The Warrior, born 1959 as Jim Hellwig, is a semi-retired sports entertainer. In 1993, he had his name legally changed to The Warrior. He has made appearances for the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling under the ring name Ultimate Warrior. In recent years, he has become a right of center political commentator.
Warrior got his start as a sports entertainer in the Tennessee and Oklahoma areas during the mid 1980s. He then moved to the Texas area and used the ring name Dingo Warrior.
World Wrestling Federation
By 1987 the WWF had taken notice and hired him. They quickly pushed him to the top of the card by having him win the Intercontinental Title. He would hold that title for most of the next twenty months. WWF owner Vince McMahon decided that the Warrior would be the sports entertainer he wanted to replace Hulk Hogan as his top star. McMahon had Warrior beat Hogan for the WWF Title at Wrestlemania 6 in an effort to improve the wrestler's crowd support. With Hogan off to pursue a movie career, Warrior was a regular at the top of the card. He would make a successful title defense against Rick Rude at the 1990 Summerlam. With Warrior not taking off with the fanbase, the decision was made to have him drop the WWE Title to Sargent Slaughter at the 1991 Royal Rumble. Over the next year he would work shows against sports entertainers such as Randy Savage, The Undertaker and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. He then opted to leave the company due to unhappiness with his role.
Warrior made a brief return in 1996. After defeating Triple H in his first match back, he entered a storyline against Jerry Lawler. Warrior left again after a dispute over the direction of his character.