ULTIMATE WARRIOR RELEASE
Name
Ultimate Warrior
Real Name
James Hellwig
Date of Birth
June 16, 1959
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1985
JTG
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
Rock
It is no secret that WWE would love for the Rock to be the centerpiece attraction at Wrestlemania 31. However, the possibility of that happening is becoming more and more unclear by the day. The studios have decided to move the release date of Fast and Furious 7, which features Rock in a big role, up a bit. It will now be shown in the theaters a few days after Wrestlemania. That means that the Rock will be needed to travel the world to do promotion for the film. His availability to WWE is in question.
July 10, 2014
Vince McMahon
When WWE stocks tanked really badly earlier this year, there were rumors floating around that Vince McMahon wanted his company to cut approximately $20 million in spending. That number has now been confirmed. No word yet on how close WWE has gotten to that goal, but the release of several performers from their contracts helped out quite a bit. More wrestlers could be let go in the near future to get closer to the $20 million mark.
July 7, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Anyone that follows professional wrestling closely, knows that WWE performers spend a ridiculous amount of time on the road for the company. Vickie Guerrero became one of the latest people to grow weary of that lifestyle and requested her release from her contract. Now that she is free of that hectic obligation, the former WWE diva is now on vacation in Hawaii.
July 6, 2014
Drew McIntyre
While a lot of fans were under the impression that he would be on the receiving end of a contract release along with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater has managed to survive and is still with WWE. Unfortunately, though, the company really does not have any plans for him at the moment. He's basically just a filler guy at live events, teaming up with various partners for the time being.
July 6, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the company has been undergoing budget cuts, a lot of things are changing in WWE. In addition to several long time performers being given a release from their contract, Vince McMahon and company have also scaled things back on the WWE Network. Tough Enough has been pushed back, and there might not be a second season of Legends House. At one point in time, it was a certainty that the show would be receiving another season.
July 6, 2014
David Otunga
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
Cameron
Sensing that they were going to receive quite a bit of backlash for overreacting to the arrest and having double standards for their performers, WWE has decided to reinstate Emma after giving her a release earlier in the day. Some have cited the previous arrest of Jack Swagger and Cameron, who actually attempted to bribe a police officer, as a reason why WWE was forced to change their minds.
July 2, 2014
Emma
A day after she was arrested for shoplifting, WWE has released Emma from her contract. There were those in the company that believed that she would be allowed to ride out the storm because the item stolen was not very expensive, but it turns out that Vince McMahon and company needed to make an example of her. Since she was not very high up on the card, it was easier for WWE to release her.
July 2, 2014
Jillian Hall
Through social media, Jillian Hall revealed to her fans that she is back to working on an autobiography. There is some skepticism as to how well the book will sell, as her name value drops the longer she has been away from WWE. It has been nearly four years since her release from the company. It also does not appear to be much interest from TNA in signing her, either. That will make it much more difficult for her to move the books.
June 29, 2014
Bo Dallas
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bo Dallas had gotten married. Now, the identity of the bride has been discovered. It's Sarah Backman, a former WWE developmental diva. She's more known to the world as one of the top female arm wrestlers of all time. Sarah requested her release from the company a couple of months back after having quite the lackluster tenure in the developmental program.
June 28, 2014
Evan Bourne
When he received his release from WWE, Evan Bourne immediately contacted ROH and told them that he was available for work. ROH, however, took the smart approach and contacted WWE to get things in writing. During the conversation, WWE informed ROH that Bourne has not been cleared to work for their company. Bourne was flown out to the show, but had to remain backstage.
June 27, 2014
Josh Mathews
Yesterday, Josh Mathews received his release from WWE, losing his dream job because the company needed to save money. The announcer decided that he was not going to just sit around and mope. Instead, Mathews is backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping, which is taking place in New York City. The belief is that he is gauging to see if there is any interest from TNA in signing him to a contract.
