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The Ultimate Warrior, Liberty, and Me

To some of you this may seem silly, and it very well may be. But last night a man I had idolized as a child passed away at the age of 54 years old. This news was shocking to me, as only 2 days earlier I had seen the man live and in person at WrestleMania, where he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

What does this have to do with liberty? Well, mostly nothing.

But in many ways the character The Ultimate Warrior was an embodiment of personal liberty. It seems appropriate that this is the same day I received a gift in the mail from Michael Nystrom – a beautiful poster with the words “Liberty is the Right to be Who You Are.” Nobody seemed to personify this more than Jim Hellwig aka Warrior, a man who many have called “loony”, “crazy”, and all sorts of other names over the years (sound familiar, libertarians?). This was largely because he was always true to himself, and very much lived his life as the “Warrior” character both in and out of the ring, even going so far as to legally change his name to “Warrior.” For better or worse, Jim Hellwig was The Ultimate Warrior, and was in no way ashamed of it.

Perhaps a small part of childhood Marc recognized this quality in The Ultimate Warrior as a child. His charisma and enthusiasm and uniqueness inspired me and made feel like I could do anything I wanted if I just believed in myself. Including waging a tireless battle for the ideas of liberty in which I believe.

Ok, maybe I didn’t think that far ahead, and maybe I’m over thinking now in my somewhat emotional state, but either way I truly hope that The Ultimate Warrior rests in peace.

This post appeared as part of today's edition of The Morning Roar

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Very strange

I had been searching for Warriors HOF speech all weekend and finally found it on Tuesday. After watching several clips of the speech I posted it on my FB wall and then deleted it. Since Im an adult according to my age. The moment I deleted it I saw Jack Hunter's update that Ultimate Warrior had died. The timing is what is strange to me.

This is a quote Warrior 24 hrs before his unexpected death.

This is a quote from Warrior about 24 hours before his unexpected death.

“Every man’s heart one day beats it final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others...his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans, and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will live forever!"

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That quote

That quote is so awesome.

I remember pretending to wrestle with my brother growing up and shaking the ropes like the Ultimate Warrior. What a terribly sad story, but he certainly left his mark up until the last days of his life.


Those words are haunting.

And yet still, inspiring.

I'll continue to live my life to the utmost of my ability, to continue being myself…that's how one lives as an "Ultimate Warrior"

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

R.I.P. .. Tis a sad day ..

Here is his Hall of Fame Speech from Sunday (Approximately 9 minutes):


Here is his final appearance on RAW Monday night:


It was as if he was giving his own eulogy...

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Thank you for sharing Marc

I don't know who the Ultimate Warrior was, but you have explained your fascination with him perfectly. The great individualists of the world demonstrate, simply by being who they are, that we all have choices. That we can choose who and how to be in this world.

Exactly what you said, that he made feel like I could do anything I wanted if I just believed in myself.

Thank you for sharing Marc.

He's the man.

Loved the Warrior. A sad day

Loved the Warrior. A sad day indeed, a part of my childhood is gone forever today.