According to Triple H and WWE.com, recent Class of 2014 WWE Hall of Famer, The Ulimate Warrior has passed away today, Tuesday April 8th, just one day after his appearance on Monday Night Raw and three days after his Hall of Fame induction.
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters
Shock. Sadness. Surprise. I don’t know what to say about this. In his speech last night, Warrior ominously talked about lastly legacies as well a death and immortality. This speech, done in Warrior’s character as well as his induction last weekend will forever serve as the epilogue to a bizarre and extremely memorable character and persona.
April 5th 2014 will go down in the lore of professional wrestling as one of the most important moments in the history of professional wrestling. It is the day when the Undertaker, a man who has cemented himself as the real Mr. Wrestlemania, was finally defeated at that event. The streak is dead.
Undertaker’s loss can be interrupted as many things. It is a changing of the guard, an ending of the old and most likely, the end of the career of the deadman. The initial shock aside, Taker is one of the last examples of an old school wrestler. He will always do the right thing and just as Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair before him, Taker appears to have gone out on a losing effort (one only wishes the build up and story was better or more about the passage of time and its effect on the Undertaker) The Undertaker tonight looked like a shell of his former self, he was skinny, out of shape and appeared to be struggling in the match.
Reality appears to have set in for the Undertaker and I wouldn’t be surprised if this match is the last for the dead man. Taker seems to have gone out with a whimper, but that surprise builds in the fans watching the feeling that truly anything can happen in the WWE. Taker did the right thing.
This could very well mean that next year, we have our headliner. It is obvious that Undertaker would be a first year pick for whatever Class following his retirement. IF he is retired, expect the Undertaker to headline and be a major factor in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015. It will be a welcome chance to see the man behind the Undertaker, a man named Mark Calloway who so loves this business that he has given years to it, more than perhaps he even needed to.
One last point. If you look at the WWE’s website and look at the Undertaker’s profile, there is a not so subtle hint that Taker is on his way to the Hall of Fame.