When The Ultimate Warrior died in 2014, it was probably the most eerie deaths in pro wrestling. In the days leading up to his passing, Warrior had made peace with the WWE and many of his former colleagues after years of estrangement, and had cut an unforgettable speech on Monday Night Raw. With many fans of the belief that he knew his days were numbered, he died one day later after succumbing to a heart attack. And while it seemed that Warrior had gotten closure for many things in his colorful and often controversial life, a new report suggests that he wasn’t at all happy, and not at all financially stable in his final days. Worse, the report also alleges that his wife, Dana, was on the verge of leaving him.
A report from Wrestling News cited a comment on The Ultimate Warrior’s official Facebook page, with the man claiming to be the late WWE Hall of Famer’s brother, Jay Hellwig. Referring to his brother by his original nickname of Jim, Jay claimed that he had long been trying to talk about Warrior’s issues, only to see his comments deleted or blocked. But based on his conversations with his brother shortly before his death, Jay Hellwig said that Warrior was “out of money” and miserable, and at a point where Dana and their two daughters were allegedly about to leave him.
In what can be referred to at some heavy-handed accusations against Dana Warrior, Jay Hellwig repeatedly referred to his brother’s widow as “fake,” accusing her of being a gold-digger from the time he first met her when she was 22 and fresh out of college. He alleged that Dana called her mother-in-law “1,015 times a day” for the first two days after Warrior’s death, hounding her for what may have been the money she was to inherit from her late husband.
Below are Jay’s further comments on Dana Warrior, edited for clarity, as he accuses her of being a hypocrite through her appearances as a WWE ambassador, and alleges that Warrior wanted to make peace with the WWE so that he could preserve his marriage.
“And now to see her stand up like she has something to say that’s worth listening too [sic], it’s pathetic. Like I said, Jim dying was the best thing ever happened to her. Why do you think he went back to WWE? So his wife wouldn’t leave him.”
In conclusion, Jay Hellwig acknowledged that The Ultimate Warrior was no saint and was, as he sees it, a “controlling, self-centered narcissist.” At the end of the day, however, they were still brothers.
As we mentioned above, it's quite a thing to talk about your brother's marital and financial problems, and call his wife a gold-digger. The fact that Jay Hellwig made those claims three years after Warrior's death also makes his words worth taking with a grain of salt. It will be interesting to hear Dana Warrior's side of the story, though she has yet to issue any comment as of this writing.