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R.I.P. Jim Hellwig. R.I.P. The Ultimate Warrior.

 
 
This shit is crazy.

I...just saw this guy on Raw. Monday Night. Live, back in character and in color, and doing his thing. Now, on Tuesday night...

He's dead.

Jim Hellwig, more popularly known as The Ultimate Warrior, collapsed and died in Arizona last night. Just...out of nowhere. I mean, I just saw this guy, and now he's dead? It's hard to process. He was one of my childhood heroes. I dressed as him for Halloween one year. The guy played a larger than life character that literally came from Parts Unknown, had BOSS theme music, energy out the wazoo, entertained with his delightful bizareness...

And now he's gone.

Just after he returned.

Rowdy Roddy Piper sent out a tweet that summed it up the best (and you can totally hear his promo voice saying it): "Tomorrow is promised to NO ONE." Take that one to heart.

Was he just trying to upstage Wrestlemania, you might wonder? Who knows? But unfortunately, the R.I.P. in the title of this blog doesn't mean The Ultimate Warrior lost a match with The Undertaker. It means he's gone back to Parts Unknown for good. Rest well, Jim Hellwig. May God take care of you in the hereafter.


 

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