In a recent episode of Grilling JR, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross talked about The Ultimate Warrior and his behavior backstage. He has a lot to say about Hellwig’s biggest problem that ultimately stalled his career- his attitude.
Hellwig refused to change his moves or adapt to a different match scenario, according to JR.
“You can’t come to the same match,” explains JR. “You gotta be diversified, you get to add little, you got to take away a little, you gotta change things up because the same thing the customer saw you last well so are you gonna do the same routine?”
JR revealed how Warrior was the type of guy who gave sole importance to his looks. He didn’t value his performance as much. His arrogance made his colleagues isolate him.
“Nobody really cared to help Hellwig because he’s the kind of guy that you talked to, you could see in his face he wasn’t listening,” explains JR. “He always felt that he was smarter than everybody else-‘I’m only here because of the money’.”
“A lot of guys didn’t want to give him the time of day and so that’s kind of their deal so it just didn’t work,” revealed Ross.
Warrior’s mindset got even the agents to steer clear of him. His lack of willingness to cooperate or improve made him stagnate; his character was becoming a dead show.
Recalling the iconic match between Warrior and Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 6, JR claims that the sole credit should have gone to Hogan.
“If you go back and watch that match which a lot of people have you know, Hogan led the match,” says JR. “Hogan structured it to where they only did things that Warrior could do reasonably well and that was a short noose set.”
Jim Ross explains how Hellwig was never a team player. Even though the wrestling industry seems like an individual effort, teamwork is crucial.
As a man for himself, unwilling to take the advice of veterans or colleagues, Hellwig was soon left out. His behavior was recognized by superiors and pretty much everyone around him.
“Just was a situation where this guy didn’t seem to be all in on our area at that point in time,” concludes JR.
The Ultimate Warrior could have gone places if he hadn’t been the way he was. His attitude and work ethic was the sole reason why various promotions dropped him.
To this day, Jim Ross maintains that he never was a fan of the Warrior and never will be.