R.I.P Ultimate Warrior

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    Apr 09, 2014 6:25 AM GMT
    The wrestling legend passed away today. And he was on WWE just last night! i loved watching him as a kid. Him and randy Savage made me interested in wrestling and pursue it. So bizarre he passes less than a few days after is WWE appearance. Almost wanted to think it was a ''hoax'' as part of a new storyline. But sadly it's real...

    R.I.P Warrior


    WWE says The Ultimate Warrior dead at 54
    Joshua A Barnett, USATODAY 2:05 a.m. EDT April 9, 2014

    (Photo: Jonathan Bachman, AP Images for WWE)

    Days after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame and a return to the company after an 18-year breakup, The Ultimate Warrior has died, according to a statement posted on the WWE website. He was 54.

    The news, posted late Tuesday night, led to a flood of tributes from fans and WWE performers and officials and comes on the day the WWE released a DVD in Warrior's honor.

    In the statement, the company said, "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. …

    "We are grateful just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior's family, friends and fans."

    Warrior was known for his energetic style, sprinting down the aisle to the ring, and violent shaking of the ropes to psych himself up.

    Warrior was born James Hellwig, but legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. He is survived by his wife Dana and daughters Indiana and Mattigan, who had accompanied him to the podium at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night in New Orleans.

    "We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away," WWE chairman Vince McMahon tweeted.

    Tweeted Stephanie McMahon, WWE's chief brand officer, "Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family."

    In his final public appearance Monday night, Warrior donned the long jacket with his image airbrushed on the back, similar to what he wore during his wrestling days, and put on a mask that looked like his trademark face paint. It was his first appearance on Raw since 1996.

    "No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own," he told the crowd. "Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.

    "I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever."

    The weekend events were a homecoming for Warrior with the WWE and a chance for fans to embrace him.

    "So happy I embraced Warrior with a hug when we saw each other backstage Saturday night," Kevin Nash tweeted. "My heart goes out to his family. Always Believe."

    Tweeted Dave Bautista, "After all these years I finally got 2 tell him that me shaking the ropes was an homage 2 him. Blessed to have had that moment."

    During his Hall of Fame speech, he credited WWE executive vice president Paul Levesque, a k a Triple H, for helping repair a relationship that had gone sour between Warrior and the WWE. Warrior had announced a multi-year arrangement to become an ambassador for the company.

    WWE released a DVD in 2005 called "The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior" that featured negative comments about the Warrior's work and persona from WWE officials and other performers. The Warrior was not part of the DVD and its release came after litigation between WWE and Warrior. During his speech, Warrior made reference several times to the DVD and said it was "just wrong" and "I wasn't a bad guy."

    Among the points of contention between Warrior and the WWE was who owned the name and likeness associated with the character.

    In the new DVD, "The Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection," Warrior says why he thought the previous DVD was flawed and goes on to highlight his start in the wrestling business and provide commentary on some of his best matches.

    Warrior began his wrestling career as part of a group of bodybuilders-turned-wrestlers in Southern California. His early career was marked by his work in a tag team known as the Blade Runners with Steve Borden, who would later become Sting. Warrior was known as Blade Runner Rock and Borden as Blade Runner Flash.

    His first use of the Warrior name came in the Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling where he worked as the Dingo Warrior and was billed as being from Queens, N.Y.

    Warrior came to the then-WWF in 1987 and was re-branded as The Ultimate Warrior. He held the Interncontinental title before "The Ultimate Challenge," the main event match at WrestleMania in Toronto in 1990. The bout against Hulk Hogan was for Hogan's WWF title and Warrior's Intercontinental title.

    Warrior won the title and was embraced and presented the belt by Hogan afterward, in a passing of the torch from the biggest star of the 1980s to one of the biggest stars of the 1990s.

    "RIP WARRIOR. only love. HH," Hogan tweeted Tuesday night. Hogan had said over the weekend that he hoped to mend some fences with the Warrior and lauded the Warrior's Hall of Fame speech.

    Warrior would leave the WWE twice and then return before an ill-fated and brief stint in World Championship Wrestling in 1998.

    "Devastated to hear of the passing of @UltimateWarrior," former wrestler Chris Jericho tweeted. "He was a childhood hero of mine & he vs @HulkHogan WM6 is still one of the best ever."
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    Apr 09, 2014 4:28 PM GMT
    Here's his Induction Speech from Wrestlemania this past weekend.

