Ultimate Warrior Net Worth

Ultimate Warrior Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

$1.5 Million

Wiki Biography

The Ultimate Warrior was born as James Brian Hellwig on the 16th June 1959, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA, and was a professional wrestler who competed in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and was a two-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, beating the famous Hulk Hogan along the way. Hellwig’s career started in 1985 and ended in 1998. He passed away in 2014.

Have you ever wondered how rich the Warrior was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the Warrior’s net worth was as high as $1.5 million, earned through his successful wrestling career. The Warrior also appeared on television, including in various commercials, which improved his wealth.

The Ultimate Warrior Net Worth $1.5 Million

James Brian Hellwig was born the oldest of five children, and was raised by his mother after his father left in 1971. He went to Veedersburg’s Fountain Central High School and then studied at Indiana State University for a year. The Warrior started lifting weights when he was 11, and became an amateur bodybuilder when he moved to California, winning the 1984 NPC Mr. Georgia crown before forming a wrestling team with Garland Donoho, Mark Miller, and Steve Borden in 1985.

His professional career began under the pseudonym Jim “Justice” Hellwig as a member of Powerteam USA, trained by Rick Bassman and Red Bastien. They later changed their name to The Freedom Fighters, and The Blade Runners, but Hellwig left in 1986 to have his solo debut in Dallas at the World Class Championship Wrestling promotion, earning $50 for a night.

In 1987, Warrior competed in the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship, winning the title over Bob Bradley in February. He left the championship in April to work on house shows, when he adopted the name The Ultimate Warrior. In the late ‘80s Hellwig appeared in TV ads for Irving, Texas car dealership Westway Ford. The Warrior joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1987, and quickly fought his way into the wrestling elite in the next year. In 1988, Warrior won the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship after defeating The Honky Tonk Man, which only increased his net worth. He later lost the title to Rick Rude, but regained it in 1989 against the same opponent.
Hellwig won the WWF World Heavyweight Champion in 1990 after beating Hulk Hogan, who was wrestling’s biggest star at the time. He fought sporadically until 1998, when Warrior retired officially in November 1998, after which he became a public speaker, and maintained a personal blog.

Regarding his personal life, The Ultimate Warrior was married to Shari Lynn Tyree from 1982 to 1991, and he later married Dana Viale in 1999, with whom he had two. Only three days after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, Warrior died on 8 April 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. According to eyewitnesses, Hellwig collapsed after clutching his chest while walking towards his car with his wife. The autopsy revealed that he died of a heart attack caused by therosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Full NameThe Ultimate Warrior
Net Worth$1.5 Million
Date Of BirthJune 16, 1959
DiedApril 8, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Place Of BirthCrawfordsville, Indiana, United States
Height1.91 m
Weight127 kg
ProfessionProfessional wrestler
EducationIndiana State University, Fountain Central High School
SpouseDana Hellwig (m. 1999–2014), Shari Lynn Tyree (m. 1982–1991)
ChildrenMattigan Twain Warrior, Indiana Marin Warrior
MoviesSummerSlam, 10. Vampires vs. Zombies, 9. French Foreign Legion vs. Gurkhas, 8. Crazy Horse vs. Pancho Villa, SummerSlam
TV ShowsWCW Monday Nitro, Saturday Night's Main Event
1Runs to the ring as his entrance
2Incomprehensible interviews and promos.
3Multi-colored face paint.
4Finishing move: Running Splash onto an opponent's front or back
5Wrestling finishing move "The Gorilla Press Slam"
WrestleMania VII (1991)$500,000
1Every man's heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe their final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them bleed deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers -- by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him, and make the running the man did live forever.
2Always Believe.
1Warrior collapsed outside a hotel in Scottsdale, AZ at 5:50 PM on April 8, 2014, while walking to his car with his wife, Dana. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
2WWE Hall of Famer.
3Owns and operates Warrior university in Scottsdale, Arizona.
4Motivational Speaker around the country for Young America's Foundation. [2003]
5Defeated Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania VI (1990) for the WWF championship.
6Was born Brian James Hellwig but legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993.
7Once while performing in El Paso, Texas, visited a well-known strip club called "Prince Machiavelli's." The manager offered him a job as the head bouncer in the event that his wrestling career didn't work out.
8One of the longest-running pro wrestling myths states that he is actually the second wrestler to portray the Ultimate Warrior, as the original died of steroid use in the 1980s. Evidence used to support this myth is that the "second Warrior" had lighter hair and was bulkier in physique. However, this is just one of many pro wrestling myths with little factual basis. Hellwig is the only wrestler to portray the Ultimate Warrior in any form.
9Ex-wife Sherri was a stripper at the renowned Million Dollar Saloon in Dallas, Texas.
10Second daughter, Mattigan Twain Warrior, was born on 16th December 2002. She weighed 7lb 10oz.
11Was stripped of the WWF Intercontinental Championship after he won the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI (1990).
12Was a tag team partner with Steve Borden (aka "Sting") from 1984 to 1986 as the Bladerunners. Warrior was then known as "Rock", Borden was called "Flash". Competed in World Class Championship Wrestling (home of the legendary Von Erich clan) under the name "The Dingo Warrior".
13Won a five-year-long lawsuit against WWF/Titan Sports/Vince McMahon in 2000 regarding the use of his names "The Warrior" and "Ultimate Warrior". He legally changed his name to "Warrior" before the lawsuit, in fact, even before he joined the WWF, because he wanted to get back into wrestling after his father had died, and he didn't want to carry on his father's legacy (having fallen out with him many years before). The lawsuit was settled in 2001 (information courtesy of ringside collectibles shoot interview).
14Daughter, Indiana (Indy) Marin Warrior, born in 2000.
15Invented the term, 'Warriorism'
16Legally changed his name to Warrior, so he could own the rights to that name, thus able to continue his gimmick in any wrestling federation he chooses.
17Former WWF World Heavyweight Champion
18Fomer 2-time WWF Intercontinental Champion
19Won Comeback Pro Wrestler of the Year Award in 1992.


