This led to jake "The Snake" Roberts offering to give warrior "the knowledge of the dark side" in order to prepare warrior to take his revenge on the Undertaker. This involved Roberts giving Warrior three "tests" shown on wwf tv in consecutive weeks. For the first test, roberts locked Warrior inside of a coffin for a second time. 34 For the second test, warrior was "buried alive" by roberts. 34 For the third test, the warrior entered a room full of snakes, 34 to find "the answer" in a chest in the middle of the room. Waiting inside the chest was a spitting Cobra, which bit Warrior in the face. As Warrior weakened from the effects of the cobra's strike, roberts made a heel turn and was joined by the Undertaker and paul bearer, revealing the three were working together all along. Roberts then uttered, "never trust a snake." 34 The stage was now set for a feud between the warrior and Roberts.
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31 In January 1991, warrior faced Sgt. Slaughter at the royal Rumble. Slaughter's gimmick at the time was a traitor who had betrayed America by aligning himself with an Iraqi ( kayfabe ) entry military general, general Adnan. In the context of the gulf War, this made Slaughter one of the most hated heels at the time. After rejecting an earlier request to biography grant a title shot to savage, sensational Sherri interjected herself in the warrior's championship match to distract him. Her interference eventually led to a savage sneak attack, where he struck warrior over the head with a metal scepter and allowed Slaughter to pin Warrior to win the title. 15 Warrior went on to feud with savage, and the rivalry culminated in a "Career Ending" match at WrestleMania vii which Warrior won, forcing savage to retire. 33 Various feuds (19911992) The next chapter of Warrior's career was an encounter with The Undertaker, after Undertaker and his manager, paul bearer, locked Warrior in a coffin on the set of bearer's Funeral Parlor. Wwf officials worked feverishly to break the casket open, finally revealing Warrior's seemingly lifeless body, and the torn fabric inside of the coffin indicating Warrior's desperate struggle to get out. Warrior was finally revived by the officials performing cpr.
Perfect and Ted dibiase. At SummerSlam, he retained the working title over Rick rude in a steel cage match. 31 "Macho man" Randy savage was also introduced as a potential rival after interfering in a the main event title match at the behest of dibiase. Citation needed warrior was inserted into the feud between The legion of doom and Demolition, leading to victories for the warrior and lod in six-man tag team matches in house shows as well as the October 13, 1990 airing of Saturday night's main event. The feud culminated at Survivor Series, where The warriors (Ultimate warrior, lod and Kerry von Erich) defeated The perfect team (Mr. For the third consecutive year, warrior was the sole survivor for his team. He later survived the "Grand Finale match of Survival" with Hulk hogan.
Warrior eliminated André by knocking him out of the ring, moliere where he was counted out. Warrior was again the sole survivor, pinning Arn Anderson and Bobby heenan to win the match. 30 wwf world heavyweight Champion (19901991) The warrior received a push as wwf's main event successor to hulk hogan, who had remained wrestling's biggest star throughout the 1980s. Following a few confrontations with Hogan, most notably at the 1990 royal Rumble, the warrior was written in as Hogan's opponent in the main event for WrestleMania vi at the skydome in Toronto. The match was billed as "The Ultimate Challenge as both Hogan's wwf world heavyweight Championship and Warrior's Intercontinental heavyweight Championship were on the line. Warrior pinned Hogan after a warrior Splash to become the only wrestler to hold both championships simultaneously. 31 Warrior vacated the Intercontinental Championship (which. Perfect then won in a tournament as wwf rules prohibited a wrestler from holding both titles. 32 After WrestleMania, warrior successfully defended the championship against haku,.