    His role was instrumental in ushering the twilight of the Hulkster's "WWF" good-guy run.
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    Apr 09, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    He was a 1 in a million total beast mode. He was my favorite old school wrestler of all all times.
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    Apr 09, 2014 4:33 PM GMT
    I heard someone from the WWE was in a concussion... was this him?
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    Apr 09, 2014 4:41 PM GMT
    owl_bundy saidhe died. from what??????? that's what i wanna know. dude was off his rocker though plus he was a long term roid abuser. plus he said some fucked up things, pissed a lot of folks off so i'm curious to see how some people are going to react to his death. rip though.

    just heard that he was on raw the other night. icon_neutral.gif

    Likely a cardiac condition. Once that's confirmed, how much roids or anything else contributed with his death will just be conjecture at that point.

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    Apr 09, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    Damn... icon_confused.gif


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    Apr 09, 2014 5:15 PM GMT
    His promo on RAW Monday night is almost eerie now knowing he would die the next day.
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    Apr 10, 2014 1:04 PM GMT
    (WARNING: Long reads ahead.) "Don't speak ill of the dead," I know. We'll just let UW's words speak for themselves.


    (Plenty of maniacal stuff I'm omitting here, definitely check out the link above.)

    DeadspinWarrior's most controversial comments came in the mid-2000s, when he made another career change, this time rebranding himself as a conservative commentator. At a Young Republicans-hosted event at UConn in 2005, he said (to gasps from the crowd) that "queering don't make the world work."

    (Gotta love the title: "Listen Gay Preverts!" Get a Brain, Morans! lol)

    DeadspinHe would walk back these comments somewhat, saying his intention was to point out that humans would go extinct if everyone were gay, but the new, right-wing Warrior couldn't stop talking. There was his remarkable reaction to Hurricane Katrina, in which he declared that the destruction of New Orleans was no big loss:

    James "Warrior" HellwigIf we could be shown what general conditions they lived in before the hurricane, we would see that had little respect for what they did have. We would see just how unorganized, unclean and dysfunctionally they lived. They never gave a care for order, cleanliness or function before, but now that they can get someone's attention who will possibly take over the responsibility of their life for them, they go on these tirades about how their life has been ruined. Their lives were already in ruin — self ruin. Ruined by the bad choices they made over and over.


    And they are fat. Have you ever seen so many fat people? Poverty? Poverty of what? Having enough to buy so much food to eat that you become obese — this is poverty? Only one TV? This is poverty? A house with a roof over your head? This is Poverty? Indoor plumbing? Electric appliances? Refrigeration? Phones? Cell phones? Computers? Designer clothes made by rap stars? $200 Nikes? Free medicine and medical care if you really need it? Is having all this poverty? What the hell, then, do we call the scenes they shoot out of Africa that they use to lay guilt trips down on all of us?

    They claim New Orleans was (is) a great city. Maybe once it was, I don't know. Too, maybe it's just always been corrupt as it has been for years and years. Truth is, today, it was nothing more than a pornographic cesspool of decadence and depravity. You know, an East Coast version of that Las Vegas take on vacation time — "what you do there stays there." You go there, drink and drink and drink and behave like a pervert, reprobate and degenerate, take a huge dose of antibiotics and a nice extra long shower before you hop on the plane back home, and, "Hey, who knows any better?" You go back to the church, PTA, and local council and "squarely" fit right back in. One thing is for sure, IF New Orleans ever was a great city, it certainly was not because it had leaders and citizenry like the leaders and citizenry it has today.

    Which town hosted his final major speeches? Yup, you guessed it.

    This speech, from an engagement at DePaul University, remains as a legacy on his WEBSITE:


    (I'm really holding back most of the text. Please read the whole thing linked above...)

    James "Warrior" HellwigOne of the premises that I put forward in my speech being that the fundamental difference between the ideological sides is "thinking vs feeling," the most enlivening emotional outbursts erupted when homosexuals were offended by my use of the word "queer." One guy without his husband and two physically-repulsive butch-dykes slurping on one another's tongues (really) on the front row had a real hard time cozying up to my principled heterosexual obstinacy. So, in an act of pure selfish pleasure the guy got himself physically thrown out by the masculine security guard, unmistakably loving every single masochistic, man-handled moment of it. And the dykes, well, they ran out screaming and yelling like speared wild boars that I was a homophobe for making my remarks. Rumor has it that they decided to exit more because I was not getting stimulated by watching their poorly performed two-nightcrawlers-in-heat act. Ah, the incredible, selfless sacrifices the liberal loons will make on behalf of their cause...warms my heart and makes my whole body laugh.

