Former WCW star The Stro (formerly known as The Maestro) has published a new column at PWMania.com. Stro pays tribute to The Ultimate Warrior. Here is an excerpt from his entry:
"In this life, we take so much for granted. We should make the most of every moment. Sure we are critical. But we always should realize what we say and how it affects others. Never forget to tell your family and friends you love them and appreciate them.
There were harsh words said about him. There were jokes said about him. There was even a worldwide spread DVD making a mockery of him. But here is the bottom line. The Ultimate Warrior brought joy to a lot of lives and inspired many to love Wrestling and to become Wrestlers.
Regardless of opinion, in mine, him and Hulk Hogan had one of the greatest Wrestlemania main event matches of all time. He wasn’t a master technician in the ring. But he had off the chart charisma, power, and put many butts in the seats. Larger than life superhero to many.
Seeing him on stage being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame hugging and kissing his daughters was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed."
Fred Ottman “Tugboat/Typhoon/Shockmaster” stopped by Under the Mat Radio to discuss his feelings and memories of the Late Ultimate Warrior and so much more! You can listen to the full interview below; here are some of the highlights:
Fred on his memories of Ultimate Warrior:
“He was a good guy, excellent and tremendous guy. He was business 100-180 percent and people loved him, he had a good heart. I did shows with him in the WWF and it’s just really sad you know he’s a young guy…he left his wife, his mom, and his precious daughters.”
Fred on working with Warrior in the ring:
“Me personally no I couldn’t give you any (stories of working with Warrior in the ring) I just was able to observe him at that time but I enjoyed watching his work with a multitude of different guys. When that music hits he would hit the ground running and it was a 150 percent till the end of the match.”
Fred on how Warrior’s passing was different from his other friends in the business:
“Well you know you got to take into effect that when he was there he was as popular and as on the same level as Hulk (Hogan) was. The people loved him, they like his look and his energy. I have mixed emotions about…I have a lot of friends and a lot of guys that all of them should be honored..we only going by a few small glimpse of wrestling history.”