The WWE and its fans bid adieu to the Ultimate Warrior


Warrior, who legally changed his name from James Hellwig, shakes the ropes one last time in front of WWE fans on Monday. (David Grunfeld/NOLA.com)

Many WWE fans woke up to terrible news Wednesday when they learned the Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars in the late ’80s and early ’90s, had died Tuesday night. The 54-year-old and his over-the-top persona will be missed.

“Hope he’s up there shaking the ropes right now.” — @BookerT5x, the Twitter handle of WWE superstar and commentator Booker T. Huffman, references the in-ring antics of one of the biggest pro-wrestling superstars of all time, Ultimate Warrior, after hearing about his untimely death. Warrior died just days after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and appeared at both WrestleMania and Monday Night Raw.

Here’s a few reasons why Warrior was great:

And one of Blog Log’s personal favorites:

On to other Blog Log items:

“He also got to ride in something that looks like a Lamborghini. Not bad.” — commenter Shawn Lewis at sfist.com chronicles the latest adventure of Batkid, aka Miles Scott, the Northern California boy with leukemia who got to “save” San Francisco last November thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Tuesday, Batkid got one more wish — he threw out the opening pitch at a San Francisco Giants’ home game. He arrived on the field in a Lamborghini.

“My cat treats me like property, I serve her whims. If only I could get her to read this article might she treat me as an equal.” — commenter Forensic_Scuba at wired.com reacts jokingly to a serious article about whether pets should be considered property or be granted “personhood.” The latter would grant pets basic human rights under the law. “Citizen Canine” author David Grimm suggests a category in-between — “living property.” This would grant pets some rights under the law, but not necessarily constitutional or inalienable rights.

“Do you have a favorite chair in your home? Consider cursing it after you die so no one else can sit on it without dying.” — Rob Bricken at io9.com describes what a man named Thomas Busby did in 1702 before he was executed for strangling his father-in-law for sitting in his chair. Apparently the curse stuck. Urban legend says 63 people died unexpectedly after resting their haunches in the chair, which today hangs from the ceiling of the Thirsk Museum in North Yorkshire, England.

“Nothing says ‘our wedding is union based on mutual trust and respect’ than slo-mo sauntering through a smokey club filled with gyrating hotties.” — Rebecca Rose at jezebel.com watches what she calls an insane “Save the Date” video. Made by a soon-to-be power couple composed of two San Francisco attorneys, the video, which features helicopters and flashy cars, looks more like a trailer for a Kim and Kanye biopic than a wedding announcement.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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