I still remember reading in shock that the Ultimate Warrior had passed away just 24 hours after making his first WWE Raw appearance in 18 years. It is hard to imagine that he has been gone now for a little over a year as that means to remember that surreal 3 day span following Warrior's induction into the WWE Hall of Fame at WrestleMania 30. Formerly known as Jim Hellwig until he legally changed his name to just Warrior, Jim left an interesting past in wrestling business one that fans still take about to this day.
A day after Warrior would have turned 56 we look back at one of the most interesting characters in the history of this great sport. Warrior was a great man because he wasn't afraid to tell you what was on his mind and didn't care what you thought about what he said. Sometime that got him into trouble like when he walked away from WWF in 1996 after a short run with the company.
But that isn't what this is about, this is about celebrating one of the WWE's greatest characters they helped perfect. Some of you may not know, but Warrior actually was the Dingo Warrior before debuting in the WWE and having his name changed to the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior started in the UWF as a part of the team known as the Blade Runners with his partner known as Blade Runner Flash later known as Sting. Once their team split so did Warrior and he found his first bit of success as member of the WCCW. Then in 1987 when he signed with the WWE his stock really began to take off and by 1989 he began in opinion one of his better feuds with Rick Rude over the Intercontinental Championship. As the years went by the Warrior's stock grew and then it reached the point where Warrior was putting his Intercontinental Title on the line against Hulk Hogan's WWF Championship in the Main Event of WrestleMania in Toronto. Warrior would become WWE Champion and would eventually drop the title to SGT Slaughter at the 1990 Royal Rumble match. This would lead to Warrior's greatest match in my opinion his WrestleMania "Retirement Match" against Randy Savage. Which Warrior would win and Randy would end up retiring. Other then short runs in both WCW & WWE in the mid to late 1990's Warrior really stayed away from the business until last year when it was announced The Ultimate Warrior was taking his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Below are two videos, one from the night he returned on Raw and the other is the night he won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania:
Warrior's Let Him Hear You!!!
Gone but Never Forgotten
His Memory Will Live forever!!!
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.