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WWE Great Ultimate Warrior Dead At 54

April 29, 2014 by admin

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By Katharine Friedman
     A bond between a father and daughter is a special thing. My dad and I share many memories, going to the park, Sunday lunch and watching wrestling. Every Monday night, we watched as superstars such as Goldberg and Hulk Hogan fought, but there was always one person my dad was looking forward to watch. A man with facial paint, a lot of energy and a mouth clearly not connected to the brain. His name: The Ultimate Warrior.
     Born James Hellwig but legally changed name to Warrior in 1993, Warrior made a name for himself in WWF/E, from 1987-1996 as a wrestler winning the Intercontinental Championship twice and WWF/E Championship once. He is considered as a legend in the business of wrestling for his non-stop energy and talks that sound just shy of crazy town. Fans loved the Warrior character. They dressed like him, stood up when his music started and cheered when he won.
     Despite his popularity with the fans, Warrior’s relationship with WWE chairman Vince McMahon was rocky. In 1991, after demanding a pay raise or he would walk away from the WWF, McMahon suspended Warrior indefinitely. Warrior left the organization, but was asked to return at WrestleMania 8 in 1992. He stayed with the WWF until he was released weeks before his tag team match at the 1992 Survivor Series.
     Warrior had another run with the WWF in 1996, but was shortly terminated after taking time off because his father had passed. McMahon knew that Warrior was not close to his father, and took it as an insult.
     The relationship between WWE and Warrior became calmer in 2013 when he agreed to become a part of WWE latest video game, WWE2K14 and became a downloadable player once a person bought the game.
     On April 5 2014, Warrior was inducted by his longtime friend Linda McMahon, wife of Vince, into the WWE Hall of Fame. He made appearances at WrestleMania 30 and Raw the following nights.
     On Tuesday, April 8, Warrior was helping his wife into a car when he collapsed. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at the age of 54. A report released on April 14 stated that Warrior died of a massive heart attack. Warrior leaves behind a wife, Donna, and two daughters, Indy and Mattigan.
     As a wrestling fan, I was deeply shocked and sadden by Warrior’s sudden death.
     He was just made an appearance on Raw thanking all of the fans for supporting him throughout his career and nearly 24 hours later he passed away. I was wondering how my dad was going to react to the news, but he called me to see how I was.
     On Monday, April 14, WWE paid tribute to Warrior on Monday Night Raw by showing clips of his greatest moments, including Wrestlemania 6 when Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF/E Championship. Wrestlers and fans also showed their respect for Warrior, donning his T-shirts and wearing masks similar to Warrior’s face paint. He will be missed by wrestling fans throughout the world. R.I.P. Warrior.
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