​Update: The Ultimate Warrior’s Final Days, ESPN Coverage


UPDATE x 12: The UK broadcast of the WWE Hall
of Fame ceremony aired Wednesday night and began with the following:

In Memory of James Brian Hellwig, The Ultimate Warrior

UPDATE x 11: More details are coming in regarding the
final days of the Ultimate Warrior.

WWE had a camera crew following Warrior and his family
around during the entire weekend. The footage was shot for a future project
looking at Warrior’s return to the WWE

Warrior and his family did not stay at the Roosevelt Hotel with the rest of
the WWE talent. The company rented a house locally for Warrior and his family
and had a car service shuttle them to and from the Hall of Fame
ceremony, WrestleMania and RAW.

According to sources who were backstage at the Hall of Fame ceremony, Warrior
was very friendly when approached, but also quiet and somewhat reserved. Several
people commented on Warrior sweating a lot and appearing physically frail,
despite his muscular stature.

TMZ.com reports that an eye witness saw Warrior clutching his chest moments
before he collapsed at the Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Warrior suffered a “catastrophic medical
event” and so far, there is no evidence of drugs or alcohol playing a factor in
his death. An investigation is underway and the Maricopa County Medical Examiner
will be conducting an autopsy on Thursday.

UPDATE x 10: WWE has announced that they will
honor the career of Ultimate Warrior, posting the following:

honors the legacy and legend of the late Ultimate Warrior tonight, beginning at
8 p.m. ET on WWE Network.

WWE fans will be able to watch highlights from
Warrior’s historic induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, plus his emotional
return to Monday Night Raw. Then, immediately after, the WWE Universe is invited
to watch one of Ultimate Warrior’s greatest matches against Hulk Hogan when WWE
Network airs WrestleMania VI in its entirety.

The AP has a story with quotes from Triple H and Sean
Waltman about Warrior’s death. Check out those quotes below:

Triple H on Vince McMahon and Ultimate Warrior’s
“Vince said to him a couple of days ago, ‘I’ve always
loved you. Sometimes, I didn’t like you, but I always loved you.'”

Waltman on Warrior’s state: “I got a sense he
wasn’t well. It was sad to me. He was kind of hunched over. He used to have such
great posture. You just had this sense that he wasn’t well. But he was in great
spirits. He came up to (other wrestlers) and gave them hugs.”

UPDATE x 8: ESPN has coverage of The Ultimate
Warrior’s passing, and discussing his legacy, which you can check out below…

UPDATE x 7: According to TMZ, eyewitnesses say that Warrior looked
sweaty and stressed, like he was about to “burst at the seams” during
WrestleMania weekend. People who saw him over the weekend state that Warrior
looked like he was in constant pain, sweaty and uncomfortable; like he was
choking on his tie.

During his RAW appearance, people noticed he appeared
weak after he did rope shake. One witness had the following to

“We all felt like he looked like he was going to blow a
gasket. It was pretty easy to see.”

UPDATE x 6: According to sources, Warrior and
his family did not stay at the WWE hotel in New Orleans. The company rented a
house locally for Warrior and his family and had a car service shuttle them to
and from events. Those backstage at the Hall of Fame said that Warrior was
friendly when approached at the Hall of Fame, but quiet and reserved most of the

UPDATE x 5: According to TMZ, law enforcement officials that spoke to
witnesses have stated that Warrior “clutched his chest” moments before he
collapsed. Reports are that Warrior was walking down a hallway at the Gainey
Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ and headed toward his car with his wife. At one
point he clutched his chest and then fell to the floor, and never

No official cause of death has been revealed, with officials
noting that Warrior had a “catastrophic medical event,” likely a heart attack.
At this time, there is no sign that drugs or alcohol had anything to do with his
death. The death is being investigated, and they are planning to do an autopsy
and toxicology tests to confirm the cause of death.

UPDATED x 4: A fan tweeted this photo with the
Ultimate Warrior on Tuesday at the New Orleans airport, just hours before
Warrior’s death.

UPDATED x 3: TMZ reports that Warrior collapsed outside his hotel
in Arizona at 5:50PM PT on April 8th. He was walking to his car with his wife.
He was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced

We’ve posted the transcript and video of Warrior’s now-haunting
final promo from Monday’s RAW below.

UPDATED x 2: Here
is the video and transcript of the Ultimate Warrior’s now-haunting final RAW
appearance on Monday.

“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their
own. Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final
breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the
body of others and makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life then
his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the
loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did
live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend markers of Ultimate
Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior
spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with
the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you
will make them legends, as well. Ultimate. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans.
And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever!”

UPDATED: Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have
both commented on the Ultimate Warrior’s death on Twitter.

ORIGINAL: In a shocking turn of events, WWE.com
reports that the Ultimate Warrior has passed away at the age of 54. There are no
details regarding the circumstances of his passing. Warrior was of course
inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend and appeared on RAW Monday

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  • $102195711

    Why is ESPN covering it when Colin Cowherd is just talking shit. It doesn’t make sense.

    • Mr. Enforcer

      Because its the only attention he ever gets, it’s what known as in the wrestling business as “cheap heat”.

      • $102195711

        Yea stupid question on my part. It’s still damn right pathetic though.

        • Noface Andy

          He’s got a good name for him…Colin CowARD. He’s always been good at blatting. I remember him going on and on how Erin Rodgers was not fit to be in the same breath as Brett Favre right up until he won the superbowl…then his stripes changed. He’s just a shock-jock.

          • $102195711

            Yea. He’s the type to talk shit all day and then hide behind someone when confronted

  • Jesse Spriggs

    So, what I gather from verious reports, sounds like He was having signs of CVD and still……..and still gave all he had for the wwe universe. Thank you warrior for showing what a true warrior spirt is.

  • JC Hazard

    Warrior come back dude!!!! :/

  • Master_Seamonkey

    This has been one hell of a week so far…. First we lose the streak, now we lost the Warrior. 🙁 So much speechlessness going on

    • I really don’t think that is an appropriate analogy. Something FAKE versus someones very REAL life.

      • Master_Seamonkey

        Well, would you rather Mickey Roonie (rip)? Both were a blow to the gut, while yes, one is fake, still doesn’t make it any easier.

  • Andy

    the words are erie…I think his words reflected him in his last days, almost like he knew his time was up. They always say you know when your time is up….his words reflect that…

  • charles knieriemen

    What a shocker. It makes his Hall of Fame Speech that much more meaningful. RIP Warrior, you will be missed.

  • john parson

    Just can’t believe it! God bless you Warrior, thank you for all the memories. The raw crowd better give him good omage Monday. This one really hurts