WWE are set to honour Shad Gaspard at the 2022 Hall of Fame with the late star receiving the Warrior Award.
Shad Gaspard tragically passed away in May 2020, after being among a group of swimmers caught in a rip current. It was later revealed that Gaspard had instructed lifeguards to save his son first instead of coming to help him.
Since then there has been a push from JTG, Gaspard’s former tag team partner in WWE, for the company to honour the heroic star.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that Gaspard will posthumously be presented with the Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on April 1st.
“It has been reported elsewhere that Shad Gaspard would be the winner of his year’s Warrior Award. Those in WWE have confirmed that to be accurate,”
The Warrior Award is “presented to an individual who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance” and who has lived life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of The Ultimate Warrior.
The award was established in 2015, a year after the the passing of WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior. The first recipient of the award was Connor “The Crusher” Michalek. At the 2021 Hall of Fame ceremony, the award was presented to WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil.
Shad Gaspard was most well known by wrestling fans for his time in WWE. During two stints with the company, Gaspard performed alongside JTG, as the highly popular tag team Cryme Tyme.