June 26, 2014
Drew McIntyre
During a recent interview, Jinder Mahal revealed that he was surprised by his WWE release. He stated that he and Drew McIntyre had no signs from management that they were on the bubble. Mahal noted that 3MB, which currently only consists of Heath Slater and Hornswoggle, was booked on a lot of events, so they felt that their job security was not a concern at the time. WWE, however, needed to cut cost.
June 26, 2014
Josh Mathews
It looks like WWE is not done handing out pink slips to their employees. Josh Mathews becomes the latest person to receive a release from the company. He was a bit of a utility person backstage, but most will remember him as an interviewer. Locker room morale might take a bit of a hit since Mathews was well liked and his enthusiasm for the WWE product was a bit infectious.
June 25, 2014
Drew McIntyre
Since WWE owns the name, Jinder Mahal is going by a different moniker now that he has been given a release and is looking for work on the independent wrestling circuit. He will now be known as Raj Singh. While he is taking bookings through an agent, it's interesting to note that he has not teamed up with Drew McIntyre in an attempt to be signed as a package.
June 24, 2014
JTG
When WWE announced that they were releasing several performers from their main roster earlier this month, it caught a few of them by surprise. JTG, however, was well prepared for his release. He had been expecting it for quite some time now. There was an incident a while back where he received major backstage heat from management for speaking out about payment. Since then, his days with WWE were numbered. JTG recently revealed to TMZ that he had started planning around the release way before it took place.
June 23, 2014
Great Muta
While WWE did not feel that he was good enough for the main roster, Yoshi Tatsu still has a couple of suitors left in the industry. Shortly after his contract release, the Japanese star was contacted by All Japan Pro Wrestling and Wrestle-1, which is owned by the Great Muta, about returning to his home country. Rumors are floating around that Tatsu would prefer to stay in the United States, so he may explore his options here first before making a decision to return home.
June 23, 2014
Bobby Lashley
A big reason why Bobby Lashley was given the TNA World Heavyweight Championship this week is because he is viewed as a marketing asset. The company immediately sent out a press release to inform them that Lashley had become the new champion. TNA is touting his accomplishments as a collegiate athlete, military personnel, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling to the media.
June 20, 2014
Drew McIntyre
As many of you already know by now, Drew McIntyre, who was once viewed as a future world champion in WWE by both Vince McMahon and the fans, received his release from the company earlier this month. The talented and underrated performer will now be forced to use a different name if he wishes to continue in the professional wrestling industry because WWE owns the trademark. The belief is that he will wrestle under his real name for the time being.
June 20, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
A picture of the daughters of the late Ultimate Warrior in the ring with Paige and Natalya Neidhart during a WWE live event in New Mexico earlier this week.
June 10, 2014
Vince McMahon
ABC recently did a professional wrestling themed episode of the Goldbergs, and the network asked WWE for permission to use some old footage of the Ultimate Warrior, whom the episode was dedicated to. However, Vince McMahon and company refused to oblige. A reason for the refusal by WWE has not been given publicly at this time.
May 23, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"I must tell you that I commented that night when he did come on stage with his two beautiful little girls looking so proud, as he was as well, but when they left and went to the back, I noticed it even more... I felt that he wasn't walking well and I thought that was due to some injuries that caused that. I also noticed that when he came to speak, that he seemed, I don't want to say out of breath, but he was sweating and all that. I didn't think too much of it on the night and thought maybe he was nervous or whatever, but I just didn't feel like there was something wrong with him and I had no idea whatsoever as to what was to follow, that was quite a shock." - Bruno Sammartino discusses Ultimate Warrior condition before death
April 30, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
While a lot of speculation and rumors have been floating around that he has signed the contract offer with the company because he made some appearances recently to discuss the life of the Ultimate Warrior, Sting still has yet to sign a deal with WWE to become an on screen character. He might have signed a minor deal for merchandise and DVD, however.
April 29, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
A picture of Chris Masters doing a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior, whose surprising death took place earlier this month, by dressing up as the legendary WWE star.
