Vince McMahon tweeted the following about The Ultimate Warrior's sort of return to the WWE:
I say "sort of" because The Ultimate Warrior's current association with WWE is through a deal with 2K Sports. Warrior was recently announced as an unlockable character in the upcoming WWE 2K14 game.
While his resurfacing does illustrate that he is at least back on good terms with WWE, he is still without a contract of any distinction with the worldwide leader.
A similar situation played out during the release of WWE '12, when Brock Lesnar was announced as an unlockable character. Five months after its release, Lesnar showed up on WWE TV the night after WrestleMania XXVIII.
The Ultimate Warrior and WWE finally have some semblance of a peaceful relationship. It would be something of an upset if he never made another live appearance on WWE TV.
The 2014 Hall of Fame comes to mind.
Warrior in the Hall of Fame would sell tickets, and New Orleans' VooDoo vibe would be a fitting callback to the black magic curse Warrior suffered at the hands of Papa Shango. It could also be a shrewd excuse to get Warrior off the stage. Otherwise, fans and peers would be subject to a potentially incoherent, uncomfortable and long-winded speech—in character or not.
The biggest pop The Ultimate Warrior could possibly receive would be as a surprise entrant in the 2014 Royal Rumble. It may take a bit longer for him to run down the ramp and into the ring, but the one-off sendoff would be memorable and well-received by an East Coast Pittsburgh crowd.
Kevin Nash's 2011 return to the Royal Rumble as Diesel ranks high as one of the best all-time surprise entries at the Royal Rumble. Mr. Perfect, Goldust and Chris Jericho are all honorable mentions in their own right.
However, given the length of his absence and how hot he once was, nothing would top the reaction to the opening riff of his high-energy rock theme music.
WWE need not be romanced by its apparent reconciliation with The Ultimate Warrior. Hold on for a few more months and watch the Consol Energy Center explode.