Former WWE legend Ultimate Warrior will be paid tributes shortly when Monday Night Raw hits our screens this evening, but was the wrestler really a hero the organisation should hold dear?
Ultimate Warrior passed away last week due to a fatal heart attack, leaving many wrestling fans shocked and saddened at the sudden nature of his departure from this world.
Now this article is not here to speak ill of the dead. The aim of this piece is to question whether or not the WWE should pursue making the Ultimate Warrior into a legend that young fans should want to emulate.
For many fans, Ultimate Warrior acts as part of their first exposure to the WWF as it was known, and therefore fans will naturally be always connected to the big man.
Tonight WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Triple H will commemorate the wrestler, who was inducted into the wrestling Hall of Fame only three days prior to his death.
But during his time on this planet Ultimate Warrior, aka James Hellwig, certainly provided his fair share of controversy as well.
As Wired.co.uk reported last week, "In a notorious speech at the University of Connecticut in 2005, Hellwig rambled near-incoherently about the evils of liberalism and homosexuality, claiming "queering doesn't make the world work" and that "homosexuals are not as legitimate as heterosexuals".
"He also told an Iranian student to "get a towel", inciting cries of racism."
It's also well known that he believed that "queering doesn't make the world go round", with that quote coming from his infamous speech.
These facts can't sit massively well with the WWE and it's reputation. The organisation will honor this man tonight, but is he really what we want our kids to aspire to?
Is the pure entertainment that Ultimate Warrior provided to wrestling fans across the globe enough to cancel out any comments he made during a speech?
Maybe it is maybe it isn't, depending on your opinion. Let us know below in the comments section.
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