WWE have announced that long-time employee Rich Hering will be the recipient of the 2021 Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony.
Hering, who works as WWE’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Risk Management, started with the company more than 50 years ago. After initially working under Vince McMahon Sr, he then worked alongside the current WWE Chairman as the company grew into the international organisation that it is today.
In his role, Hering works with security, in conjunction with state athletic commissions and organisations to oversee the health and wellbeing of WWE’s employees.
WWE explain that 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.”
As first reported by The @StamAdvocate, longtime @WWE employee Rich Hering will receive the 2021 Warrior Award at tonight’s WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. #WWEHOFhttps://t.co/WzCm40D7Bppic.twitter.com/otDAQsyOXv
— WWE (@WWE) April 6, 2021
“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we are proud to present Rich Hering with this incredible honor,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “Rich has dedicated more than half a century to WWE and the WWE Universe and has truly seen and done it all. From ensuring the health and safety of WWE Superstars and employees; presiding over the wedding of Macho Man and Miss Elizabeth; and being an ‘uncle’ to Dana Warrior and her children, Mattie and Indy, there is no one more deserving of this accolade.”
In the ceremony which will see both 2020 and 2021 classes inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Hering will receive the award alongside the 2020 recipient Titus O’Neil.
Titus O’Neil is the founder of The Bullard Family Foundation, which helps children and families in need. While in his role as a WWE Ambassador, O’Neil works in conjunction with WWE’s non-profit partners such as Susan G. Komen, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics.
In 2019, the former WWE Tag Team Champion released his first book “There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: How I Went from Stereotype to Prototype.”