The Ultimate Warrior was a North American professional wrestling superstar unlike any other before or after him, a character seemingly out of a comic book or a Saturday morning television cartoon and one remembered as much for his antics outside of the ring as he was beloved because of the matches that he had while working for the WWE. Warrior's knack for sprinting to the ring before contests and his history for cutting promos that left many baffled made him a polarizing figure among many in the business, even though fans around the world loved him.
What is the biggest knock on Warrior as a performer other than some crazy interview segments that made little sense to the majority of those listening was that he was not known for being a smooth in-ring worker. Some critics would go so far to say that Warrior was a bad wrestler who was only pushed to the top of WWE cards because of his bodybuilder physique. While there is probably some truth in those opinions, nobody can objectively go back and reflect on Warrior's time with the WWE and honestly say that he did not get over with fans.
Would a gimmick similar to that which belonged to Warrior during the prime of his pro wrestling career work in the modern World Wrestling Entertainment? Probably not, but it is that nostalgia that makes him so special to so many even after his tragic passing which occurred in 2014. For those who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Warrior was a true childhood hero, and that he never once turned heel while working for one of the top promotions on the continent solidified the performer as a legend of the industry in the eyes of those who followed him for decades.
15 Bodybuilding Days
13 Before He Was Ultimate...
12 Jake Roberts and Warrior feud
11 “Motivational” Speaker
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10 Comic Book Character
9 Matches Against Andre The Giant
8 Notorious Awards
7 Warrior and Vince McMahon Feud Was Real
6 Real-life Warrior
One of the lawsuits that involved Warrior, Vince McMahon and the WWE was the wrestler's desire to use the character’s name in his real-life dealings. The performer, born James Hellwig, legally changed his name to Warrior, and both he and the WWE claimed that they owned the trademark rights to the character. It was Warrior who won out in the end and his children even have the last name of Warrior and not Hellwig. It is fitting in that no other man possibly could have lived the Warrior gimmick as did Hellwig, although there was a time when some wrestling fans had doubts about even that.
5 Those Death Rumors
4 Warrior Said He'd Never Return to WWE
3 Warrior Was Only a One-time WWE Champion
2 Hulk Hogan and Warrior Feud Was Real
1 The Hogan vs. Warrior Feud Continues?
Hogan has, during interviews and WWE segments, stated that he and Warrior came together at the 2014 WWE Hall of Ceremony and put all harsh feelings aside. Following Warrior's passing, however, his widow claimed in a statement that she and her family had not heard from Hogan following her husband's unexpected death, according to the New York Post. That was not be the first time that claims of Hogan burying the hatchet with a former rival came under fire, as there remain questions whether or not Hogan and Randy Savage were on speaking terms when Savage passed away. Hogan, for what it is worth, has the reputation for being a worker who is “on” 24 hours a day.
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