Shad Gaspard has been posthumously named the recipient of the 2022 Warrior Award. Named after WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior, The Warrior Award is presented to an individual who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of The Ultimate Warrior. The news was first reported by Foxsports.com.
A larger-than-life Superstar with boundless charisma, Shad passed away on May 17, 2020. While swimming with his son, the pair got caught in a strong current in Venice Beach, Cal. In a heroic act of love, the concerned father instructed lifeguards to save his son before himself and disappeared soon after. Days later, his passing was confirmed. He was 39 years old.
Shad’s bravery and selflessness will be honoured next Friday as the Warrior Award presentation will be part of the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Friday, April 1, at American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of WrestleMania Week. The event will stream live exclusively on Peacock in the U.S. and WWE Network everywhere else.
“Even if he had never worn a WWE belt or been one of the company’s main-eventers, Shad Gaspard will be remembered for the great man he was in and out of the ring. A true competitor in the ring, a rightful human being in life. No one could forget he gave his life to save his son. That says a lot about who Gaspard was.” That’s what we wrote on Shad Gaspard when his death was announced. As the mothers/fathers, uncles/aunts, etc. we are, before being wrestling fans, what Shad Gaspard did makes of him a true hero.
Gaspard’s time with us may have been short, but the 39-year-old lived life to the fullest and left an impact on those he encountered. From the people he knew in real life, to the fans who watched him on TV, he’s greatly missed. But he will never be forgotten. If the Warrior Award is meant to be given to someone who lived life with courage and compassion, there’s no better choice than a hero like Shad.
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