I made $100 off of Cesaro winning the Battle Royal.
From his POV, Taker lost to a UFC, NCAA & WWE World Champion. He wanted to lose to a legit guy with legit credentials.
That said, from a WRESTLING perspective, they didn't build Brock right as the most challenging threat to end the streak, he's been booked weakly, the belief wasn't there that he could end it(zero heat for that first and even second F5) and c'mon, he's not a full-timer who can actually use the rub. If they were gonna do this, totally the wrong guy.
RVD, Rusev may destroy somebody, start to build The Shield vs. Evolution angle.....MAYBE Sting, but that's a huge maybe...
Just three days after being inducted into the company's Hall of Fame, iconic WWE superstar Ultimate Warrior died Tuesday of unknown causes.
He was 54.
While circumstances surrounding the situation are still under investigation, WWE wrestler and executive Triple H broke the news of his passing:
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014
TMZ added that, according to officials, "Warrior collapsed outside an Arizona hotel at 5:50 PM on April 8th while walking to his car with his wife. Warrior was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead."
Warrior's death comes as a shock to many who saw him seemingly in full health on WWE programming the past few days. He was a 2014 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, appeared at Wrestlemania 30 and was on the latest edition of Monday Night Raw in character.
"We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans," a WWE release read. "WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans."
Numerous WWE colleagues also sent out their condolences via social media:
#RIPUltimateWarrior Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family.— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 9, 2014
Sad to pass along the news that the Ultimate Warrior has died. Condolences to his wife & two, young daughters.— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 9, 2014
Born James Brian Hellwig, Warrior was among the most memorable and long-lasting characters in WWE history. With long, feathered hair, distinctive face paint designs that matched his trunks and an energetic, frenetic demeanor, Warrior was always destined to stand out. But it was the constant energy, unforgettable backstage shoots and classic rivalry with Hulk Hogan that helped keep him in the minds of wrestling fans to this day.
Warrior was the type of performer that, no matter what he did, gave everything—and then some. There are numerous compilations of old Warrior promos sprinkled across the Internet, his intensity never wavering and his decibels of emotion fluctuating from a barely audible whisper to an enraged shout. His ring entrances were also among the most lauded in the sport's history, with Warrior scampering to the ring full sprint before violently shaking the ropes on all four sides.
“The Ultimate Warrior is a legend…Ultimate Warrior fans are legendary,” Warrior said in his acceptance speech (via Brian Fritz of the Orlando Sentinel). "He was appreciative of his time in the ring, saying he was glad he got to 'experience the magic.' The Ultimate Warrior didn’t give me what I needed to make a match work, it gave me what I needed to make life worth.”
Of course, Warrior was far more than just a memorable character. He was also a wildly accomplished in-ring performer. He held the Intercontinental championship multiple times and then defeated Hogan at Wrestlemania VI to capture his first WWE (then WWF) championship in 1990.
Like many characters of his ilk, though, Warrior's time in the spotlight was only outshined by the notability of his departure. Warrior left and came back to WWE programming at different stages in the early 1990s, with bad blood festering for years beyond his last hurrah with the company in 1996.
Although Warrior would join WCW for a short period, his career as a wrestler was effectively over. He rebranded himself as a public speaker, earning a living by capitalizing on the intensity of his past Warrior promos—just without the makeup.
With years having passed since they had severed ties, the feud between WWE and Warrior soon began to thaw. His induction into the Hall of Fame was seen by many as a reintegration of Warrior—a classic character despite his short run—into the wrestling world. Monday's promo in many ways indicated that he still had it, with the New Orleans crowd feeding off his every word.
Warrior is survived by his wife, Dana, and two daughters.
Sad to hear that news today. I was a huge fan in the late 80's early 90's when UW was one of the biggest superstars. Will never forget his destruction of the Honkey Tonk Man, his match with Hogan, or his feud with Savage.
This is eerie.
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