The Ultimate Warrior Height, Name, Weight, Age, Wife, Children, Films, Profile

Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan in a championship vs. title fight at WrestleMania VI, becoming the first wrestler to hold both belts at the same time.

The Ultimate Warrior in a file photo [Image-Twitter]
By Blesson Daniel | May 7, 2022 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

On June 16, 1959, James Brian Hellwig, aka The Ultimate Warrior, was born. He was a professional wrestler and bodybuilder from the United States. From 1987 until 1992, as well as a brief stay in 1996, he performed for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). He also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) for a few months in 1998, earning the nickname “The Warrior.” Warrior transitioned to professional wrestling after a bodybuilding career.

Start as a wrestler

From 1985 to 1986, he was a member of the Blade Runners, which he formed with fellow former bodybuilder Steve Borden before splitting when Warrior departed to pursue a singles career in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). He was a one-time WCWA Texas Heavyweight Champion under the ring moniker Dingo Warrior. He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1987 and won the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship twice in less than two years. Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan in a championship vs. title fight at WrestleMania VI, becoming the first wrestler to hold both belts at the same time.

Released from WWE

He was billed as the company’s new face, but he fell out with Vince McMahon over a wage issue, and wanted to quit the WWF, but was turned down. Warrior would appear at WrestleMania VIII, but he was dismissed in November 1992 because of his steroid use, which was eventually exposed. He officially changed his name to “Warrior” in 1993 and was listed as a co-writer for a comic book based on his image and moniker. Warrior made his comeback to the WWF at WrestleMania XII, but only lasted four months before no-showing events.

Retirement and Death

He joined World Championship Wrestling (who had attempted to employ him in 1995) two years later, and was involved in a much-maligned storyline with Hulk Hogan that concluded at Halloween Havoc. Warrior left professional wrestling to pursue a career as a public speaker, but he did compete in one farewell match in Spain in 2008. Warrior died on April 8, 2014, in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 54. He had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the previous three nights in New Orleans, performed at WrestleMania XXX, and made his final public appearance on Monday Night Raw, returning to the business after an unhappy split in 1996.

NameJames Brian Hellwig
DOB16 June 1959 – 8 April 2014, 54 years
Height188 cm
Weight127 kg
OccupationProfessional wrestler, Actor
Professional Debut1985
WifeDana Warrior
Professional NameThe Ultimate Warrior

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The Ultimate Warrior in WWE

In June 1987, Hellwig joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Under the name Dingo Warrior, he first competed on house shows, defeating jobbers like Steve Lombardi, Barry Horowitz, and Mike Sharpe. On the October 25 broadcast of Wrestling Challenge, he made his television debut as The Ultimate Warrior, defeating another jobber, Terry Gibbs. Hellwig’s enthusiastic rambling, incomprehensible commentary, and high-energy ring entrances, which saw him rushing into the arena at full speed, leaping into the ring, and forcefully shaking the ring ropes up and down, earned him the nickname The Ultimate Warrior. He was also noted for his unusual face paint design.

Intercontinental Championship reign

Warrior, a surprise replacement for the injured Brutus Beefcake, won the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship less than a year after his WWF television debut, defeating The Honky Tonk Man in a 27-second squash match at the inaugural SummerSlam on August 29, 1988, ending Honky Tonk’s 454-day reign. Later, he lost the title to Rick Rude in the greatest stage of all, “Wrestlemania V,” but reclaimed it at the Summerslam PPV.

Winning first World Champioonship

The Warrior was promoted to main event status in the WWF, replacing Hulk Hogan, who had been wrestling’s top performer during the 1980s. The Warrior was written in as Hogan’s opponent in the main event of WrestleMania VI in the SkyDome in Toronto after a few clashes with Hogan, most notably at the 1990 Royal Rumble. After a Warrior Splash, Warrior pinned Hogan to become the only wrestler to hold both belts at the same time. Because WWF rules banned a wrestler from holding both championships, Warrior resigned the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (which Mr. Perfect later won in a tournament).

Retirement and Hall of Fame

In 1998 The Ultimate Warrior ultimately retired from profrssional wrestling. The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on April 5, 2014. The following day, Warrior made a cameo at WrestleMania XXX, and the following night, he gave a Raw promo, his first since his final broadcast WWF match in 1996. Warrior addressed a message to the audience and wrestlers past and present as his Ultimate Warrior character during what turned out to be his final public appearance.

The Ultimate Warrior WWE Achievements

2 – Time Intercontinental Champion

1 – Time WWF Champion

WWE Hall of Fame in 2014

How did The Ultimate Warrior died ?

The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular illness, according to an autopsy. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office performed James Hellwig’s autopsy. At a Scottsdale hotel, Hellwig, 54, fell while walking his wife to their car. The veteran professional wrestler was brought to a local hospital and pronounced dead. In the late 1980s, The Ultimate Warrior was one of pro wrestling’s top performers. He debuted in the WWE in 1987. He won the WWE Championship after defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI.