT COULD BE HULK HOGAN AND PERSONALLY I DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT. THESE TWO GUYS HAVE HAD A LONG CHECKERED HISTORY WITH ONE ANOTHER IN THE PRESS OVER THE YEARS THAT I JUST COULDN’T SINCERELY BUY A HULK HOGAN INDUCTING WARRIOR. SO WHO’S LEFT? PERSONALLY I’D LOVE TO SEE THE HONKEY
TONK MAN INDUCT ULTIMATE WARRIOR. THINK ABOUT IT FOLKS. HTM PUT WARRIOR OFFICIALLY ON THE MAP BY DROPPING THE I.C TITLE TO HIM IN LESS THAN 30 SECONDS AT SUMMERSLAM 88 AND KEEP IN MIND HE HAD ONE OF THE LONGEST I.C REIGNS IN THE COMPANY’S HISTORY, A RECORD STILL INTACT THIS VERY DAY. WE ALL REMEMBER HOW IMPORTANT THE I.C TITLE WAS BACK THEN AS IT WAS
TREATED WITH HIGH REGARD. YOU KNOW THAT WHOEVER YOU SAW WITH THE I.C TITLE WAS A LOCK TO BE THE NEXT GUY GUY IN THE COMPANY AND THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE THE WWF/E CHAMPION. A LOT OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT MATCHES BACK THEN HAD TO DO WITH THE I.C TITLE. I THINK HONKEY TONK MAN WOULD BE A GOOD CANDIDATE TO INDUCT HIM AS HE COULD GIVE FIRST HAND
EXPERIENCE FINDING OUT WEEKS INTO HIS & WARRIOR’S MATCH WHAT HIS MINDSET WAS TO BE WORKING WITH HIM, WHAT HE SAW IN WARRIOR, WHAT HE’D BECOME, HIS IMPACT, ETC IN THE COMPANY DURING THAT TIME, ETC.

OR YOU COULD GO THE VINCE MCMAHON ROUTE. I’M GOING WITH VINCE FOR THE POOR AND TASTELESS SELF DESTRUCTION OF THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR DVD THAT CAME OUT A FEW YEARS AGO THAT RESULTED IN WARRIOR SUING WWE FOR DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER, THEY SETTLED OUT IN COURT BUT SO MUCH DAMAGE WAS DONE AT THAT POINT THAT AT THE TIME IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WOULD BE NO POINT OF RECONCILE. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT NEVER SAW THAT DVD, DON’T. IF YOU’RE A WARRIOR FAN IT’LL PISS YOU
OFF. THAT WAS AND STILL IS THE ONE WWE DVD RELEASE WHERE THE COMPANY AKA VINCE CHOOSE TO MAKE FUN OUT OF ONE OF HIS
GREATEST STARS IN THE COMPANY. NO TELLING HOW MUCH MONEY WARRIOR WAS OFFERED FOR THIS HOF INDUCTION AS HE DOESN’T NEED IT AND I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT IT’S ABOUT. I THINK IT COMES DOWN TO HEALING OLD WOUNDS AND I’M SURE VINCE, WARRIOR HAD A SIT DOWN OR SOMETHING CLOSE TO IT TO SQUASH EVERYTHING BUT TO SEE MCMAHON PUBLICLY APOLOGIZE TO WARRIOR AT THE HOF AS HE INTRODUCES HIM TO THE WWE UNIVERSE ON THAT HALL OF FAME NIGHT, IT WOULD WIN A LOT FANS OVER, ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT DON’T LIKE VINCE, FEEL HE’S BEEN A CANCER TO THE BUSINESS YOU KNOW? IT VERY WELL COULD GET HIM SEEN IN A NEW LIGHT AND GET HIM A TON OF RESPECT FANS. ESPECIALLY VETERAN WRESTLING FANS.

