In a shocking announcement, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has announced the untimely death of former professional wrestling superstar, the Ultimate Warrior (born Jim Hellwig). When WWE confirms the death of the Ultimate Warrior, it comes straight from their official website. The shocking news comes one day after Warrior made a final appearance on WWE Raw. He emulated his old, unique interview style and got to address the fans. Earlier during the weekend, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for their 2014 inductee class on Saturday, April 5. He also appeared at the landmark WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6 when the WWE brought the 2014 inductees to recognize them during the pay-per-view event.
Warrior is survived by his wife Dana, and his two daughters. They were in attendance along with Warrior to see his Hall of Fame induction in New Orleans, Louisiana last Saturday along with Ultimate Warrior’s mother. And while WWE confirms the death of the Ultimate Warrior, unfortunately, the company released no other details on his untimely passing. TMZ reports that Warrior was in Arizona, the state he previously called home. He reportedly collapsed outside of a hotel in the state at approximately 5:50 p.m. He was said to be with his wife and talking to a car when he collapsed. He was later taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. The cause of Warrior’s death is currently unknown at this time.
WWE Executive Vice President (Talent/Live Events/Creative) and professional wrestler, Triple H (nee Paul Michael Levesque), wrote on Ultimate Warrior’s passing on Twitter, “Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters.” Ultimate Warrior previously faced Triple H at WrestleMania 12 in 1996. The Ultimate Warrior defeated Triple H in the match quickly, and on the experience, Triple H said the Warrior was one of the most unprofessional wrestlers he ever worked with. The two also made amends ahead of Warrior’s return to the company.
The Ultimate Warrior and the WWE had a tumultuous relationship for many years, going into litigation against each other. One specific case was the WWE Home Video release of The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, which Warrior considered a smear job and sued the company over. However, amends were made after the Warrior’s recent appearance as a playable character in the WWE 2K14 game. Warrior resolved his differences with WWE CEO Vince McMahon and the company. A new DVD and Blu-ray collection, The Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection, was also released on April 1 in anticipation of his impending Hall of Fame induction.
Over the course of his career, the Ultimate Warrior became the WWE world champion and a two-time Intercontinental champion. His biggest match ever is, of course, his WrestleMania 6 main event match against Hulk Hogan at the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1990. In an epic contest, the Ultimate Warrior cleanly defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWE Championship. Since WWE confirms the death of the Ultimate Warrior, another legend and Hall of Famer has died and left more questions than answers.
By Jeffrey Harris