This comic continues the story of Rising Phoenix, Zen Pencils’ own wrestling superstar. You can see her in these previous comics featuring quotes from Howard Thurman and Marie Curie.

Warrior (aka ‘Ultimate Warrior’, born James Brian Hellwig 1959-2014) was a WWE Hall of Fame wrestler. Along with Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake the Snake Roberts and others, Ultimate Warrior was an icon of the sport during its glory days in the late eighties and early nineties. In April, after being out of the public spotlight for over 15 years, Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, appeared at WrestleMania XXX and Raw, where he gave a spine-tingling speech in the ring. You can watch it here.

“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its 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 and makes them believe deeper, in something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of The Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”

Tragically, less than 24 hours after that speech, Warrior suffered a fatal heart attack.

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– The Warrior/Hulk Hogan battle depicted in the comic is from their iconic match at WrestleMania VI.
– UFC fighter Lorenz Larkin recently did the same as Rising Phoenix, paying tribute to Ultimate Warrior at a weigh-in before his fight.
– Thanks to reader Doug for submitting this quote.
– In case you missed it, earlier this week I launched the new Zen Pencils poster store!