Moments like this are about honoring someone in one single image. There are plenty of aggressive and vibrant photos of the Ultimate Warrior in our archive. Signature poses and moves often define someone, but so do those times when you capture a real moment. I never saw this image before today and I was immediately drawn to it.

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WWE is the land of the giants, but none possessed a larger spirit than The Ultimate Warrior. The face-painted powerhouse with neon gear and bicep tassels became a sports-entertainment institution in the late 1980s and early 1990s thanks to his frenetic style and seemingly immeasurable strength.

As the former WWE and Intercontinental Champion entered the WWE Hall of Fame Saturday, he thanked his “Warriors” for always supporting him. He said Monday that because of the WWE Universe, “the spirit of The Ultimate Warrior will run forever.” Warrior passed away Tuesday at age 54. He was an icon and an inspiration across generations, and he will be dearly missed. Thank you Ultimate Warrior!