    Truth is, I waited all evening and purposefully kept pushing the “queer” button to learn if anyone would admit what was well known by everyone in attendance and easily verifiable by walking over to another office/classroom just steps away. Nice, reasonable guy that I am, my real fault was that I extended too much benefit of the doubt. You see, DePaul has a “Queer Studies” program.

    The hypocrisy I am pointing out is really the least of DePaul's problems. It seems, looking at the life rules of Catholicism, that many of those endorsing queers and a Queer Studies program may just end up burning in an eternal hell. WOW! DePaul, you see, is the Nation's largest Catholic University. And as Nick made clear: DePaul's queers, and more seriously, DePaul's administration, "are arguing for immorality and arguing for a lifestyle that stands inexorably against the Roman Catholic Church...

    It has never been my goal to pick a fight against homosexuality or homosexuals and make it the centerpiece of my speaking career. Extreme attention drawn to my use of the word "queer" is not something I went looking for. And it is not what I will be concentrating on in the future. I am simply handling the situation as it unfolds. In fact, until the UConn event, there was never any unhinged fussiness about my usual “legitimate vs illegitimate” comparisons that I always point out during my speech, of which there are many and “queers vs heterosexuals” is but one. Since the ruckus at that event and the underground hit the video of it has become, more distractors are aware and they, as the DePaul radicals showed, come emotionally premeditated (premedicated maybe better to say) to express over the top histrionics. It is precisely because of this insane mischief they generate that I refuse to give up using the word once I have...

    What I do mean by my use of the word “queer” is generally properly understood by most people who think and use reason. I mean that queer means abnormal (as it actually does) and homosexuality is abnormal going by the long-standing guide nature provides us as human beings. This is the guide I use to run my life. Even morality for me is to accept what kind of 'being' I am by nature (a rational animal with the power of free will) and what I must do as that unique 'being' to make my life work in the World that I exist in (use the power of that free will to choose correctly and effectively between the moral alternatives). As for sexuality, there is a man and a woman and they are naturally created to be different and --
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    Apr 10, 2014 1:08 PM GMT
    CONTINUED! (Told ya this was long.)

    James "Warrior" Hellwig...My infamous comment that “Queering doesn't make the World work” means exactly what thinking-people know it does. It simply means queers cannot continue the existence of mankind because they cannot procreate. Even for a queer to come into existence, organic reproductive conception must happen between the two unique sexes, male and female. For me, as for many others, this 'natural necessity' emboldens my belief about what is normal and abnormal. There is nothing more to it than that. I got news for any heterophobe -- whether you ever 'bed' with the opposite sex or not, they are forever sexually embedded in you. My statement does not mean homosexuals cannot contribute productively, effectively and positively to the World. The statement does not mean that I think all queers should be rounded up and confined to their own colony. Although San Francisco seems be doing this all by itself -- and not in a very healthy way, mind you...

    "Do not speak ill of the dead..."

    DeadspinIn 2008, Warrior weighed in on the death of Heath Ledger (whom he repeatedly called "Leather Hedger"), and declared that no one should mourn for a drug user who starred in a gay propaganda film.

    (This is also on his website)


    James "Warrior" Hellwig (full sarcasm meter on)In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you I have watched Brokeback Mountain no less than 45 times and I own the Limited Edition DVD, signed by Willie Nelson a short time after he wrote that queer cowboy song as a tribute to the courage of the producers and actors who broke such incredible creative ground when they made their agenda-less movie. Serious. Until I saw Bendover Brokeback, Braveheart was my favorite movie. But the love scenes of Brokeback sucked me right in and I had no choice but to give myself over to the passion of its wide open range, if you get my drift. Such courage this young man and his colleagues have. Reminds me of the courage of classic movie stars, where during the War they enlisted and flew bomber planes and fought on frontlines, then came back and picked up their lives and careers right where they left off, without anti-American sentiment, whining and complaining, or self-destructive self indulgence. I'm equally inspired.

    James "Warrior" Hellwig (sarcasm set to "off")By today's standard, though, I do have to agree that he was a great father. Perhaps even greater then the father of the year, Hulk Hogan. After all, Leather Hedger did what it took to kill himself. His kid is without a father, yes, but the negative influence is now removed and his own child has the chance for a full recovery.

