Ultimate Warrior has been officially announced as a 2014 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. Warrior’s induction into the prestigious Hall was confirmed during the Jan. 13 edition of “Monday Night Raw.”
The first to be announced for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014, Warrior will join the likes of Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Shawn Michaels, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and Ric Flair in the annals of WWE history. A former WWE Champion, the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be the first time the Ultimate Warrior has been on WWE television in 18 years.
Warrior, who was born James Brian Hellwig, made his debut in WWE during the year 1987, while it was still the World Wrestling Federation. Appearing originally as the Dingo Warrior, the man from “Parts Unknown” quickly became a fan favorite, and his “spaceship” was quickly loaded with enough “rocket full” to shoot him into superstardom.
Warrior would win his first major WWE championship at “SummerSlam” in 1988, when he pinned the Honkey Tonk Man in 27 seconds to become Intercontinental Champion. He then rode his spaceship to unprecedented heights when conquered the “Ultimate Challenge” and claimed his first WWE Championship by defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI.
Warrior would then go on to have a strained relationship with the company, leaving and returning a couple of times before departing for what seemed to be forever. Warrior then appeared shortly in WCW during the “Monday Night War,” forming the One Warrior Nation as an antithesis to the company’s heel faction of the New World Order.
The man then legally changed his name to Warrior, became active in politics, and would engage in numerous verbal battles with fellow WWE Hall of Famers, and the boss himself, Vince McMahon. Warrior sued WWE after the company distributed “The Self-Desctruction of the Ultimate Warrior,” a DVD documentary that would question Warrior’s in-ring work, why he was ever popular, and insult his ability to communicate on camera.
However, WWE and Warrior shocked the world in 2013, when it was announced that the former champion had met with McMahon and would be involved with the company’s latest video game endeavor, WWE 2K14. Since his reconciliation with WWE, rumors began to surface in regards to what kind of relationship Warrior would have with the company moving forward.
One rumor is now confirmed, as the Ultimate Warrior will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5 in New Orleans during WrestleMania XXX weekend. Now the question remains, will the WWE Universe, who clearly has the “power of the warriors…floatin’ through the veins,” ever see Warrior in a WWE ring ever again?