Warrior (that’s his legal name, folks he had it changed) was born James Brian Hellwig on June 16, 1959) can be seen as many things, and a number of them are teachable moments. On Monday night, at his final public appearance at Monday Night Raw, he said, almost prophetically, “Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers — by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.” In that vein, let’s consider life lessons from Warrior:
Time heals all wounds
It took 18 years, following a series of moments where he was incredibly difficult to work with, but Warrior found his way back to the WWE spotlight. Inducted on Saturday night to the WWE Hall of Fame, Warrior had declared this was only the start of a new chapter of his time with the company. He told the WWE Universe, those watching in person and at home via the WWE Network, that he signed a multi-year deal to become a WWE ambassador. For this to be possible after reportedly being fired for playing a game of contractual chicken with the company is a sign that if you wait long enough, forgiveness is possible. Especially in business.
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Wait for a new boss
With newly placed COO, and McMahon-in-Law Paul Leveque (better known to WWE fans as Triple H) having ascended into a position on par with Vince McMahon himself, It was all the more possible for a new working relationship to be possible. In his Hall of Fame speech, Warrior thanked Paul for all of his efforts and actions in making this new deal happen. When a new boss comes into power, there’s always an opportunity to see if they disagreed with some ways the old regime worked.
Tell people how you feel while you still can
Tragically, it was barely 24 hours after Raw went off the air when news broke of Warrior’s death. He went out on a high note, with the (comparatively) graceful speeches he gave at both Raw and the Hall of Fame. If it hadn’t been for the opportunity and the mended bridges, the circumstances surrounding how we handle his passing may not have been as kind.
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Tune out the morons
During the tail end of his Hall of Fame Speech, you could hear some fans chanting “SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT!” from the nosebleed seats. They were not asking Warrior to go postal, though, because “shoot” is wrestling industry speak for going off script, particularly to air real life grievances. Thankfully, Warrior ignored the wails of the peanut gallery, and continued to finish his speech.
Run, run, run, run as fast as you can
In all of the video packages for Warrior, he will always be seen as the tasseled and painted giant running at full speed to the ring. Some questioned this style, wondering why he would risk getting gassed before he got to the ring. In the end, Warrior got the last laugh, as his energetic ring routine was emblematic of a man who saw to give it his all, all of the time.
In his own words, “I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans, and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.” Especially if we keep these morals in mind.
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