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Ultimate Warrior





Real Name: Jim Hellwig/Warrior

Alias: Justice, Bladerunner Rock, Dingo Warrior

Date Of Birth: 16/06/1959

From: Parts Unknown/Crawfordsville, Indiana/Scottsdale, Arizona

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 275 pounds

Finishing Moves: Warrior Splash, Warrior Press (Gorilla Press Slam)

Titles Held: WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship
WCCW World Tag Team Title
WWF World Championship
WWF Intercontinental Championship (2)

Greatest Matches: vs Hulk Hogan, Wrestlemania VI
vs Macho Man Randy Savage, Wrestlemania VII

Famous Feuds: Hercules, Ravishing Rick Rude, Earthquake, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Sgt Slaughter, Macho Man Randy Savage


Biography

Jim Hellwig began wrestling in November 1985 in Memphis for Jerry Lawler/Jerry Jarrett promotions. He started out as part of a quartet of former body builders known as Powerteam USA. The members of the team were Jim "Justice" Hellwig, Steve "Flash" Borden, Mark "Commando" Miller and Garland "Glory" Donnoho. The team was made fun of for being more muscle than skill. Hellwig and Steve Borden broke from the group and formed a tag team called The Fredom Fighters in which both men kept their Powerteam USA names. They soon turned heel and renamed themselves The Bladerunners in which Hellwig changed his name to Rock and Borden changed his name to the more familiar Sting. They wrestled together in the Universal Wrestling Federation until after a contract dipute Hellwig moved on to World Class Championship Wrestling and started wrestling as Dingo Warrior. Dingo Warrior was essentially a poorer version of The Ultimate Warrior. He had the trademark face paint and arm-bands but still had some developing to do with the character. At first in WCCW Dingo was a heel managed by Percy Pringle III, better known as WWF's Paul Bearer. Warrior eventually turned on Pringle and became a face and would remian so for the rest of his wrestling career. In WCCW he continued learning and developing and on 17/11/86 he won his first honours in the wrestling business when he and Lance Von Erich defeated Matt Borne and Master Gee in Fort Worth Texas for the WCCW World Tag Team Titles. They held the titles only until 01/12/86 when they were defeated by Al Mandril and Brian Adias. On 02/02/87 Dingo Warrior won his first ever singles title when he became Texas Heavyweight Champion defeating Bob Bradley in Fort Worth, Tx. He held this title until 21/06/87 when he lost it to Al Perez in Puerto Rico. Despite the loss the world had gotten a glimpse of what eventually became one of the most recognisable figures ever to set foot in a wrestling arena.

Several promotions had taken notice of Dingo Warrior and approached Hellwig with offers. Antonio Inoki and New Japan Pro Wrestling outlined details of a new monster charachter they wanted Hellwig to portray in their promotion. Hellwig of course turned them down in favour of the World Wrestling Federation.
In 1987 The Dingo Warrior made his debut in The World Wrestling Federation. He impressed on his television debut in a 20 man Battle Royal which was eventually won by Bam Bam Bigalow. "Dingo" was soon dropped by Hellwig in favour of the more marketable "Ultimate" and he was given a guitar heavy enrance theme. His running entrance and the insane shaking of the ropes quickly made The Ultimate Warrior a crowd favourite and he took the WWF by storm. After taking care of jobbers in his early days he began feuding with another powerfully built wrestler, Hercules Hernandez. Their feud ended at Wrestlemania IV with The Warrior emerging victorious. The Warrior was now an established WWF superstar but this was just the beginning.

The Warrior became WWF Intercontinental Champion on 29/08/1988 when as a stand in for the injured Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, he disposed of The Honky Tonk Man in just 31 seconds, the shortest Intercontinental Title match in history. Warrior defeated all challengers for his title and began a feud with "Ravishing" Rick Rude. He took part in a posedown with Rude at the 1989 Royal Rumble. Rude attacked Warrior setting the stage for a title match at Wrestlemania V on 02/04/1989 in which Rude won the IC title with assistance from his manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. Rude's title reign was short lived though as The Warrior regained his title at that years Summerslam on 28/08/1989.

In the Royal Rumble of 1990 Warrior was eliminated by WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan. This set up their huge match at Wrestlemania VI on 01/04/1990. It was the first time the top two babyfaces had squared off against one another. Title vs Title. WWF World Champion vs WWF Intercontinental Champion. Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior. Before 65,000 ecstatic fans in Toronto Ontario, Canada The Ultimate Warrior defeated The Hulkster and became WWF World Champion. The rules in WWF at the time stated nobody could hold both titles at one time so Warrior had to give up his intercontinental title.

The Warriors popularity skyrocketed and he became the face of the WWF both in and out of the ring. The Warrior held the title untl at Royal Rumble 19/01/1991 he was beaten by Sgt Slaughter with interferance by "Macho King" Randy Savage. Warrior and Savage met in a retirement match at Wrestlemania VII in which Warrior defeated Savage and gained revenge for the interferance which cost him his WWF World Title.

