1980s Wrestlers: Where Are They Now

The Ultimate Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior


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Overall he is known in some form or fashion as Warrior, James Brian “Jim” Hellwig aka The Ultimate Warrior started his wrestling career in 1985 where he went on to become a two-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship once when he pinned Hulk Hogan in the main event. Starting out as a bodybuilder, his transition into professional wrestling was seamless where he had a long a prosperous career. 

He did encounter multiple dramas with Vince McMahon and the WWF during his career as he was a user of steroids and failed a drug test that got him suspended, which later led to an early retirement. During semi-retirement he dabbled in wrestling by opening a “Warrior University”, toured on the european circuit and wrestled in independent shows. 

In 1992, death rumors and multiple controversies where associated with him as some said he died due to all the steroids he had taken during his career. The WWE claims that the theory that a different man returned to play The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VIII remains “perhaps the longest standing urban legend in WWE history”. He finally retired in 1998 and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014. Only three days after his Hall of Fame induction, Warrior dropped dead of a heart attack after appearing the day before at WrestleMania XXX. He left behind two daughters from his second marriage and a giant legacy as the WWE called him “one of the most recognizable” wrestlers in history.

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