The Ultimate Warrior Breaks His Silence - Comments On The HOF
By Ryan Clark | March 26, 2010
He Won't Be At WrestleMania: Well, after months of silly speculation and rumor-mongering regarding an appearance by me at this year's Hall of Fame, and with WM being this weekend, I suppose I should say something about it all. Actually, after first seeing how my decision to decline was reported, I had initially decided it wasn't worth wasting time to say anything. Always the rumors. The silliness. The lies. The bulls--t. Simply telling the truth is a high spot the bottom-feeders of internet wrestling news always find too tough to pull off. However, over the last couple of weeks I have received thousands of feverish emails from those of you who are absolutely convinced that my silence is absolute evidence that I will be making a surprise appearance at the Hall of Fame ceremony. So, I thought I should let you know the truth: I am not. I will NOT be at Wrestlemania in any capacity.
On Declining The Invitation: I did decline induction. Yes, I declined. I did not "back out" of anything. There was never anything to "back out" of. I never agreed to appear at the Hall of Fame to begin with. The rumor that I did is a lie; an easy one that fits the kooky, fictional groundwork the liars have been laying down for years. It sounded good, made me look bad, so they added it on. The issue of money never came up, either. I'm not even sure they pay inductees. I don't think they do. I could be wrong. Don't know. Don't care. I never considered asking for any and it was never brought up in any of the discussions I had. Discussions, mind you, I had only with Vince, nobody else. It's funny, all these years the worn-out claim has been, "For Warrior, it's always about the money, his greed." I wish someone would have smartened me about that before I chose to sacrifice 10 or more years where I could have very easily continued to make millions of dollars. Making choices in your life based on your principles will make you wealthy, I'll be honest about that, but it has little to do with greed or money. Again, the element of greed sounded evilly good and kept up the image that I am a selfish scoundrel only concerned about myself, so the parasites threw it in.
What Exactly Happened?: Vince called me on December 23rd and left a voicemail saying, among other things, "let's get you in the Hall of Fame where you belong." After the holidays I returned his call, left a voicemail telling him to call me again when he found time. When we finally connected, I told him I would rather meet with him in person than talk over the phone. He said that would be great. He said he would find time on his calendar and call me back to set it up. When he called back a couple of weeks later he didn't even mention finding a time scheduled to meet, and throughout the remainder of the conversation, further decided not to find one. So, given only the option to say either yes or no, my answer was quick and clear, I declined Vince's invitation to headline this year's HOF event. I believe my decision is simple to understand. Although Vince and I decided to settle the litigation over the production of the Self-Destruction DVD, the DVD is still what it is: a defamatory, negative, inaccurate portrayal of my professional sports entertainment career and my personal character while working in the WWF. Settlement may have changed the terms of the discussion, but not the original intent or content of the DVD. Vince himself titled the DVD. He gave the authority to produce the DVD just as it is. I can't forget this.
To read his post in its entirety, go to http://www.ultimatewarrior.com/blog/?p=149