    According to Deadspin, this was a response to an invitation to appear on WWE when he and the organization (jerkwad Vince McMahon, in particular) remained at bitter odds. This followed a 2005 "hit piece" DVD issued by WWE on the "self-destruction" of the Warrior.

    James "Warrior" HellwigOf course, I do NOT accept this brainless, disgraceful invitation. FUCK NO, I do not. You can rescue yourself, Vince. Do your own damage control. I've no ear for your begging anymore. Only if you were on fire would I help you — it'd just be too hard to resist pissing on you...

    Order the queer and the cripple who host the show to read what I have written here and here, and while they do that have them hold up mirrors looking at themselves so they can know exactly the kind of people in your organization I'm writing about. No apologies — I don't discriminate for the handicapped who sign on to behave degenerately.
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    Tom KeiserIt took me years to completely realize that I was gay, but even then I realized that something about these cartoonish bodies that made me feel different, and that this was especially true about the Ultimate Warrior’s. Nothing further came of these thoughts at the time, but upon hearing Warrior’s later opinions on LGBT rights, including his bizarre anti-eulogy of Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger, I could only frown at what a former childhood hero believed in, and then laugh at the sheer irony of one of my formative early crushes being a rampant, raving homophobe...

    Tom KeiserWarrior’s official blog, which appears to have been dormant since at least 2009, still includes a longform post describing a visit to DePaul University. It mostly rails against the “queer” attendees disagreeing with his political platform, deems a Catholic university that has an LGBT studies program to be hypocritical, and consistently tries to take back the term “queer” as something to mock non-heterosexual individuals. It’s hard to take someone too seriously who takes himself too seriously, and so it’s easier to sigh than seethe with rage upon reading this article.

    As I near 30, I appreciate pro wrestling in different ways than I did growing up. To wrestle is to risk shortening your life in order to perform dramatic yet supremely childish acts; it is, often, to take drugs which will screw your body and your mind while still having to cut promos about the dangers of cigarette smoking. There are heroes, and there are survivors, and by the end of the Ultimate Warrior’s life, he seemed to me more a survivor than a hero.

    It makes sense, in a way, that it would be a professional wrestler -- a man who was outsized and overstuffed for a living -- who so well embodied the vast hypocrisies within ourselves as individuals and as a nation, and who showed how, within this hypocrisy, we all find ways to be truly alive. This is a good way to eulogize Jim Hellwig, the man, the warrior, The Ultimate Warrior. Walt Whitman’s line about containing multitudes would’ve sounded both great and strange in Warrior’s booming voice. But it would’ve been something if we could have heard him say it. It might have helped us to understand just what these words truly meant. At least until he asked about Whitman’s wife, at which point it would be time to change the subject.
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    Apr 10, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    One more absolutely awesome rememberance of the Ultimate (Keyboard) Warrior, from 2005. Meet his internet-stalking "Director of Communications," "Chris" "Lewis"...

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    Apr 10, 2014 2:58 PM GMT
    owl_bundy saiddayumm, it's well known fact that the warrior was a nutjob. icon_lol.gif he burned a lot of bridges which was why it took him a long ass time to get that hall of fame shit. wouldn't be surprised if vince got his ass merked.

    You know if you're a pro-wrestler, and you've got legions of well-piledriven fellow wrestlers all looking at you like, icon_confused.gif , it's time to reconsider your stance on a lot of things. Maybe that's why he stopped all the hateblog typing by 2009. The old, "If you have nothing nice to say..." rule finally kicked in, maybe? Not sure when, or if, he cut out the speaking engagements, too.

    Still, karma is still coming after Vince following that 2005 Warrior hack-DVD WWE put out. (The Ted Turner/WCW and ECW hacks were understandable, but Vince going in on Warrior was just unnecessary.)
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    Apr 13, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    I really loved the way his body looked. I thought he had one the best bodies I've ever seen. Absolutely perfect size and proportions.

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    May 08, 2014 3:01 PM GMT
    At the hall of fame he regained my respect when everyone expected him to make a fool of himself he stood his ground. As a kid i did like the warrior he was def an important part of the sports entertainment industry . I think some people know their time is up . He probably knew and its awesome that warrior and wwe made peace. RIP thanks for the memories.