So Long, Ultimate Warrior
Wrestling fans know who the Ultimate Warrior was. He was big back in the days of Hulk "The Hulkster" Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man and Rick Flair were running wild. If you were there, you know what I mean, watching Billy Martin in his snakeskin cowboy boots refereeing title matches while the big boys went at it and Guns N' Roses played in the background.
The Ultimate Warrior held his own against those headliners and was one of the most exciting wrestlers in the show. He always had a lot of energy and pizazz. As the Intercontinental Championship, Warrior kept going forward and won the WWF Championship, forcing him to vacate the previous title. He was dominant during an age of wrestling giants.
Taiwan's Next Media Animation have produced a new "Taiwanese-style" animation about the Ultimate Warrior's passing. We already have noted their animation videos about a recent NFL rules change and the 2014 NCAA championship title game. The Taiwanese animators are quick and they are good - whether they are amusing is up to you. You can see their videos on shows like Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
Nancy Grace, the busybody crime reporter on a cable network that shall not be named, insulted wrestling fans by showing a video of a wrestler, Owen Hart, who unfortunately had passed away some time before. Grace did this while reciting how wrestlers take steroids and other illegal drugs, thus causing them to die early. The problem is that Hart did not die a drug-related death, and there is no indication that Ultimate Warrior did, either (though an autopsy is scheduled). The twitter channel #CancelNancyGrace has become very popular as a result as wrestling fans demand that pampered media figures show a little respect.
As the Taiwanese Animators say on their youtube page:
Children of the eighties collectively shed a tear yesterday when it was announced that Jim Hellwig, known as the Ultimate Warrior, passed away. Ultimate was 54.
Hellwig clutched his chest moments before he collapsed at an Arizona hotel Tuesday afternoon. Warrior was walking down a hallway at the Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona and on the way to his car with his wife, when he stopped, grabbed his chest and went down. Warrior never recovered. All signs are pointing to a massive heart attack.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner has said that an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday. So far, there is no evidence to show drugs and alcohol were a factor in his passing.
Warrior had the face paint. His crazy energetic style, charging down the aisle to the ring, signature shaking of the ropes and of course who can forget, the Ultimate Press.
Wrestlers like the Rock, John Cena and Triple H were only kids back when fake wrestling was still real and the Warrior was wrestling legends like Hulk Hogan, Macho Man and Andre the Giant.
Hellwig had just been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just a few days earlier. He will be missed by fans of all ages. No doubt Warrior is looking down from that big wrestling ring in the sky.RIP Ultimate Warrior.