The Ultimate Warrior, Dead at 54

The Ultimate Warrior, Dead at 54

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The famous (and famously troubled) professional wrestling star dies just days after Hall of Fame induction.

World Wrestling Entertainment has confirmed that retired Superstar James Brian Hellwig, who famously wrestled under the name "The Ultimate Warrior" in the 80s and 90s, had died at the age of 54.

An amateur bodybuilder before transitioning to wrestling, Hellwig gained early attention as part of the "Blade Runners" tag-team with Steve "Sting" Borden. But it wasn't until he debuted in the then-WWF as "The Ultimate Warrior" in 1987 that his career took off. Though popular with fans, his reputation for volatile and unpredictable behavior (he legally changed his name to "Warrior" in 1993) led to tension during his employment in the 90s and eventual retirement, though he made brief returns to the ring for the WCW and NWE outfits in 1998 and 2008, respectively. In recent years, he had gained new notoriety as a motivational speaker and political-blogger.

In a cruel twist of fate, Warrior's death came just days after having been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame prior to WrestlemaniaXXX. Just over 24 hours prior, he had made a live appearance on Monday Night RAW wherein he told a cheering crowd that "The spirit of The Ultimate Warrior will run forever."

At this time, the circumstances of his passing have not immediately been made public.

Source: World Wrestling Entertainment

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The Warrior was only JUST before my time. I know him from the memes, from Linkara's review of the comic starring him and, from various youtube videos. That being said though, it's too bad he's gone. He seemed really charismatic and just awesome. He's true though...The Spirit of the Ultimate Warrior Will Run Forever.

I'm crying now, can't believe I just saw him on TV on Monday and that's the last I'll ever see of him.

I, of course, will remember him for being the craziest motherfucker in the WWE. And that's saying something.

what the actual... I mean, he JUST cut an awesome/Mad promo on Raw... he JUST came back.. i mean... wow...

Well that was sudden.
And so he returns to the Terrain of Testament, where Destructity will run wild forever.

Danial:
what the actual... I mean, he JUST cut an awesome/Mad promo on Raw... he JUST came back.. i mean... wow...

The craziness and the content (talking about his legacy, "...Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breath their final breath..." etc) make me think, as morbid as it is, that he might have planned this.

EDIT: Apparently this is not the case. I wonder if he knew he was dying, though.

He was from around here. Local Texas boy who made it.

I saw him wrestle before the WWF, before the Blade Runners. He was The Dingo Warrior and did cheesy adverts for a local car dealership when I was a pre-teen. In the 80s, he was my absolute favorite. I chose him in every video game he was featured in.

I wish his family the best and hope the Warrior's spirit finds rest. Farewell Warrior. We will miss you.

Man, that's really shocking and said. Especially after just seeing him on Raw.

RIP, good sir.

rip

RIP Warrior, You insane but awesome dude.

I'm going to fess up and say I only really know him from Spoony's impersonations. "Rar, Hook Hoogan" etc.

this...absolutely sucks...butI guess if you use steroids as I think a lot of them did back then, this can happen, I mean 54 is still pretty young to go, I loved the Warrior, even though he was before my time I watched a lot of his matches, and his promos were just awesome, I can't imagine the grief his family must be going through, he will be missed.

I don't watch all that much wrestling, and I saw very few fights with Warrior, but for some reason this makes me very very sad. Rest in peace.

Rest In Peace you crazy, crazy man. XD

ZZoMBiE13:

I saw him wrestle before the WWF, before the Blade Runners. He was The Dingo Warrior and did cheesy adverts for a local car dealership when I was a pre-teen. In the 80s, he was my absolute favorite. I chose him in every video game he was featured in.

Nitpicking perhaps but he was a Blade Runner before he was the Dingo Warrior.

OT: Rest in peace Warrior. Your craziness will be missed.

Warrior's eulogy better be a 15 minute rambling shoot promo that uses the word warrior no less than 23 times. Also it should be shouted.

bdcjacko:
Warrior's eulogy better be a 15 minute rambling shoot promo that uses the word warrior no less than 23 times. Also it should be shouted.

And need to have at least one mention of Madison Square Garden...

Micah Weil:

bdcjacko:
Warrior's eulogy better be a 15 minute rambling shoot promo that uses the word warrior no less than 23 times. Also it should be shouted.

And need to have at least one mention of Madison Square Garden...

