R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig)

Jim Hellwig a.k.a. the Ultimate Warrior

From ABC News:

The Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE officials confirmed in a statement.

“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” a statement reads.

Warrior – who was born James Brian Hellwig – began his career in 1987. He defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become WWE Champion.

The Hall of Fame induction marked his return to WWE after an 18-year absence. During his Hall of Fame speech, he announced that he signed a new multi-year deal with WWE, serving as an official ambassador.

The wrestler was known for his intricate face-paint, bulging muscles and frenzied speeches, sprinting to the ring and shaking the ropes before his matches.

During Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, he slipped on his mask, embracing his character a final time, his words full of heart and poignancy.

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20 thoughts on “R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig)

  1. Hard to believe. He gets inducted into the hall of Fame,then was at WrestleMania the following day. Then appears on Monday Night RAW……then dies the very next day??? I find that very strange. It is sad though. Well he beat Hulk Hogan and left his mark on the industry.I remember watching him as a kid. Farewell Warrior.

      1. It’s too early to say right now. In the coming weeks we’ll learn more details. Did you see his speech on RAW? You have to check it out. What he said seems very eerie to me. Almost…….like he knew. *sigh*

  2. He had mid range stature and succeeded Hogan as the heir. I think the Rock succeeded him in that category.. Guys like Undertaker, Kane and Big Show are just huge and never had quite the reigns of WWF/E the way Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, “the Rock” did.

      1. Speaking of Undertaker,what do you think of his lost? I was surprised that Brock Lesnar beat him. I thought it would have been someone like HHH or Shawn Michaels. Did you see the look on peoples faces? It was priceless!lol Many of them were totally shocked.lol Who do you think should’ve ended the streak?

      2. Ehhh…I kinda had a gut feeling the Undertaker would lose, but then, it’s to someone who doesn’t wrestle regularly. It’s almost an empty blemish on the streak. In a way, part me feels like the fans were ripped off.

  3. Massive heart attack is the speculation and it can only mean he went back to you know what habits for the sake of appearances and the look.. 😦

  4. I used to have such a huge crush on this man when I was a school girl, and remember how he amazed the wrestling fans in the crowd, while he intimidated his opponents in the ring! R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior, as you will be missed..

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