Wrestling By The Numbers: The Ultimate Warrior
World Wrestling Entertainment has announced former 1-Time WWE Champion and 2-Time WWE Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior will be inducted into the 2014 Hall Of Fame Class. The 54-year-old Crawfordsville Indiana native whose birth name was James Hellwig legally changed his name in 1993 to Warrior. He spent 13-years in the professional wrestling industry after first debuting back in 1985 after having been trained by Red Bastien, Rick Bassman and Bill Anderson. Warrior started his career as apart of a popular tag-team with fellow wrestling legend Steve Borden first known as The Freedom Fighters and they then gained further success known as The Blade Runners. The duo had stints in both Memphis with the Continental Wrestling Association and the Mid-South with the Universal Wrestling Federation. The tag-team broke up in 1986 when Warrior signed with World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas.
After becoming a former 2-Time WCCW Tag-Team Champion with Lance Von Erich and then winning the WCCW Texas Championship in 1987, Warrior was then signed by World Wrestling Entertainment. He was given an enormous push by the company which included numerous squash victories over the late Andre the Giant and was groomed as their next big star to take over after Hulkamania. Despite being criticized at times for his ring work Warrior had outstanding memorable matches against the likes of Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Rick Rude. In the summer of 1991 the WWE and Warrior were entangled in a contract and legal dispute and Warrior was suspended, and tried to resign, but the request was denied by Vince McMahon. He made his return to the company at Wrestlemania VIII in 1992 and competed until a few weeks prior the Survivor Series pay-per-view when he was released. It was reported Warrior had been caught using steroids and with the pressure McMahon was feeling at the time with the government accusing him of distributing to his wrestlers, he was persuaded to release his main event superstar.
From 1992 to 1996 Warrior was semi-retired but still competed occasionally for companies including the Catch Wrestling Association, the National Wrestling Conference and the International Wrestling Federation. He also ran a short lived wrestling school called Warrior University based out of Scottsdale Arizona and appeared in the action movie Firepower playing the role of ‘the swordsman’. In 1996 Warrior returned for another short stint with the company but was released after only 4-months for missing scheduled bookings. Warrior claimed he missed events due to a breach of contract by McMahon over merchandising payouts. World Championship Wrestling signed Warrior in 1998 and he had a short stint with the organization which featured him creating a stable known as One Warrior Nation. His time with WCW only featured a few matches with the highest profile one being against Hollywood Hogan at the 1998 Halloween Havoc pay-per-view which was widely criticized as one of the worst pay-per-view main event matches in history.
After parting ways with WCW a month later in early November Warrior announced his retirement from professional wrestling. Since the announcement he has only competed once in a match for Nu-Wrestling Evolution in June of 2008. He defeated wrestler Orlando Jordan to win the NWE Championship and vacated the title following the match. Warrior has worked outside of the business as an amateur bodybuilder, motivational speaker, comic writer and is also known for his outspoken blog entitled Warrior’s Machete. After several years of lawsuits and disagreements between the WWE and Warrior the two sides again started working together this past summer and Warrior was announced as the first inductee into the 2014 WWE Hall Of Fame Class on the January 13th episode of WWE Raw.
Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Warrior, formerly James Hellwig, The Ultimate Warrior by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 18 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 6 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 3 Matches on WWE Raw.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Raw.
* 9 Matches ( 5th Most All-Time ) on WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event. (First Match: November 26th 1988 Vs Super Ninja # 1 Last Match: November 14th 1992 With Randy Savage Vs Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)
* 37 Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 5 Main Event Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 35 Matches on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.
* 7 Main Event Matches on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.
* 2 Matches ( 3rd Most All-Time ) on WWE The Main Event. (First Match: February 23rd 1990 Vs Dino Bravo Last Match: November 23rd 1990 Vs Ted DiBiase)
* 1 Main Event Match ( 7th Most All-Time ) on WWE The Main Event (Main Event: February 23rd 1990 Vs Dino Bravo)
* 26 Matches on WWE Wrestling Challenge.
* 4 Main Event Matches on WWE Wrestling Challenge.
* 18 Matches on WWE On MSG Network.
* 7 Main Event Matches on WWE On MSG Network.
* 7 Matches on WWE On PRISM Network.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE On PRISM Network.
* 8 Matches on WWE On NESN.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE On NESN.
* 4 Matches on WWE On Z Channel.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE On Z Channel.
* 1 Match on WWE On Tele+2.
* 1 Match on WWE Survivor Series Showdown.
* 1 Match on WWE / AJPW Wrestling Summit.
World Championship Wrestling:
* 2 Matches on WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Main Event Match on WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Match on WCW Monday Nitro.
* 1 Main Event Match on WCW Monday Nitro.
All Japan Pro Wrestling:
* 1 Match on AJPW / WWE Wrestling Summit.
Super World Sports:
* 1 Match on SWS Wrestlefest In Tokyo Dome.