WWE.com was the first to break the shocking news just moments ago that WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54. Ultimate Warrior (who legally changed his name from James Hellwig to Warrior in 1993) was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just this past Saturday night, followed up with an appearance at WrestleMania XXX and an appearance on RAW just two nights ago.
During his WWE career, The Ultimate Warrior was a one-time WWF Champion and a two-time Intercontinental Champion with his most notable moment being the night he defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF Title at WrestleMania VI. The Ultimate Warrior would work for the WWF off and on from 1986 to 1996 before leaving and briefly joining WCW in 1998. After his stint with WCW, The Ultimate Warrior would retire from the wrestling business and would begin a new career as a motivational speaker. A series of lawsuits, not to mention the infamous “Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior” DVD that WWE produced in 2005, would keep Warrior excluded from any sort of polite talks with the WWE. Just last year, The Ultimate Warrior and the WWE would begin a working relationship that would see Warrior work as an Ambassador for the company where he would travel the world, making appearances for the WWE. In January of this year, Warrior was announced as the star inductee of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 and he was inducted by former WWE CEO Linda McMahon this past Saturday night. Warrior then made his first appearance at WrestleMania in 23 years at WrestleMania XXX where he stood alongside his fellow 2014 inductees. Warrior then appeared on RAW Monday night, delivering a classic Ultimate Warrior promo where he encouraged the WWE fans to support the new Superstars like they supported him. While the cause of death has not been established, TMZ.com is reporting that Warrior collapsed on the way to his hotel in Arizona with his wife. Warrior was rushed to a local hospital, but he had already passed away by the time he arrived. Warrior is survived by his wife, Dana, and his two daughters.
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