Fans, wrestlers alike mourn death of 'The Ultimate Warrior' on Twitter

Ultimate Warrior
Ultimate Warrior

As soon as you heard the cymbals crash and the bass line thump, you knew business was about to pick up. Throughout the 1980s and '90s “The Ultimate Warrior” was among the most popular and beloved heroes in the pro wrestling world, appearing most prominently with the WWF (now WWE) and WCW.

So it came as no surprise when, on Tuesday night, after news of James Brian Hellwig death began to circulate that there was an outpouring of sympathy on social media. The larger-than-life personas he shared the squared circle and spotlight with expressed their grief via Twitter:

As big and strong as these performers are, it’s hard to remember that at one point they were fans, just like the thousands they entertain on a nightly basis. Current WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan (real name Bryan Danielson) won the promotion’s undisputed heavyweight title over the weekend at WrestleMania XXX in front of his boyhood idol:

Just this morning Hellwig posed for a selfie with a fan in the New Orleans airport:

The McMahon family, which has owned the WWE since its inception, was also effusive in its praise of Hellwig’s service to the promotion and mourned his loss:

Hellwig was inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame on Saturday night, joined onstage by his two young daughters. He also appeared at WrestleMania XXX on Sunday and on Monday Night Raw the following night at the New Orleans Arena. He was invited into the ring to thank his legion of fans during Monday night’s show:

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