WWE legend The Ultimate Warrior dies aged 54 7 years ago

WWE legend The Ultimate Warrior dies aged 54

One of the biggest stars ever to grace the WWE, James Hellwig, AKA The Ultimate Warrior, passed away overnight. He was 54 years old.

The WWE released a statement confirming the death of The Ultimate Warrior only days after he had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and had made appearances at Wrestlemania 30 and on Monday Night Raw, which marked his first appearance on the show in 18 years.

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Warrior – Hellwig legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993 – is easily one of the most famous and one of the most popular wrestlers to have participated in the WWE and will be remembered for an epic victory over Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania XI, as well as his signature clothesline, running splash and gorilla press drop moves.

He fought in the WWE (then the WWF) from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1992 to 1996 and briefly fought in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1998 before retiring from professional wrestling in 1999 and beginning a public speaking career.

Warrior is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters and our thoughts are with them and his extended family at this difficult time.

May he rest in peace.