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As WWF Champion in 1990

The Ultimate Warrior -- (born June 16, 1959, as James Hellwig, in Queens, NY) is a retired pro wrestler, best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and maybe World Championship Wrestling. At the height of his popularity, Warrior pinned Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania VI to win the WWF World title. After his reign ended, Warrior became notoriously unreliable within the wrestling world. He also made several political speaking engagements throughout the late-90s, for which he was notoriously controversial and at times unprofessional.

The Ultimate Warrior began his wrestling career with Powerteam USA, a group of bodybuilders trained by Rick Bassman and Red Bastien. He and Steve Borden moved on to Memphis, where they wrestled as the Blade Runners (a powerful team heavily influenced by the Road Warriors) before Warrior moved to Dallas, TX, to compete as the Dingo Warrior.

thumb|300px|leftShortly thereafter, Warrior was called up to New York City by the WWF. Warrior caught on fairly quickly, winning the WWF Intercontinental championship in August 1988. Less than two years later, Warrior defended his title against WWF Champion Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI, where he won the World title. Warrior successfully retained the championship for the next 10 months before he lost to Sgt. Slaughter in January 1991, thanks to Randy "Macho Man" Savage. Warrior defeated Savage in a Retirement match in March 1991, but ironically enough, Warrior left the WWF a few months later (whereas Savage stayed on-board, even winning the World title the following year). Warrior's absence was only temporary, and he returned to the WWF in April 1992, but allegations of steroid usage within the WWF forced him out of the company in November. Warrior's last WWF stint began in March 1996, but it only lasted a couple months before he was released.

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Listening to a mysterious orb

A couple years later, Warrior reappeared in World Championship Wrestling where his career never caught on. He had a rematch with Hulk Hogan, which was best remembered as a disasterous match, before he disappeared from the mainstream wrestling again.

In September 2005, World Wrestling Entertainment released a DVD called The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior, which recapped his entire wrestling career. Most fans considered it an attempt to blemish Warrior's legacy, although there were several individuals that spoke highly of Warrior, especially men like Edge, Christian, and Chris Jericho who were fans during the height of his popularity.

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