No, that is more of a Hogan thing. Though snarling and whispered Hulk Hogan should be involved.

bdcjacko:

Micah Weil:

bdcjacko:
Warrior's eulogy better be a 15 minute rambling shoot promo that uses the word warrior no less than 23 times. Also it should be shouted.

And need to have at least one mention of Madison Square Garden...

No, that is more of a Hogan thing. Though snarling and whispered Hulk Hogan should be involved.

Huh...could have sworn UW's promos mentioned MSG more often than Hulk's...
But, yes, the snarling and the Hulk Hogan...ing...

Warrior knew he was dying. He knew the clock was ticking down, he just didn't know when it was going to happen.

You can tell though, just by watching the promo he did on the 07 April Raw...he knew he was giving a eulogy...his own eulogy.

This will probably be the stock steroid abuse heart failure case..if there ever is an autopsy, which there likely won't be...but I'll say it right now...Warrior knew he was about to die when he walked out to the ring Monday night.

The fact that he literally died the next day isn't a cruel twist of fate, it was just when the clock ran out.

Damn. I just got the news from YouTube this morning. I thought it was some sort of joke at first.

The Internet community poked fun at the Ultimate Warrior and most of that ribbing is well deserved. Ask anyone who's ever read the Warrior comics or seen the Spoony/Linkara reviews. But, thinking back to my childhood, watching him wrestle was something spectacular. He carried an energy that very few wrestlers could pull off imo. He was insane but in an awesome kind of way. To have him die merely days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and his final appearance on Raw is shocking. I can't say this was planned by him or merely the hand of fate stepping in. It's too soon to make that accusation. All I can say is that he went out on a high note. And that is a rare feat for anyone in the wrestling business.

Rest in Peace, Ultimate Warrior.

I admit I don't know much about the guy, only from what I heard on the internet (mainly from Linkara and the Spoony One). From what I could tell, he seemed like he was completely bonkers... and he didn't care.

Godspeed you beautiful crazy dingoman!

While I think he was a massive tool when it comes to his blog and his political shenanigans or whatever, I still mourn his passing. One of the greatest in his industry. Say hi to Macho Man and Mr. Perfect for me, Warrior.

Oly J:
this...absolutely sucks...butI guess if you use steroids as I think a lot of them did back then, this can happen, I mean 54 is still pretty young to go, I loved the Warrior, even though he was before my time I watched a lot of his matches, and his promos were just awesome, I can't imagine the grief his family must be going through, he will be missed.

This is really a shame to hear about. That said, 54 years old is sadly a fairly decent age for a wrestler to live to. The list of guys who go before they're 40 is quite long and filled with a lot of highly recognizable names.

This wouldn't have meant as much to me had it not come mere days after Hall of Fame and Raw appearances, the speech he gave in the latter of which now seeming far more poignant for it. He had a meet and greet scheduled for about a month's time, too...
Well, rest in peace, you legendary Warrior.

Only 54? That is really sad :( Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior! You were one of my favourite wrestlers of my childhood and enriched my live.

I won't go into too much detail because I don't actually have many positive things to say about him. Warrior's mic skills were crap, as were the vast majority of his matches (you can actually say that about quite a few guys from the 'golden age of wrestling' but that's another topic entirely), and he was just kind of an asshole as a person.

However, he brought joy and wonder to a lot of young boys and girls. Regardless of his actual character, that has to be worth something, so R.I.P

I was shocked when my co-worker told me. "But.. But I just saw him 2 days ago! He looked so healthy! He got the entire crowd hyped!" Man... Still hard to swallow..

Marter:
Man, that's really shocking and said. Especially after just seeing him on Raw.

RIP, good sir.

Props to your AJ pic :D

I didn't really watch wrestling back in the day (regrettably), so I can only say Linkara and Spoony's parodies were the only time he entertained me. Maybe they can give him a send off worthy of the craziest man in wrestling.

That said, it is sad to hear the man died. He certainly was one of the more unique guys in the WWF.

Ultimate Warrior, wherever you might be, may your spaceship be forever loaded with rocket fuel.

Think of it this way: No scandal or issue will ever remove him from the hall of fame.

Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania was ended by a part-time UFC fighter and the next night one of my favorite pro wrestlers as a kid dies.

This has been a hard week.

Rest in peace, Mr. Helwig.

You made the world a little more crazy and a little more fun.

 

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