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Shocking: Ultimate Warrior dies; WrestleMania XXX coverage

Written By | Apr 9, 2014

LOS ANGELES, April 9, 2014 — The Ultimate Warrior, born James Hellwig, collapsed outside of an Arizona hotel at 5:50 pm on April 8, while walking to his car with his wife. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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This is a shock and a travesty to the wrestling community, the WWE and all of its fans.


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Earlier in the week, the WWE capped its WrestleMania weekend by inducting the Ultimate Warrior into its Hall of Fame. Other inductees included former divas Champion, Lita, Carlos Colon, recently deceased manager Paul Bearer, Mr. T, Razor Ramon, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

On the April 7 edition of RAW this last Monday following WrestleMania XXX, the headliner of the Class of 2014, The Ultimate Warrior, came to the ring and addressed the WWE fans and its wrestlers. It was Ultimate Warrior’s first time in the ring since July 8, 1996.

The speech the Ultimate Warrior delivered will now also be his final chilling words to the WWE and its fans:

“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life 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 markers of Ultimate Warrior.


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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. Ultimate. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”

The words that the Ultimate Warrior left to everyone are words he gave to wrestlers and to fans alike. Live with honor and strength. Do what you can to be your best at whatever you do so that you may inspire the younger generations to continue to carry that torch. His message is something greater than professional wrestling. His message is for all walks of humanity to embrace and live to the fullest. Over the years many have come and gone, some lights have shown brighter than others, but there will never be another Ultimate Warrior.


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WrestleMania XXX

Almost 72 hours ago, WrestleMania XXX ended on a high note. Earlier in the evening, Daniel Bryan succeeded in defeating Triple H in order to be the third participant in the World Heavyweight Championship main event. In that match, he overcame the odds and defeated Batista and champion Randy Orton to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.




The WrestleMania weekend ended on a high note with 75,167 of the New Orleans Superdome attendees celebrating and chanting “YES!” as the pay per view ended. Daniel Bryan had overcome eight months of verbal and physical abuse by his tormentors to be crowned champion. It was storybook ending, if there ever was.


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While most fans predicted that Bryan winning would be the ending, something they did not predict was The Undertaker losing his match. The Undertaker was undefeated in all twenty one of his WrestleMania matches. The legend of “The Streak” became just that. Everyone who was anyone knew that the one time of year that the Undertaker did not lose was his WrestleMania match.

The Undertaker’s Streak began in 1991, and during that time he has defeated multiple Hall of Famers, young studs and gigantic duds, won Championship belts, and successfully defended them. This year would prove to be his greatest challenge. At 49 years of age, Taker took on former WWE Champion and UFC Champion, “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar.

This match was a slower paced 25-minute affair, which had the Undertaker gaining control of Lesnar for the first half. At first both men battled each other with power offense, including Lesnar hitting his signature finisher, the F5, but the Undertaker kicked out. Both Taker and Lesnar then traded submission style mat based wrestling as well.

Finally, the Undertaker went for his Last Ride powerbomb finisher, which was countered by Lesnar, to which Undertaker delivered his main finishing move, the Tombstone Piledriver. Lesnar kicked out of the pinfall attempt, then hit his third F5 of the match and covered the Undertaker for the pinfall victory.

The crowd at the Superdome was visibly shocked and in a state of disbelief after the Undertaker was pinned. Brock Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman was as shocked as the crowd, but that quickly wore off as he jumped in the ring to celebrate with Lesnar.

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James Ryan

James P. Ryan was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001 with a B.A. in Theater. He has worked off and on in the Television and Commercial Production Industry since he was 18 years old. He is both an actor and a writer. Currently, he is the co-host on his Army of Dorkness podcast. He is also an avid home brewer and he has many leather-bound books.