Though several months have passed since it happened, there is no denying that much of the WWE Universe is still shaken by the news of The Ultimate Warrior's sudden death.
April 8th 2014
The passing of such an icon could not have been more of a contrast to what was taking place in professional prior to the legend's death. Just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Ultimate Warrior tragically died of a cardiovascular disease.
The news sparked a huge surge of emotional tributes to one of the biggest names in professional wrestling. The impact of his passing is still strong to this day, as proven by the latest news surrounding WWE and The Ultimate Warrior.
As reported by PWInsider.com, the industry is planning to release a book which celebrates the life of The Ultimate Warrior on September 15th of next year. The title is said to be "Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lives Forever: The Legend of a WWE Hero."
At least a significant amount of the proceeds from the book will supposedly be going towards Warrior's family, making the book even more of a hugely sentimental gesture.
This will not be the first emotionally moving tribute WWE will have made to the legend however, with the Ultimate Warrior documentary which was released on the WWE Network soon after his passing, proving to be a very moving production.
Following the announcement, a synopsis of the upcoming release was posted on PWInsider.com:
"With signature moves like the Warrior Splash, epic battles against Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, Macho Man Randy Savage, and The Undertaker, and impassioned speeches that struck fear into his opponents and inspired warriors across the nation, the late Ultimate Warrior became one of the most revered figures in WWE history. Here, for the first time, the complete legend of The Ultimate Warrior is told in full, from his humble beginnings as a self-proclaimed "small, insecure kid who wasn’t into any sports" to his rise to WWE fame as the most powerful force in the universe.
Through both action and candid photographs, personal ephemera, including original Warrior art and detailed journal entries, insider stories and exclusive interviews with WWE legends, and intimate accounts from the Warrior family, this unique biography brings the legacy of The Ultimate Warrior to life like never before. Relive the Warrior’s most intense matches and rivalries, and get to know the man behind the face paint in this one-of-a-kind volume. Filled with intense action and little-known details, Ultimate Warrior: A Life Lived Forever is a celebration of the Superstar who left an inimitable mark on WWE and redefined sports entertainment for generations."
The idea of producing such a book is sentimental enough, but how certain events in The Ultimate Warrior's life and wrestling career are written about will be key in the reception of the tribute.
Given the importance of The Ultimate Warrior to professional wrestling as well as its fans, the book will surely be as intriguing and exciting as the man himself, enabling wrestling fans everywhere to understand why April 8th 2014 affected the wrestling world as it did.