Over the next 6 years both men came in an out of the WWF and eventually left for rival promtion, WCW. Hogan ebentually retirned to WWF, which by then was now WWE. Warrior just faded to black. He had some issues with WWE and depending on who you listen to, you can choose for yourself who to blame. Regardless, it would take 17 years before Warrior would be featured in a positive light on WWE television again. That moment came earlier this month during Wrestlemania weekend. Warrior was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He attended Wrestlemania on April 6th. He appeared on Monday Night Raw on April 7th and died, April 8th. Much as he did when he wrestled, he also left an impression in his death.
As I watched the news roll I. And listened to all of the stories, I found a few positives to take from MN this situation. Stay true ebb to who you are, bury all grudges and let others define your legacy. Warrior's 17 absence from the company that made him a superstar hurt both parties, but ultimately both sides grew up and reconciled their differences. Both sides put pride aside in the end, but Warrior stood by his beliefs even when WWE tried to defame his character and him as a person. A lesser man would not be able to do that.
By returning to the company at Wrestlemania Warrior was also able to bury a few grudges that he has had with a few Web individuals over the years. Some that go nack so far that TV you dont even remember what the feud was about. Considering what happened, I am sure those guys were happy to get those weights lifted off of their shoulders. Likemy old pastor used to say, "its better to give someone their flowers while theycan smell them". Nobody hears you when you say "I love you" or "Im sorry" while they are laying in a coffin.
The last lesson might habe been the most the most poignant. During his last televisio appearance,MN less tham 24 hours before he did, Warrior made the following statement:
"Every man's heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breathe their last breath; and dB if what thay man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, than something larfer 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 , ake the running the man did last forever.
The message I received from that was simple, if you do something with your life that touches the life of someone elseyou will live forever. Be great and you wont have to worry about your legacy. People will talk about you forever. It was almost as if he knew he was dying and writing his own obituary. Moments like that arent scripted, but that speech will live with me forever. So will my memories of the Ultimate Warrior.