James Brian Hellwig, better known as The Ultimate Warrior, wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1987 to 1992, with an incredibly brief return in 1996. He also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling for a few months in 1998, where he was known as The Warrior. Through it all, his legacy is a very complicated one.
Earl Hebner, an IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Famer and WWE alumnus, mentioned briefly Hulk Hogan ripping his referee shirt at SummerSlam 1990 during a K & S Wrestlefest live stream on Facebook. That night, Hogan faced Earthquake in the co-main event. Midway through the match, Hogan was trapped in a bearhug by Earthquake.
Hebner checked on Hogan by raising his right arm after 40 seconds with Hogan stuck in the hold. When Hogan’s arm came down, he reached out and ripped off two chunks of Hebner’s shirt, which perplexed both Hebner and Vince McMahon. Vince asked in a confused tone on commentary, “What was that for?”
When asked if the spot was planned, Hebner said, “No! In fact, I started telling them they were going to have to buy me more shirts because The Ultimate Warrior, a while back, would rip every one of them because he was an idiot.” Explaining his thoughts on Warrior, Hebner stated, “I liked him but he didn’t care about nobody or nothing.”
Hebner officiated matches for Jim Crocket Promotions (1977-88), WWE (1988-2005), IMPACT (2006-17), the NWA (70th Anniversary Show on October 21, 2018), and AEW (2019-21). Hebner returned to IMPACT on June 19 after a year hiatus to make the three-count in the 10-man tag-team match, giving The Impact Wrestling Originals the win over Honor No More at the Slammiversary pay-per-view. He also had a brief stint as an AEW official during the company’s early days, but he sadly didn’t attend many events.
We’ll have to see how the Ultimate Warrior is remembered next, because there are obviously a lot of memories about him.To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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