First off, I woke up with the song “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica in my head… 🎼Maybe I’ll hear it later?
Oh, April~~~ you are here already. It’s that time of year again but TODAY on the actual anniversary, I will be watching Ultimate Warrior’s WWE HOF induction speech of 2014. April 5 fell on a Wednesday before but now I can watch his speech entirely from the “Always Believe” DVD. Happy 33 to WrestleMania 6 on the 1st as well. It’s also time for some more math as dates come into my memory to remember. Wrestlemania 39 has come and gone (oh my!) but my earliest Ultimate Warrior date is March 24, 1991 which was WrestleMania 7. These 3 weeks leading up to April 14 can become quite emotional. The earliest WrestleMania ever was March 17. That one was WrestleMania X8 back in 2002 which took place in Toronto. Both Warrior and I had something significant that year personally. They hadn’t been in Toronto since 1990 for WrestleMania 6. Ultimate Warrior’s last WrestleMania was 12 which was 6 years before X8 in Toronto. Our favorite number has a connector yet again! U. W. was part of 6 WrestleMania’s too. Oh, and Hogan lost both times in Toronto. Sorry, not sorry. 🤭
You might be confused as to why I mentioned April 14. Yeah, I know. That date marked the RAW tribute to Warrior and another story that’s been told here before. That’s why I said 3 weeks. OK, so we also just had the BIG 35 for WM 4, 34 for WM 5, 32 for WM 7, 31 for WM 8 ( which is TODAY!) and 27 for WM 12. Of course, I mentioned 33 for 6 above. There ya go, all of U.W’s WM anniversaries. It will be 9 years for him in a few days since returning to “parts unknown.” How are we almost to double digits? Believe it or not, I start thinking about this time of year in January. Probably because of the new year starting but there it is creeping up slowly. If I hadn’t gotten my own personal connections with these dates, it might not affect me as much.
April 5 is huge for both of us as we have these 3 counts. Mine were 2014 (basketball game on Warrior’s night,) 2016 ( signs falling,) and 2018 (first book event.) All even years and today also marks the first oracle card deck I received on the day of the book event. It was a beautiful three card spread with perfect messages that day. 9, 7, and 5 years today. Warrior also has a 3 count but in the past I only listed 2. April 5, 1992 was WM 8 (in Indiana!) and of course 2014 with his HOF speech. Another got overlooked but I really didn’t have that date memorized. April 5, 2005 was his “infamous” UCONN speech. Not his finest moment, but it is what it is. His dates don’t lineup like mine in a way but there they are always in memory. This blog turned 6.5 yesterday on the 4th and my book “Spirit and Belief” also turns 5.5 on the 7th. I never plan these dates, really I don’t.
That brings me to a mention of the HOF. I still believe some of the enhancement talent or “jobbers” as they were called back then should be inducted. Steve Lombardi comes to mind as he had such a prolific career with the WWE for many years and portrayed many characters. He deserves that honor for sure, as do some others. Referees should be in there too but how great that Tim White is the Warrior Award recipient this year. Why has it taken so long to allow these different performers to be included? It shouldn’t take a life-changing event or anything similar to move in a new direction. Fans deserve this recognition too, for they are part of our history just like that of WWE’s. The Hebner twins should be part of a future class as well. These are just my opinions of course but am convinced many others feel the same. I realize there are conditions that need to be met and they can only induct a certain amount each year but still…
The last thing I will mention here are my thoughts on just a few of the WM 39 results. Yes, the fans wanted Cody to get the titles from Roman. Most are incredibly shocked. I too thought that would happen. I also thought Asuka would prevail over Bianca. My friend brought up an interesting point and it’s one I can see from a business perspective. Perhaps with the sale of WWE to Endeavor,🥸😬 they wanted to go into that with their current champs. I can also see the opposite too with new champs, new sale and starting fresh but maybe WWE feels like they need more “staying power” in a way with keeping those titles on Roman and Bianca. Just my point of view of course but that could be their mindset on all this. SummerSlam is going to be 35 this year so maybe by that time, things will change. We shall see. Roman is close to 1000 days so that is another factor.
Well, that’s enough of that. This date of April 5 will come and go just like it always does but I will have it along with many others in my memory, stored for eternity. These several weeks bring up so much for me in ways undescribable at times but as a warrior, I continue on like we all should. Another sidenote here is this: Warrior’s last WM was 30, he’s been gone 9 years, so 30+9 = 39. This year’s WM. Yes, I know~~~ me and these numbers. It fits though…
Thank you Warrior for all these dates because there is no filter through them. I have mine too. This is always such a busy time as I contemplate my personal moments to ponder. I will never forget any but know I am stronger than the past. Warrior in parts unknown? No, not really. He is here every day bringing his Warrior wisdom and guidance. I will always believe.￼ 🙏🏻💪🏻
P.S. I will continue my annual tradition of lighting a 🕯️ around when he passed on the 8th.. I also got a bottle of 🍷 which I rarely do anymore. I toast him and celebrate the wonderful life he had!
P.P.S. I am hosting Easter this year in a few days which is the 9th… That is when I found out he passed. I also hosted that year. Those stories have been written but everyday brings a new one. I thank Warrior for “writing” his and sharing it with all of us… Love~~~ Kathy ✨💖☮️