Wrestler Ultimate Warrior Weight, Career, Award and Net Worth 2020.
Wrestler Ultimate Warrior Net Worth – The Ultimate Warrior, born James Brian Hellwig, was a legendary American professional wrestler who wrestled for famous professional wrestling promotions like World Wrestling
Federation (WWF, now WWE) and now defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). Hellwig was into amateur bodybuilding before foraying into professional wrestling.
Aged 54 years old
Height: 6′ 2″ (188 cm)
Weight: 275 pounds (125 kg)
The Ultimate Warrior became part of the group of bodybuilders who forayed into professional wrestling as Powerteam USA. Eventually he formed a tag team called ‘The Blade Runners’ with Steve Borden, who later became popular as ‘Sting’.
The tag team debuted with wrestling promotion Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) and then became part of Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) before disbanding in 1986.
Hellwig joined WCCW in 1986 where he adopted the ring name ‘Dingo Warrior’. He along with Lance Von Erich formed a tag team and won the WCWA World Tag Team Championship on November 17, 1986. They lost the title to Al Madril and Brian Adias on December 1 same year.
His other feat with WCCW was winning the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship title beating Bob Bradley on February 2, 1987. He vacated the title and resigned from the promotion and joined World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in June 1987.
In WWF he adopted the ring name ‘The Ultimate Warrior’.
For the first few months in WWF, he competed as Dingo Warrior on house shows and later on October 25, 1987, he made his TV debut in a Wrestling Challenge episode as ‘The Ultimate Warrior’.
With time he garnered decent attention for his distinctive pattern of face paint, high-energy ring entrances and quasi-mystical interview style.
The Ultimate Warrior featured in different television commercials of Westway Ford during 1987-89 and was many a times seen interacting with Westway’s wacky character, ‘Mean Joe Greed’.
On August 29, 1988, he defeated The Honky Tonk Man in a 27-second squash match during the inaugural SummerSlam to emerge as the new Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.
He lost the title to Rick Rude on April 2, 1989, at WrestleMania V and later beat Rude to regain the title on August 28, that year at the SummerSlam. With this he became a two-time Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion.
One of the most significant, classic and enthralling matches of his career was ‘The Ultimate Challenge’.
It was the main event match of WrestleMania VI held on April 1, 1990, where Hulk Hogan’s WWF World Heavyweight Championship title and Hellwig’s Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship title were on the line. Hellwig won the match to become the first wrestler to hold both the titles simultaneously.
However as rules of the promotion restricted a wrestler to hold both titles, Hellwig vacated the Intercontinental Championship.
He lost the WWF World Heavyweight Championship title to Sgt. Slaughter at the Royal Rumble on January 19, 1991 amidst a sneak attack from “Macho King” Randy Savage, who had been feuding with him at the time.
In a turn of events that included a feud with WWF owner Vince McMahon on payment and other terms, Hellwig was suspended from the promotion in August 1991 and in return he sent his formal resignation letter to the promotion in October 1991, which was however not accepted by WWF as his contract with the promotion was till September 1992.
He returned to WWF at WrestleMania VIII on April 5, 1992 after McMahon contacted him. However his second stint with the promotion was short-lived as a crackdown of government on use of steroids in wrestling saw Hellwig, who heavily used steroids in his professional career as wrestler, being suspended from WWF.
He on the other hand skipped dates and eventually quit the promotion on November 21, 1992. After leaving WWF, he remained in a semi-retired state wrestling on and off till July 1995. He also launched a short-lived Scottsdale, Arizona based professional wrestling school called ‘Warrior University’.
His second return to WWF happened on March 31, 1996 during WrestleMania XII. The tenure was however brief as the promotion terminated his contract for not showing up on several house shows.
He got into many lawsuits and legal actions with the promotion in 1996 and 1998 seeking declaration on owning the Warrior and Ultimate Warrior characters under both contract and copyright law.
Hellwig had the last laugh on the issue after the court ruled in his favour giving him the right to use the gimmick, the trademark face paint, the mannerisms and costume of the ‘Warrior’ character.
As of 2020, Ultimate Warrior was an American professional wrestler who had a net worth is $2 million. Meanwhile in 1996, the Ultimate Warrior came up with a comic book titled ‘Warrior’ co-written with Jim Callahan with illustrations by the Sharp Brothers. He also maintained a blog ‘Warrior’s Machete’ on his personal website ultimatewarrior.com.
In 1998, he signed with WCW and appeared in three matches of the promotion before retiring from wrestling on November 9, 1998. Thereafter he had a brief career as a conservative speaker and commentator.
His only match after retirement happened in 2008 when he emerged the Nu-Wrestling Evolution World Heavyweight Champion beating Orlando Jordan in Barcelona, Spain. He however vacated the title immediately.
He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014 on April 5, 2014 and he appeared at WrestleMania XXX on the next day. He was seen delivering a promo on Raw in his ‘The Ultimate Warrior’ character on the night of April 7, 2014, which turned out to be his last public appearance.