Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Ultimate Warrior R.I.P. (June 16th, 1959 - April 8, 2014)

Ultimate Warrior, aka Jim Hellwig, Dead at 54, Friends in Wrestling Mourn WWE Hall of Famer

WWE says it is saddened to announce the death of The Warrior, who appeared on 'Raw' for the first time since 1996 this past Monday on the heels of his induction in the WWE Hall of Fame, which took place at Wrestlemania XXX this past weekend.

Height6 ft 2 in
Weight275 lb
TitlesWWF World Heavyweight Championship 1x
WWF Intercontinental Championship 2x
WWE Hall of Fame - Class of 2014

Jim Hellwig, the man who portrayed the immensely popular wrestler "The Ultimate Warrior," has died, according to the WWE.

He was 54.

Hellwig’s death comes just after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame before Wrestlemania XXX in New Orleans this weekend.

The Ultimate Warrior will be remembered for his high-energy ring entrances -- racing
into the arena at full-speed, bursting into the ring -- shaking the ropes up & down.

He appeared on “Monday Night Raw” this week for the first time since July 1996.

Hellwig burst onto the wrestling scene in the late '80s and skyrocketed to fame in the early '90s and he was seemingly gone just as quickly. After The Warrior disappeared from what was then the WWF, rumors that he had passed away filled up wrestling circles.

Warrior was also known for his distinctive pattern of face paint.

Rumored contract disputes with Vince McMahon were blamed for The Warrior dropping out of the public eye. Upon his return to the ring, skeptics said that it was a different person portraying The Warrior. Just like that, he was gone again.

Hellwig, who had his name legally changed to Warrior, made a comeback recently, beginning with a commercial for the video game WWE2K14 -- the first time he was seen regularly by the masses of fanatics he left wanting more.

In the ad, he seemingly acknowledged the rumors of his death, saying: "Not even the Grim Reaper, starving to get his hands on my Warrior soul, can keep me from hearing the battle cries of the warriors in the WWE universe to experience WWE 2K14."

Signature Move: Warrior Press Drop

The WWE released a statement on its website about The Warrior’s passing:

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

"Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter."

"Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters." — Daniel O' Leary 

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