According to an April 14 report from the Los Angeles Times, the WWE will pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior on tonight's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, less than a week after the pro wrestling icon passed away from a heart attack at the age of 54. The WWE hasn't announced exactly how they will be honoring Ultimate Warrior, but it's expected to be an elaborate video presentation featuring highlights from his career.
The Ultimate Warrior, real name James Brian Hellwig, collapsed outside an Arizona hotel last week, while walking to his car with his wife by his side. An autopsy determined that Ultimate Warrior died of atherosclerotic/arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease and of natural causes, with no drugs or alcohol directly involved. Ultimate Warrior gave his final public speech during last week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw.
Tonight's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, which emanates live from the BJCC Arena in Birmingham, will be a night to recognize Ultimate Warrior's achievements, but also to dip into some of the WWE's key storylines heading into next month's Extreme Rules event. Extreme Rules will be held next month in New Jersey, so tonight is a chance for the WWE to tie up some loose ends on the major feuds heading in to that event.
The Real Americans, a group that featured Jack Swagger and Cesaro, broke up during last week's WWE Monday Night Raw, so WWE fans might see a singles match between them tonight. Paige vs AJ Lee, another rematch from last week's episode, is likely for tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw.
Additionally, the WWE recently brought Rob Van Dam back to the fold. Van Dam is now 43 years old, but there's a good chance he'll try to make another run at the WWE's Intercontinental Championship Belt. Tonight's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw will feature the opening round of a tournament to decide who gets a shot at Big E for the strap.
Also on tonight's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, John Cena is expected to continue his long-running feud with Bray Wyatt, and The Shield may battle Evolution. WWE Monday Night Raw airs live at 8 p.m. on the USA Network. Sting, 54, has not yet officially signed with the WWE, not he is not likely to be in attendance during tonight's episode.