James Brian Hellwig, better known as the Ultimate Warrior, was an accomplished professional wrestler that dazzled fans of all ages with amazing performances in the ring. He famously battled legends like Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship. Being the Ultimate Warrior was so much a part of his life, that James legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993.
Just days ago and after years of disagreements with WWE management, Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and on Monday, he made his final appearance at WWE Raw in New Orleans, where he delivered an emotional speech that somewhat foreshadowed his untimely death.
‘No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. ‘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 what makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. ‘You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am The Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans and the spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever.’
The famed wrestler collapsed while walking to his car with his wife in Scottsdale Arizona on April 8, 2014 and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.