That's a headline I didn't expect to write. The relationship between World Wrestling Entertainment and former WWE Champion The Ultimate Warrior has been tumultuous at times.
Remember "The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior" DVD that WWE released in 2005?
It was not flattering. Some of the matches on there were good (like WrestleMania 7 vs. Randy Savage), but if you watched the commentary part of it you would know that they were making fun of Warrior for the majority of it. Over the years there were stories online of fans trying to get Warrior to sign that DVD when he did appearances only for him to refuse. Can you blame him for being angry about it? I can't.
As they always say, though, time heals all wounds. Last week WWE announced that the Ultimate Warrior would be a part of the WWE 2K14 video game. Here's the awesome video if you missed it.
It's a big deal because Warrior hasn't done a lot of business with WWE since he left the company 17 years ago.
Last Thursday, July 18, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon sent out a tweet where he personally welcomed The Ultimate Warrior back to WWE.
Late on Monday night, The Ultimate Warrior tweeted a reply to McMahon. He used the TwitLonger program to send a longer message out. Here it is.
Vince, thank you for your personal welcome back to the WWE Universe. It is noted and appreciated. All the Warriors of Parts Unknown take pride in being one of the original galaxies of the Universe you created. Not one of my days has passed without a flashback to my time in the business and my relationship with you. After 17 years of battling one another, perhaps the stars have finally aligned and Destiny is prepared to tell one of Sports Entertainment's greatest stories: how two of the industry's most determined, colorful, intense and explosive personalities brought to life a persona that made such an inspiring impression that it still captures the hearts and minds of fans all over the world, even all these years later. I am proud Ultimate Warrior is an iconic, immortal spirit in the Universe you created. I know, Vince McMahon, you are proud, too. The inhabitants of your WWE Universe believe your personal welcome is an invitation of sorts. If so, consider this my RSVP with one condition. Wisdom takes a seat at the table with us when we meet, but we each also leave unburied a slight edge of the hatchet we've carried over the years that other gutless and heartless God-fearing men urge us to lay to rest forever. Face it, neither one of us were ever any good at being bored or boring others. So coming prepared to kill one another makes for a interesting backup plan. Always Believe, Warrior
As always, Warrior used some interesting words and phrases in there. If you can sort through all of his unique language you can see that he's likely open to future projects with WWE.
Of course now that he's in the video game and thanking Vince McMahon, the question is will he be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame? It might happen. Apparently he was asked to be inducted in 2010 and turned it down. I think he'd be more open to it now.
I've always been one of those guys that questions the WWE Hall of Fame because it's not always about credentials and it's pretty easy to get in there (Koko B. Ware?), but I think for a guy like Warrior it would be a big deal. He was one of the biggest stars in WWE's initial boom period in the late 1980s/early 1990s. He would be a big name as a headline act at WrestleMania 30 next year.
Do I think Ultimate Warrior will be in the next WWE Hall of Fame class? Yeah. I do. It's something to keep an eye on, that's for sure.
IN OTHER NEWS
- TNA Wrestling released promising young wrestler Jesse Sorensen, who broke his neck in a TNA match in early 2012. Apparently Jesse was told by Dixie Carter that he would have a job with TNA for the rest of his life, but obviously that didn't happen. He has set up a GoFundMe account where he wrote this message:
"My name is Jessy Sorensen(Jesse Sorensen) I am a former professional wrestler for TNA Impact Wrestling seen every thursday night on SpikeTV. On Feb.12th 2012 during a live match on pay per view vs Zema Ion I suffered a sever neck injury sustaining a broke C-1 vertebrae & herniated C-5 & C-6. After a long recovery process & being promised by the President of TNA Impact Wrestling TNA Dixie Carter I would always have a job with her company, I recently was released from my current contract & shown that those promises were false. During my time away from the ring I decided to pursue bodybuilding & have been prepping for the Hurricane Bay bodybuilding show in Tampa, FL on Oct.5th,2013 but now due to my recent released I will have to drop out of my show. A friend of mine told me about this site and if anyone would like to help and contribute I would be so grateful and appreciate any donations. Thanks and hopefully I can find something I love just as much as I did Wrestling."
The amount of money he's looking for? $600. It doesn't seem like a lot. In fact, as I write this he's already hit $625 so he reached the goal.
The firing of Sorensen has predictably caused a lot of people to question exactly what TNA is doing because they are losing talent all over the place and people in the front office are being removed too.
If Sorensen is telling the truth (I believe that he is) when he says that Dixie Carter told him that he'd have a job with TNA for life and she ended up firing him a year after his accident then it shows she's a heartless woman who likely will lose the trust of the people that work for her. The other side of it is if the guy can't wrestle and they were paying him a lot to work in production then it's just a business move by them. Still, it comes off as classless and has made me lose a lot of respect for Dixie. I'm sure she's a nice woman. I'm not sure she's smart as a business woman or as somebody that should be running a wrestling company.
If you need to kill some time at work or if you're just bored, search @TNADixie on Twitter to see all the critical tweets that Dixie is dealing with. Frankly, I think a lot of it is deserved. It's not like this is the first wrestling company that has done a heartless thing. WWE certainly has too although they've done a lot of good as well like paying for rehab for former employees. I'm just saying this one feels particularly cruel considering what Dixie told Jesse.
- The great Steve Austin was on Afterbuzz TV talking about some WWE, Redneck Island and more. There's a video and comments that can be found here.
Austin's always been one of my favorite wrestlers and I love that he's expanding his horizons with his podcast especially. I've never seen the reality show (I'm not a "reality show" guy), but his podcasts are hilarious. Check out the Steve Austin Show page for more info.
- Lastly, here's last night's edition of TJRWrestling Radio. It was 90 minutes of WWE talk with Arda Ocal of the Baltimore Sun and Layfield Report joining us.
I'll wrap it up there.