WWE News: Autopsy Findings On WWE Legend Ultimate Warrior Won’t Be Released Yet
Results from wrestling legend James Hellwig’s autopsy will not be released just yet, according to a report from ESPN.
Hellwig, better known to legions of wrestling fans as The Ultimate Warrior, died Tuesday due to a “catastrophic medical event” outside of a hotel in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy Thursday, but county spokeswoman Cari Gerchick said that the examiner’s office had no plans to release any preliminary findings. She did not say when any information would be released.
Gerchick also said that determining Hellwig’s cause of death would take longer than usual because his death appeared to be medical-related. The 54-year-old wrestler, whose given name was James Hellwig, collapsed Tuesday while walking with his wife to their car at a Scottsdale hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Scottsdale police say there were no signs of foul play.
Hellwig was one of pro wrestling’s biggest stars in the late 1980s. Former WWE star Sean “X-Pac” Waltman attended the Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday where Warrior was honored and saw the inductee before he went on the stage to make his speech.
“I got a sense he wasn’t well,” Waltman said. “It was sad to me. He was kind of hunched over. He used to have such great posture. You just had this sense that he wasn’t well. But he was in great spirits. He came up to (other wrestlers) and gave them hugs.”
Following an 18-year absence due to a very bitter real life feud with WWE chairman Vince McMahon, Warrior was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday. Then on Monday, he put on his signature airbrushed trench coat, shook the white ring ropes, and, for a few fleeting minutes, the wrestler billed as hailing from Parts Unknown was back home in the wrestling ring.
“Speak to me, Warriors!” he bellowed on Raw.
He soaked up the applause from a New Orleans crowd chanting his name and pulled out a neon mask that replicated the face paint he always wore in his wrestling days. Warrior cut a promo to show how much he appreciated his return to the WWE. Less than 24 hours later, Warrior, one of the most colorful stars in pro wrestling history, was dead.
His last promo on Raw seems almost eerie now with his triumphant return overshadowed by his sudden death.
“No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own,” Warrior said. “Every 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, it makes them bleed deeper and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.”
Triple H said he spent 18 months getting to know Warrior and both sides put hard feeling aside to bring him back into the WWE fold. He said Warrior was like a “kid reborn” to headline Saturday night’s Hall of Fame class. Warrior had signed a deal to work as a WWE ambassador.
“It was time to move on and get past all of it,” Levesque said. “In some ways, when you’ve been in this business and in the WWE, you’re all brothers. Can we get back to being brothers?”
Warrior was the only Hall of Famer that was granted his own moment on Monday. His final words to the crowd are ones wrestling fans will surely take to heart.
“The spirit of The Ultimate Warrior will run forever,” he said.