Just days after wrestling fans saw the induction of the controversial Ultimate Warrior to the WWE Hall of Fame, Ultimate Warrior is dead at the age of 54.
Nashville fans were watching as the Hall of Fame inductee was put in by former WWE CEO Linda McMahon on Saturday night.
Released by WWE.com on Tuesday night, Ultimate Warrior passed away on Tuesday.
"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior.
Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter.
We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans.
Ultimate Warrior passes away WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans.
Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters."
Warrior, born James Hellwig, started wrestling with Rick Bassman, but he would head to the Memphis territory with Steve Bordon, also known as Sting, with Dutch Mantell as his manager, as the Blade Runners for Continental Wrestling Associaion run by Jerry Jarrett. He would continue with the company before heading to Mid-South Wrestling in 1986.
In 1986, he would debut in Dallas for World Class Championship Wrestling and would be picked up by the then WWF, joining in June 1987. While in the WWF, Warrior would hold the Intercontential Championship, winning from the Honky Tonk Man at the first SummerSlam. But he would continue in feuds with wrestlers like Rick Rude and Andre the Giant. But it would be WrestleMania VI that Warrior would gain his first WWE Championship by pinning Hulk Hogan in Toronto, Ontario.
His title reign would include feuds with The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase, Macho Man Randy Savage and Sgt. Slaughter. Warrior would leave WWF in 1991 only to return in 1992. His short return to the WWF would then lead to his retirement in 1992. During the short years between WWF stints, he would open his wrestling academy, Warrior University, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. While Warrior would return to the WWF and to rival WCW later in his career, he would officially retire in 1998.
Warrior would return to the WWE in July 2013 and be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 5, 2014.