Today would have been the 58th birthday of James Brian Hellwig. Known most recently legally as Warrior, he is known to millions as The Ultimate Warrior.
Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Hellwig was the oldest of five children. He was raised by his mother and later his stepfather after his biological father left when he was 12. A graduate of Fountain Central High School in Veedersburg, Indiana, he attended Indiana State University for a year.
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Hellwig took up amateur bodybuilding in the early 1980s after spending most of his early life training with weights (he began weight training at age 11). After moderate success, including winning the NPC Mr. Georgia in 1984 and finishing fifth in the Junior USAs the next year, Hellwig accepted an offer to join a group of wrestling bodybuilders: Powerteam USA.
Trained by Red Bastien and Rick Bassman, Hellwig made his professional wrestling debut as Jim “Justice” Hellwig. He would team with Steve “Flash” Borden (Borden would go on to great success himself as Sting) and form first the Freedom Fighters, but later the Blade Runners. Hellwig was Blade Runner Rock, while Borden was Blade Runner Flash. The duo teamed for about a year in the Continental Wrestling Association, and later in Bill Watts’ version of the UWF. The group disbanded when Hellwig left UWF in 1986.
Hellwig went to Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling in 1986, adopting the name “Dingo Warrior” after someone in the locker room remarked the looked like a warrior. In late 1986, Dingo Warrior and Lance Von Erich defeated Master Gee and Matt Borne to win the WCWA Tag Team Championship. They only held the title for two weeks before losing them to Al Madril and Brian Adias.
In early 1987, Warrior won the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship. Two months later, he vacated the title when he left the company. He briefly returned, but would leave again for good later in the year to join the WWF.
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