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Ultimate Warrior

Warrior (born James Brian Hellwig; born June 16, 1959), under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior, is an American professional wrestler.



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, Barry Horowitz, and Mike Sharpe. He made his television debut as The Ultimate Warrior on the October 25 episode of Wrestling Challenge, where he defeated another jobber, Terry Gibbs.

WrestleMania V (1989)

Rude and Warrior were booked to face each other in a "Super Posedown" at Royal Rumble on January 15, 1989. The winner had to be decided by a fan reaction, where Warrior won the posedown. After the posedown, a furious and angry Rude attacked Warrior. This led to a feud between the two and an Intercontinental Heavyweight Title match at WrestleMania V.

WrestleMania VI (1990)

On February 3, 1990, a week after Hogan and Warrior crossed paths in the 1990 Royal Rumble match, Hogan put forth "The Ultimate Challenge" to Warrior, and had to know whether Hulkamania or the power of Warrior was the strongest force in the WWE.

On February 10, the match was officially announced as the main event of WrestleMania VI by then WWE President Jack Tunney. On February 24, Tunney announced that both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship would be on the line for the first-time ever during the match.

WrestleMania VII (1991)

"The Macho King" Randy Savage was desperately trying to regain the WWE championship since he lost the title at WrestleMania V and challenged Warrior repeatedly to give him a shot. Warrior continually refused to do so and Savage decided to seek another remedy.

During the match between Warrior and Slaughter at 1991 Royal Rumble, Savage and his manager Queen Sherri came to ringside and got involved in the match. Warrior picked up an interfering Sherri and tossed her from the ring onto Savage. Slaughter capitalized by driving Warrior down, leaving him hanging on the second rope. Savage then struck Warrior with his royal scepter as Slaughter kept the referee's attention, knocking the champion unconscious. After he came to and realized what Savage had done, Warrior charged to the back looking for Savage. He then issued a challenge for a retirement match for the two at WrestleMania, which Savage accepted.

Off wrestling appearances

The Ultimate Warrior saves Hulk Hogan from the beating of Sid Justice and Papa Shango, after Hogan won the match via disqualification at WrestleMania VIII.

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulations Date
Ultimate Warrior Hercules (with Bobby Heenan) Atlantic City, New Jersey IV Singles match March 27, 1988
Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan) Ultimate Warrior Atlantic City, New Jersey V Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship April 2, 1989
Ultimate Warrior (IC Champion) Hulk Hogan (WWE Champion) Toronto, Ontario VI Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental and WWE Championship April 1, 1990
Ultimate Warrior Randy Savage (with Queen Sherri) Los Angeles, California VII Retirement match March 24, 1991
Ultimate Warrior Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Sable) Anaheim, California XII Singles match March 31, 1996


Warrior Award

Year Image Recipent Presented By Notes
2015 Connor "The Crusher" Michalek Dana Warrior and Daniel Bryan Posthumous recipient/inductee: Represented by his father Steve and brother Jackson. Eight-year-old WWE fan who died of cancer. "Connor's Cure" cancer charity fund established in his honor by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, run by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.
2016 Joan Lunden Dana Warrior Long-time former co-host of Good Morning America. Returned to the public eye in recent years for openly discussing her breast cancer diagnosis.
Spokeswoman for Susan G. Komen.
2017 Eric LeGrand Dana Warrior Former Rutgers University football player. LeGrand was paralyzed during the 2010 game against Army. He has gone on to become a renowned motivational speaker.
2018 Jarrius "JJ" Robertson Dana Warrior Double liver transplant survivor

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Ultimate Splash (Running splash, either to a face up or face down opponent)
  • Signature moves
    • Atomic drop
    • Gorilla press drop
    • Leaping shoulder block
    • Multiple clotheslines
    • Multiple sole kicks to a cornered opponent
  • Entrance themes
    • "Castle Walls" by Styx (CWA/Mid-South/UWF; 1985–1986)
    • "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf (WCCW; 1986)
    • "The Warrior" by Scandal (WCCW/WWF; 1986–1987)
    • "Unstable" by Jim Johnston (WWF/E)
    • "The Ultimate Return" by AnAkA (NWE)
    • "One Warrior Nation" (WCW; 1998)

Championships and accomplishments

  • Nu-Wrestling Evolution
    • NWE World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Comeback of the Year (1992)
    • Feud of the Year (1991) vs. The Undertaker
    • Match of the Year (1990) vs. Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI
    • PWI ranked him No. 9 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1992
    • PWI ranked him No. 101 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • World Class Wrestling Association
    • WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Lance Von Erich


  • All his attires from WWE 2K15's "Path of the Warrior" DLC reappears in WWE 2K16 (excluding SummerSlam '91 following Hogan's departure due to racist scandal).
  • Him, Randy SavageVader, andLex Luger are the only superstars with a different attire in 2K18.
WWE Champions
Bruno SammartinoBob Backlund ● Iron Sheik ● Hulk HoganAndré the GiantUltimate WarriorSgt. SlaughterUndertakerRic FlairBret HartYokozunaDieselShawn MichaelsSycho SidStone Cold Steve AustinKaneThe RockMankindTriple HMr. McMahonBig ShowKurt AngleChris JerichoBrock LesnarEddie GuerreroJBLJohn CenaEdgeRob Van DamRandy OrtonJeff HardyBatista ● Sheamus ● The Miz ● CM Punk ● Alberto Del Rio ● Daniel Bryan
WWE Intercontinental Champions
Pat PattersonGreg ValentineRandy SavageRicky SteamboatThe Honky Tonk ManUltimate WarriorRick RudeMr. PerfectThe Texas TornadoBret HartRoddy PiperBritish BulldogShawn MichaelsRazor Ramon ● Diesel ● Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple HRocky Maivia/The RockStone Cold Steve AustinKen ShamrockRoad DoggThe GodfatherEdgeD'Lo BrownChris JerichoKurt AngleRikishiEddie GuerreroBilly GunnJeff HardyKaneAlbertChristianWilliam RegalRob Van DamBooker TRandy OrtonRic Flair ● CM Punk ● JBLBig ShowDaniel Bryan ● The Miz