There is a fine line between MMA and pro wrestling, but that doesn’t mean the two sports never interact.
We’ve seen it with numerous athletes going from one sport to the other.
So, when one is hit by a tragedy, it doesn’t take a lot of time for the other to extend their condolences despite the fact that they seem to be engaged in a never-ending-battle for the all-mighty dollar.
Late Tuesday night, reports started circulating that The Ultimate Warrior had passed away at 54 years of age. Warrior had just been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame over the weekend and was on live television Monday night.
Many years ago, reports of his death were a big part of wrestling news. He only recently reconciled his differences with the WWE to become a hall of famer. Warrior’s most memorable moment was when he defeated Hulk Hogan to become world champion.
The promotion confirmed news of his passing with a statement, and many MMA fighters expressed their past love with Warrior on social media. The video below was from Monday’s episode of Raw, which was the final public appearance for Warrior.
— Mike Straka (@MikeStraka) April 9, 2014
When I was young and wrestled with my dad and brother I was always The Ultimate Warrior, RIP http://t.co/ITRPn2ddqN
— Evan Dunham (@evandunham155) April 9, 2014
— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) April 9, 2014
— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) April 9, 2014
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) April 9, 2014
Rest in peace! The warrior was a resident of Santa Fe I was lucky enough to meet him a few times pic.twitter.com/hMxihpGOcD
— Ike Vallie-Flagg (@IKEVF) April 9, 2014
Rip the ultimate warrior. That sucks he passed!
— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) April 9, 2014
RIP ultimate warrior! #legend
— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) April 9, 2014
— UFC (@ufc) April 9, 2014