Intercontinental heavyweight Champion (19881990) Warrior was known for his high energy entrances Less than a year after his wwf television debut, warrior, a surprise substitute for the injured Brutus beefcake, won the Intercontinental heavyweight Championship, defeating The honky tonk man in a 27-second squash match. 26 As champion, he captained a team at Survivor Series '88, where he was the sole survivor, pinning Outlaw Ron Bass and Greg Valentine in succession to win the match for his team. 26 As 1989 began, warrior entered a feud with Rick rude over the Intercontinental title. The feud was sparked at the 1989 royal Rumble, where the two met in a "super posedown". After Warrior drew the support of the live crowd in their judging of the contest, rude attacked Warrior and choked him with a steel bar. This led to a championship match at WrestleMania v, where rude pinned Warrior to win the title with the help of his manager Bobby heenan, who held down Warrior's foot from outside the ring as he was being pinned. 30 At SummerSlam, warrior defeated Rude to regain the title and become a two-time Intercontinental heavyweight Champion. 30 Warrior then began a feud with André the giant, leading to a number of house shows in which Warrior defeated Andre in short squash matches, establishing Warrior as a main event level talent. The feud culminated at Survivor Series where the two captained opposing teams.
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The warrior then proceeded to cut the promo and stated that he was not this warrior or that warrior, he was The Ultimate warrior. 1989, he appeared in several tv ads for Westway ford, a car dealership in Irving, texas. Warrior interacted in full wrestling costume with Westway's wacky character, "Mean joe greed." shakespeare 20 21 World Wrestling Federation (19871992) Early push (19871988) Warrior at a wwf event Hellwig joined the world Wrestling Federation (WWF) in June 1987. First competing on house shows under his Dingo warrior moniker, he defeated a series of jobbers, including Steve lombardi, 22 Barry horowitz 23 and mike sharpe. 24 he made his television debut as The Ultimate warrior on the October 25 episode of Wrestling Challenge, where he defeated another jobber, terry gibbs. 25 The Ultimate warrior became known for his high-energy ring entrances, which featured him racing into the arena at full speed, bursting into the ring, and violently shaking the ropes up and down. He was also known for his distinctive pattern of face paint.
After several months of defeating jobbers, he was pinned for the first time in the wwf by fellow wwf rookie/future rival Rick rude on December 28, 1987. 26 In early 1988, warrior entered into his first real wwf feud with fellow strongman Hercules Hernandez. The two faced off on the february 7, 1988 airing of Wrestling Challenge, where hercules was disqualified for using his steel chain. 27 Warrior then grabbed a hold of the chain and in the midst of a tug of war over it, the chain snapped. 27 This led to a match at WrestleMania iv, where warrior was victorious in his pay-per-view debut. 26 Warrior lost twice by pinfall shortly thereafter: cleanly to André the giant in April in Italy, 28 and to dino Bravo, who put his feet on the ropes for leverage, in Montreal in June. 29 In the summer of 1988, he wrestled Bobby heenan in a series of weasel suit matches, in which Warrior won by sleeper hold.
On november 17, 1986, warrior and Von Erich defeated Master gee (substituting for champion buzz sawyer ) and Matt Borne to win the title. They held the Championship until December 1 of that year, when they lost to Al Madril and Brian Adias. 16 In 1987, warrior began competing for the wcwa texas heavyweight Championship, losing to bob Bradley in a tournament final on January. He won the title from Bradley on February 2 of that year. The title was held up in April 1987 after Warrior left the wccw.
He was reinstated as champion upon returning, but vacated it once more upon resigning from wccw to join the world Wrestling Federation, where he adopted the ring name The Ultimate warrior. 17 Warrior began appearing on house shows in June and was initially billed as The dingo warrior in house card promos by gene okerlund, but soon had his name modified. There is dispute over who created the Ultimate warrior name. Bruce Prichard stated that Vince McMahon did not know what a "Dingo" Warrior was, but because there was the "Modern day warrior" Kerry von Erich and The road Warriors there should not be one more simple warrior, but the ultimate warrior. 18 Warrior claims after one of his first matches, McMahon had him do a pretaped promo. It was there vince said we want you to do warrior, but we don't want Dingo.
