Wrestlers React to Death of WWE Legend Ultimate Warrior
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The Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars during the late ’80s and early ’90s, died Tuesday night. He was 54.
The Warrior, whose real name was James Brian Hellwig before he legally changed it to Warrior in 1993, was a two-time WWE Intercontinental champion and also defeated Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania IV for the heavyweight title, making him the only wrestler to hold both belts simultaneously.
This past Saturday night, the Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He then appeared at Sunday’s Wrestlemania XXX before making his return to WWE’s flagship program, ‘Raw,’ Monday, where he addressed his fans directly for the first time in years:
Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that’s larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers—by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever. I am the Ultimate Warrior, you are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever.
Several of his fellow wrestlers, both from the Warrior’s era and the current one, sent out their reactions via Twitter:
We talked,both forgave each other,we hugged ,we shook hands as we told each other I love you,I am so sad,God bless his beautiful family HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 9, 2014
We are all so sad that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away. Our heart is with his wife Dana and his two daughters.
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 9, 2014
Loss always has a way of reminding us to live and love as greatly as we can. My prayers and strength to his family. RIP Ultimate Warrior.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 9, 2014
So happy I embraced Warrior with a hug when we saw each other backstage Saturday night.My heart goes out to his family.Always Believe.
— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) April 9, 2014
After all these years I finally got 2 tell him that me shaking the ropes was an homage 2 him. Blessed to have had that moment. #onelife
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) April 9, 2014
Break my heart. I love you forever #RIPUltimateWarrior
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) April 9, 2014
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) April 9, 2014
Saddened to announce the passing of the Ultimate Warrior. Icon and friend. My sympathy to his wife Dana and his daughters
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 9, 2014
Of the people inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 2014 the smart money was on me and Jake checking out first….NOT the Warrior. RIP #BROTHER
— Scott Hall (@SCOTTHALLNWO) April 9, 2014
The Ultimate Warrior was a great man and a tremendous athlete. Rest in peace, my friend.
— Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) April 9, 2014
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 9, 2014
#RIPUltimateWarrior Your strength of character is to be admired. There will never be anyone like you. Your spirit lives on in your family.
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 9, 2014