Pairings and tributes made up the best of WWE social media this week.
The most heartfelt and compelling tweets, viral videos and Instagram photos showcased The Ultimate Warrior, WrestleMania, Roddy Piper and Evolution. The NBA and a late-night talk show host sneaked in there as well.
April 17 was Piper's 60th birthday. The occasion had a flood of fans wishing him happy birthday and gave us all an excuse to relive his Hall of Fame career.
For some, that meant reflecting on his role in They Live.
For others, it meant remembering the many classic moments from his Piper's Pit segments.
Monday's Raw had a far more somber tone. The show was dedicated to The Ultimate Warrior.
We were then reminded that no one does a tribute like WWE. The production team honored the late wrestler with a heartrending video.
His wife said of it, per TMZ, "I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own."
A runner made a tribute of another kind to The Ultimate Warrior. During the London Marathon, he dressed up as the former world champ. The reporter, though, didn't seem to recognize what the wig and face paint signified.
It seems some of us watched Warrior's rise to the top of WWE and some of us did not. Count the folks over at ESPN's SportsNation as part of the former category.
They made an intriguing comparison of the WrestleMania VI main event to the current NBA MVP race. LeBron James has dominated that award in recent years, a lot like Hulk Hogan did with the WWE Championship.
Many believe that Kevin Durant will take home that trophy this year. Does that make him the NBA version of Warrior in 1990?
This is the kind of wrestling and sports marriage you can expect when you put a WWE fan like Michelle Beadle back on the show.
WWE got some indirect attention from another mainstream source thanks to a sign-holding fan at Monday's Raw in Birmingham, Ala. As Batista entered the ring, cameras caught one audience member's odd message.
Jimmy Fallon's response was perfect.
Batista ended that night back with the group that first catapulted him into stardom. Bonded by a common hatred of The Shield, Randy Orton, Triple H and Batista got back together, complete with their Evolution entrance music.
WWE posted a backstage photo of the reunited group on its Instagram page.
That is a welcomed sight for fans who watched this group produce a collection of excellent matches between 2003 and 2005. Seeing them as a unit once more brings up great memories and hints at a show-stealing match at Extreme Rules.
Before Evolution reformed, Fandango broke away from Summer Rae, and Cesaro left Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter for Paul Heyman.
Fandango found a new partner rather quickly as well. He took in Layla, battling alongside her against Santino Marella and Emma.
WWE shared a shot of the pair on Instagram.
This photo is an enjoyable bit of eye candy, regardless of which gender one finds attractive. Layla fans will be happy that WWE now has an excuse to use her. The move could also signal that big things are in store for Summer as a contender for the Divas title.
WrestleMania 30 marked the first time that championship was defended at "The Show of Shows."
Before the Divas went to battle in the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational, a lot of work had to be done. The set inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the huge event was gorgeous.
In the following video, WWE provided a time-lapsed view of its workers constructing it.
It's easy to forget the men and women behind the scenes who put up the ring and set up everything that goes into a WWE production before the Superstars come out to perform. That's why Warrior suggested WWE started handing out the Jimmy Miranda award for the folks behind the scenes.
The company, thankfully, has taken to recognizing and showcasing talented fans who bang out WWE-related art on the Internet.
Two of those fans, Dalyxman and Delbusto, teamed up again, merging Kurt Angle's and The Real Americans' footage and entrance music. The result is both strange and hypnotizing.
With Cesaro now out of the group, Colter has been taking suggestions for new members. Does that mean that, following Evolution's reunion, we could see Swagger and his Soaring Eagle mascot together again, too?
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