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The Blade runners went on to wrestle for the mid-south Wrestling promotion, which became the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) in 1986. According to joseph laurinaitis (aka road Warrior Animal uwf owner Bill Watts created the Blade runners and the intent was to make them a parody of The road Warriors. 14 They were part of Eddie gilbert 's Hotstuff International group, before disbanding in 1986 when Hellwig left the uwf. 15 World Class Championship Wrestling (19861987) In 1986, warrior debuted in the dallas, texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling (wccw) promotion, where he wrestled for 50 a night. He has stated that he adopted the ring name "Dingo warrior" after a member of the wccw locker room remarked that he looked like "a warrior". 10 This stood in contrast with a claim made by road Warrior Animal, who stated that the dingo warrior was a recreation of Warrior's Blade runner gimmick and was an attempt to present himself as an offspring of The road Warriors. 14 Initially warrior was still a heel in the territory, managed by gary hart, although he was cheered during a heel versus heel feud with wcwa world heavyweight Champion Rick rude after the two fell out during a tag match. After switching managers to percival Pringle iii, warrior turned babyface permanently after a falling out with fellow Pringle proteges buzz sawyer and Matt Borne after a six-man tag match. Warrior formed a tag team with Lance von Erich, and the duo began competing for the wcwa world Tag team Championship.
Georgia title the following year. His last bodybuilding contest was 1985's Junior usas, which was won by future ifbb pro, ron love. 9 In 1985, after spending six weeks in California training for a bodybuilding contest, he was invited to join a group of bodybuilders garland Donoho, mark miller, and Steve borden to form a professional wrestling team. Warrior accepted the invitation and abandoned his bodybuilding career as well as his plans to become a chiropractor. Professional wrestling career Early career (19851986) main article: Blade runners Hellwig began his professional wrestling career as Jim "Justice" Hellwig of Powerteam usa, the group of bodybuilders trained by red Bastien and Rick bassman. 13 Later, they wrestled as The Freedom Fighters (Hellwig was known as Justice and Borden was called Flash) in Memphis' continental Wrestling Association under manager Dutch Mantel. Hellwig and Steve borden (who later had success as "Sting formed a tag team called The Blade runners; Hellwig was "Blade runner Rock" and Borden was "Blade runner Flash". Debuting in the memphis, tennessee-based Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) promotion, run by jerry jarrett, the team played baby faces at first, but fans were actually slow to take to the hulking duo in a territory that all had featured sympathetic "good guy tag teams" like the. They were quickly turned heel as The Blade runners.
to Indiana, where he graduated from veedersburg 's fountain Central High School and attended Indiana State University for a year. 6 Bodybuilding career Prior to his career in professional wrestling Hellwig was an amateur bodybuilder, 7 competing in a number of npc contests and winning the 1984 npc. 8 Hellwig started training with weights when he was 11 years old and described himself as "the small, insecure kid who wasn't into any sports". 7 he moved to california where, after seeing bodybuilder Robby robinson, he decided to take up the sport. His first contest took place in Florida, where he placed 5th. Later, while he was attending Life University in Marietta, georgia, he won the junior Atlanta contest and placed 5th at the 1981 aau collegiate. In 1983, he won the aau coastal usa, before taking the.
Hulk hogan in the main event at, wrestleMania vi in, toronto, making him the first wrestler to hold both titles concurrently. He retired from professional wrestling in 1998 and embarked on a public speaking career, but wrestled one final match in Spain in 2008. Warrior died on April 8, 2014, at the age of. Over the preceding three days, he had been inducted into the. Wwe hall of Fame, appeared at, wrestleMania xxx and made his final public appearance. Raw, returning to the promotion after an acrimonious separation since 1996. Contents, early life, warrior was born in 1959 as James Brian Hellwig, 4 in Crawfordsville, indiana.
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For other uses, see, the Ultimate warrior (disambiguation). Warrior (born, james Brian Hellwig ; June 16, 1959 April 8, 2014) was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name. The dom Ultimate warrior for the world Wrestling Federation (wwf, now. Wwe ) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 19During his 1998 stint. World Championship Wrestling (wcw he was known as, the warrior. Before wwf, he was known. World Class Championship Wrestling (wccw) as, dingo warrior. While in the wwf, warrior became a two-time, wwf intercontinental heavyweight Champion and won the, wwf world heavyweight Championship once when he pinned.