By James Ryan
LOS ANGELES, January 15, 2014 — During the recent episode of Monday Night RAW, the WWE announced its first member of the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame. The Ultimate Warrior will finally be admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame will occur on Saturday April 5, 2014, the night before WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans.
The Ultimate Warrior, a former World Heavyweight Champion and two-time Intercontinental Champion, was born James Hellwig, in 1987, he emerged from the mythical location, “Parts Unknown,” and transformed into the Ultimate Warrior.
From 1987 to 1992, James Hellwig, the Ultimate Warrior excited and captivated WWE fans with his colorful face paint and his signature intensity during interviews and before and during his matches. The Warrior was known for his high energy ring entrances, which featured him sprinting down the aisle into the ring at full speed, running back and forth in the ring, and then violently shaking the ring ropes up and down, as if he were channeling the power of ancient warriors.
WWE Hall of Fame manager Bobby “The Brain” Heenan once said about the Warrior, “The guy makes coffee nervous.”
In 1990, at WrestleMania VI, then Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior faced his greatest challenge when he battled World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan. Dubbed “The Ultimate Challenge”, both titles were on the line in a winner takes all Main Event. When the dust had settled, the Ultimate Warrior was victorious after pinning Hogan following a Warrior Splash. Ultimate Warrior became the first, and as of 2013, only wrestler to hold the Intercontinental and World Championships simultaneously.
The WWE once described the Ultimate Warrior as “the ultimate archetype of strength and intensity” and “one of the most intense and physically impressive competitors to ever appear in the WWE.” Though considered to be one of the most controversial and unpredictable wrestlers ever to appear in the WWE, on April 5, 2014, the Ultimate Warrior will finally reach the pinnacle of professional wrestling immortality.
Hellwig also wrestled in WCW as the Dingo Warrior.