Warrior: The Ultimate Legend2014
WrestleMania XXX2014TV MovieThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE 2k142013Video GameThe Ultimate Warrior (voice)
Nu Wrestling Evolution2005TV SeriesUltimate Warrior (2009)
WCW Monday Nitro1998TV SeriesThe Warrior
WCW/NWO Fall Brawl: War Games1998TV MovieThe Warrior
Firepower1993The Swordsman
Saturday Night's Main Event1988-1992TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
WWF Superstars1987-1992TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
WWF: Wrestlefest '911991VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWF Challenge1987-1991TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
World Wrestling Federation1990-1991TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
Royal Rumble1991VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
Best of Saturday Night's Main Event1991VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
Summerslam1990VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWF: Wrestlefest '901990VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
Royal Rumble1990VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie1989TV MovieThe Ultimate Warrior
Summerslam1989VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
Fan Favourites1989VideoUltimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior1989VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
Royal Rumble1989VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
The Brains Behind the Brawn1989VideoUltimate Warrior
Spectrum Wrestling1988TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
Summerslam1988TV MovieThe Ultimate Warrior
Best of the WWF Volume 161988VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWF: Wrestlefest 881988TV MovieThe Ultimate Warrior
WWF Prime-Time Wrestling1988TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
Odd Jobs1986


W.W.E. 242015TV Series documentary dedicatee - 1 episode
The Goldbergs2014TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode


Sting: Into the Light2015Video documentaryHimself / Rock
W.W.E. 242015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Lost Journals of Huey Williams2014ShortHimself
WWE Raw1996-2014TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE Hall of Fame2014TV SpecialHimself (as The Ultimate Warrior)
Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection2014VideoHimself (as Warrior)
Hannity & Colmes2007TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
WCW/NWO Halloween Havoc1998TV SpecialThe Warrior
The Anti Gravity Room1996TV SeriesHimself
King of the Ring1996TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
WWF in Your House 71996TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania XII1996TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
Summerslam1992TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania VIII1992TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
Summerslam1991TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania VII1991TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
Survivor Series1990TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior- The Ultimate Warriors)
Seriously... Phil Collins1990TV MovieHimself (as The Ultimate Warrior)
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHimself
WrestleMania VI1990TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
Survivor Series1989TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior - The Ultimate Warriors
WrestleMania V1989TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
Survivor Series1988TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania IV1988TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
Royal Rumble1988TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
The 37th Annual Slammy Awards1987TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior

Archive Footage

WWE Raw1996-2014TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior Ultimate Warrior
Macho Man: The Randy Savage Story2014Video documentaryThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: The Legends of Wrestlemania2014TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment2013Video documentaryHimself
Legends of the Mid-South Wrestling2013VideoBladerunner Flash
WWE: Best of WWE at Madison Square Garden2013VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: The Best of WarGames2013VideoThe Warrior
nWo: The Revolution2012Video documentaryThe Warrior
WWE Saturday Morning Slam2012TV SeriesUltimate Warrior
Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart2011VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE All Stars2011Video GameUltimate Warrior
The True Story of WrestleMania2011VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan2010VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: The Undertaker's Deadliest Matches2010VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
Hart and Soul: The Hart Family Anthology2010VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania XXVI2010TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: Macho Madness - The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection2009VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: Greatest Stars of the '90s2009VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE Legends of WrestleMania2009Video GameThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: Summerslam - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12009The Ultimate Warrior
The WWE: The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event2009VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: The History of the Intercontinental Championship2008VideoHimself (as Ultimate Warrior)
The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect2008VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: Royal Rumble - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 12007VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
Hannity & Colmes2007TV SeriesThe Ultimate Warrior
Ric Flair & The Four Horsemen2007Video documentaryThe Ultimate Warrior
WrestleMania 232007TV SpecialThe Ultimate Warrior
Hulk Hogan: The Ultimate Anthology2006VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE: The History of the WWE Championship2006VideoHimself (as Ultimate Warrior)
Jake 'The Snake' Roberts: Pick Your Poison2005VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 22005VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
WWE WrestleMania: The Complete Anthology, Vol. 32005VideoThe Ultimate Warrior
The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior2005Video documentaryHimself (as Ultimate Warrior)
Hollywood Hulk Hogan: Hulk Still Rules2002Video documentaryHimself (as Ultimate Warrior)
WrestleMania X82002TV SpecialHimself (as Ultimate Warrior)
Biography1999TV Series documentaryHimself
WWF Supertape Vol. 31991VideoThe Ultimate Warrior

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