ONLY TIME WILL TELL AS MORE INDUCTEES ARE TO BE ANNOUNCED BUT IT’S GOOD TO SEE WARRIOR GO IN. OF COURSE I’M HOPING THAT WITH THIS INDUCTION ALSO COMES FUTURE COLLABORATIONS AS I’D LOVE TO AN ULTIMATE WARRIOR APPRECIATION NIGHT, A BEST OF WCW VOLUME 3, 4, 5 WITH WARRIOR AND HULK HOGAN HOSTING EACH AND THEN COMING TOGETHER FOR ONE. IF, AND THIS IS A BIG IF THEY SQUASHED THE BEEF FROM YEARS PRIOR, I’D LOVE TO HEAR THE TRUTH ABOUT WHY EXACTLY WARRIOR WAS
BROUGHT INTO WCW AS WARRIOR WENT ON FOR YEARS AT CONVENTIONS, EVERYWHERE HE MET THE PUBLIC AND IN INTERVIEWS SAYING THAT HOGAN BROUGHT HIM IN JUST SO HE COULD JOB TO HIM FOR THE WRESTLEMANIA VI JOB. THAT DVD WOULD SELL BIG TIME IF YOU PAIR THEM UP WITH JIM ROSS AND ERIC BISCHOFF FOR A ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION ON A BONUS DISC, UNCENSORED AND UNCUT. BISCHOFF IS A FAT CHANCE RIGHT NOW CAUSE HE’S STILL UNDER CONTRACT TO TNA WRESTLING BUT IT WOULDN’T SURPRISE ME TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN DOWN THE ROAD.

FOR THOSE WONDERING WILL WE EVER SEE WARRIOR WRESTLE? LAST I SAW WARRIOR WRESTLE WAS IN 2008 AND IT WAS VERY HEART-BREAKING TO WATCH BECAUSE OF THE CROWD REACTION. I THOUGHT THE B-MORE CROWD WAS BAD FROM OLD SCHOOL RAW A FEW WEEKS BACK, BARCELONA’S IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THEM AS THAT BARCELONA CROWD WAS ATROCIOUS! HE CAN STILL THROW IT DOWN BUT THAT WAS 2008, WE’RE TALKING SIX YEARS LATER. PHYSICALLY HE LOOKS PHENOMENAL BUT I IN-RING WISE I THINK HE’S DONE. STILL 54 YEARS OLD ISN’T THAT OLD AND I’M JUST GOING TO PUT SOMETHING OUT THERE FOR YOU ALL TO CONSIDER. DON’T BE SURPRISED IF COME WRESTLEMANIA 31 OR 32 WE END UP HEARING ULTIMATE WARRIOR VS VINCE MCMAHON IN A STREET FIGHT. VINCE HAS ONE MORE GOOD MATCH IN HIM AND I THINK IF EXECUTED RIGHT STORYLINE WISE IT COULD BE ONE MANY FANS COULD SINK THEIR TEETH INTO. IDK BOUT YOU BUT VINCE MCMAHON VS BRET “HITMAN” HART AT WRESTLEMANIA 26 SHOULDN’T BE VINCE’S LAST WM MATCH DUE TO HOW LIMITED BRET WAS IN THAT MATCH AS VINCE MOSTLY CARRIED THAT MATCH. VINCE AND ULTIMATE WARRIOR WOULD WORK VERY WELL TOGETHER AS BOTH HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB STAYING HEALTHY OVER THE YEARS AND INJURY FREE.

SOME OF YOU MAY THINK I’M CRAZY WITH THAT IDEA BUT AS I MENTIONED EARLIER ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE WWE. I’M TAKING THIS ULTIMATE WARRIOR INDUCTION AS IT’S LONG OVERDUE BUT SO IS GUYS LIKE MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE, DEMOLITION, THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS WITH JIM CORNETTE AND MANY OTHERS THAT’S JUST TOO LONG TO NAME AND IS A TOPIC FOR ANOTHER TIME. HERE’S HOPING THAT WITH THIS INDUCTION, WARRIOR AND WWE CAN MOVE ON IN A MORE POSITIVE AND PROSPEROUS DIRECTION.

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