April 29, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"He's definitely a legendary guy that deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, I'm glad he got to go in when he was still alive. I always respected him as a performer, some of his matches were pretty quick I remember he came in the Winnipeg arena once and beat Andre the Giant in 30 seconds, at the time I was like, 'What a rip off! That sucks.' But I remember Wrestlemania 6 where he had a classic with Hulk Hogan, much like a lot of guys from that time period he had good matches when he had the right opponent." - Chris Jericho on Ultimate Warrior as a performer
April 29, 2014
Chris Jericho
"I only treat people the way that they treat me and I only met Warrior once and he was really gracious and really cool to me back in 1998 in WCW. He was there to do something with Hulk Hogan and I remember I went up to say hi to him and he went, 'Hey, Chris Jericho, I know you, you're doing a great job you're doing some good work.' I was a nobody at the time and I remember thinking, 'Wow, the Warrior likes me that totally smokes.' It made me feel that I must be doing something right and it gave me a little bit of a boost and I always remembered that." - Chris Jericho meets Ultimate Warrior backstage
April 29, 2014
Chris Masters
In a very touching display, Chris Masters did a tribute to the Ultimate Warrior, whose death rocked the world of professional wrestling earlier this month. While working an independent wrestling show in England, Masters dressed up as Ultimate Warrior, use his theme song, performed his trademark running entrance and even wrestled the same style.
April 28, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"Glad I was able to shake the man's hand and speak for a moment. My thoughts and prayers to your wife and two daughters. Rest in peace, Ultimate Warrior." - Tensai comments on the death of the WWE legend
April 26, 2014
Jake Roberts
Through Twitter, Jake Roberts recently revealed that he and the Ultimate Warrior made up when both of the legendary performers were inducted into the WWE hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 week. Roberts did not mention much about the backstage heat between the two, but the master of the DDT did state that he was glad that a reconciliation happened before it was too late.
April 25, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
A tribute video of the Ultimate Warrior, whose death stunned WWE fans all over the world, by Diamond Dallas Page.
April 25, 2014
Orlando Jordan
"It was a great opportunity working with you in Barcelona. Time did make a difference, Brian. Rest in peace. Condolences to Dana and her two daughters." - Orlando Jordan on the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 25, 2014
Billy Gunn
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the Ultimate Warrior. Rest in peace." - Billy Gunn on the death of the WWE legend
April 25, 2014
Emma
A picture of Emma and Santino Marella doing an Ultimate Warrior tribute. The on screen WWE couple is wearing shirts with Warrior's logo on there.
April 24, 2014
Sting
A video of Sting talking about the Ultimate Warrior. WWE brought in the former world heavyweight champion to talk about his former tag team partner after his sudden death.
April 23, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"My condolences to the family of the Ultimate Warrior. I am happy to have met him, even if only briefly. The man truly had a presence." - Kofi Kingston the death of the WWE legend
April 22, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
"Warrior girls and I will put our toes back in the pond of life. To honor Warrior do something brave today too. He'd tell us all we can be sad but not lazy :) join a gym and put down that chocolate bunny. I'm going for my first run since I lost him; support us by doing something bold, brave and awesome." - Ultimate Warrior's wife tells wrestling fans on his Twitter account that she is moving on after his death
April 22, 2014
Chris Sabin
"After breaking my hand playing soccer, I emailed the Ultimate Warrior looking for inspiration and motivation, telling him of my dream of wanting to be a professional wrestler when I grew up. He actually emailed me back with super positive encouragement and told me I could do it." - Chris Sabin reveals how Ultimate Warrior motivated him early on in his career
April 22, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
"No way! I'm really shocked and saddened to hear the passing of one of my heroes, the Ultimate Warrior. Rest in peace." - Yoshi Tatsu comments about the death of the WWE legend
April 22, 2014
AJ Styles
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the Ultimate Warrior." - AJ Styles posting a quick message after the death of the Ultimate Warrior
April 21, 2014