The wrestling world was enormously shocked this week with news of the sudden death of Jim “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig.
It’s amazing to consider that his career in the WWF could have taken such a different path had he gone to Japan as a headliner. Eerily, his speech at the 2014 Hall of Fame and subsequent Monday Night Raw contain numerous dark premonitions about his life. His impressive win record over top opponents is unlikely to be matched again. Most surprisingly, his lawsuits have uncovered a secret 1997 WWF deal that almost brought Warrior into the Attitude-era mix.
Here are the four incredible secrets and facts about The Ultimate Warrior’s career.
4. Ultimate Warrior’s Nearly Had A Completely Different Career In Japan
The Ultimate Warrior only had two matches in Japan. However, he nearly had an entire career.
In 1987, New Japan Pro Wrestling wanted to create a fresh foreign star.