After teaming with Hulk Hogan to defeat the team of Sgt Slaughter, General Adnan and Colonel Mustafa at Summerslam 1991 The Warrior disappeared from the wrestling ring for a while. The Warrior made his return to the WWF at Wrestlemania VIII, helping Hulk Hogan after his match against Sid Justice. Papa Shango came down to the ring and joined in with Sid beating on Hogan. Suddenly Warrior was there, running down the ramp and into the ring to a huge ovation from the fans. He and Hogan beat off the heels in one of the most memorable finshes to a Wrestlemania event. It was during this time however that Warrior and WWF began having difficulties. There was an arguement over who had creative rights to The Ultimate Warriors name as well as creative diferences as to how The Warriors charachter should be used. Warrior left the company in November of that year.

During his time away from WWF Warrior made a single appearance for a small Las Vegas based promotion, The NWC. Here he met up with the Honky Tonk Man to renew their rivalry one last time. Warior defeated HTM in a sold out small arena. The buzz at the time was that Warrior would help the NWC to get off the ground but unfortunately this never happened. Warrior was scheduled to meet another former WWF superstar, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, at the next event but it never took place as the promoter ran out of money.

His final run in the WWF came in 1996. Warrior feuded with intercontinental champion, Goldust as well as Owen Hart and Vader. This run included an appearance at Wrestlemania XII in which The Warrior defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in under two minutes. This stint in WWF also lasted just afew months and ended after Warrior missed some house shows to spend some time with his father who was ill at the time. Warriors father sadly passed away shortly afterwards. But difficulties with WWF had developed and after no-showing a house show in Detroit, Michigan WWF announced Warrior would not appear again unless he signed an appearance bond. Warrior refused to sign so the WWF terminated his contract citing their differences in the past.

In 1998 The Warrior entered World Championship Wrestling to a huge reaction from fans. He interrupted an in-ring promo by Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and the Disciple and announced a revolution. He started OWN (One Warrior Nation) and began feuding with Hogan's NWO. The two had a match scheduled for Halloween Havoc. There was every indication that it would be as big as ther match eight years previously at Wreslemania VI. Disaster struck however when just six weeks before Halloween Havoc Warrior injured his arm at War Games. Despite being told not to work out and to take some time off to allow the injury to heal Warrior began rehabbing almost immediately with light workouts for a couple of hours a day. The injury limited Warrior to doing promo's to hype the Haloween Havoc match but because he couldn't get involved in any physical in ring activities during this time the meeting of the two failed to generate the heat that it promised on Warriors initial return. Warrior still wasn't 100% by the time Haloween Havoc rolled around but the match went ahead regardless. In what is considered one of the worst matches in WCW history Warrior was defeated thanks to interferance from Eric Bischoff and Horace Hogan hitting Warrior with a steel chair. Warrior made a couple of appearances in WCW after this but when his contract expired in December '98 he left wrestling for the last time.

Footnotes

After the split of The Bladerunners, Flash changed his name to Sting and remained in UWF where he teamed with Rick Steiner to win the tag titles. Sting went on to the National Wrestling Alliance which later became World Championship Wrestling and had a very successful career becoming 7 time WCW World Champion, 2 time WCW United States Champion, 3 time WCW Tag Team Champion, WCW Television Champion, WCW Battlebowl Champion and the 1992 King of Cable Champion as well as winning several Wrestler of the Year honours.

When Jim Hellwig was approached by New Japan in 1987 they outlined ideas for him to debut as a monster creation in their promotion. When Hellwig turned them down in favour of the WWF, New Japan turned to a little known AWA wrestler named Leon White. On his debut White pinned his opponent Antonio Inoki in less than three minutes at the Tokyo Sumo Hall. The name of the monster creation portrayed by White? Big Van Vader.

The Warrior, Hogan vs Slaughter, Adnan, Mustafa match at Summerslam '91 was refereed by Sid Justice in his first major appearance in the WWF. Justice was the man called in to replace The Warrior to face Owen Hart at a house show in Detroit, Michigan when the Warrior no-showed. Justice was also Warriors replacement later that month when he was introduced as a mystery partner teaming up with Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson at In Your House, International Incident to face Vader, Owen Hart and the British Bulldog.

Warriors debut in WCW was held off until 17/08/98 because the WWF had a court case regarding trademark claims slated for 14/08. The WWF wanted to block Hellwig from appearing with the make-up, UW's look, and the Warrior name. The judge refused the WWF's request stating that Warrior had owned the look before he signed with WWF. WCW was still wary though, issuing orders to everybody that they not use the word "ultimate" in the confrontation on Nitro as there was still a dispute over who exactly had suggested Warrior change his name from Dingo to Ultimate when he joined the WWF. The word ultimate was used but WCW didnt care because the Warrior's debut drew a huge audience.

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