Many fans will remember the character of the Ultimate Warrior played by Jim Hellwig. He recently conducted an extensive interview on his career and other thoughts:
- Who came up with the original concept of the Dingo Warrior character?
I did. When I went to WCCW.
- Did you ever imagine that the Ultimate Warrior would become as huge of a superstar as he did?
Well, I've said before, to the consternation of many people in the business who think they know more about my life than I do, that when I got in the business I set goals for myself. Of course, a lot of people do that. They pursue goals and things that don't work out as they originally envisioned. I did get in the business and set goals for myself and I was giving myself a time frame.
Was there a definitive amount of time I was giving myself when I got in the business? No. But I had taken a leave from pursuing a doctor of chiropractic career with the idea that I would go make some money, come back and open my own practice. So when I got in it I did have high goals. I don't set any low goals. I didn't get in it just to be a pro wrestler. I didn't know the terms at the time but as I came to know the terms I would say I didn't get into the business to become a jobber or a guy that didn't reach the top of the business.
- What do you feel contributed to the character becoming so big in the wrestling world?
Well, on a number of different levels. I mean his presence, the way he looked, the body thing, the connection to looking like he walked off the pages of a comic book, the continual evolution of the character from the beginning. I invested in the character. My efforts to refine my physique and use the knowledge I had from my body building career.
I knew when me and Steve got in the business that bodies were coming in. The Road Warrior guys were an impressive duo. They were upper body guys. They didn't have the legs. They didn't have the full physique like I did. So I knew to use my physique and if I could keep from getting injured that I could make a spot in it. There were characters in the business and I knew if I could take my own personality characteristics and wrap them up in an energetic, exciting, intense character that it would help his appeal and help build a fan base. Some of the stuff naturally happened out of instinct in the ring.
At first when I was in the WWF they had three shows a night. I wasn't on the TV. They had A, B, and C teams. I was on the C team at the time, learning. Some of the stuff I did in the ring just came out and I knew just from listening to the fans just to continue to do even though the veterans at the time told me they didn't think it would be a good thing for me to continue to do those things as the character would ultimately just die out if I did. The vernacular, the jargon, everything I created around him, the whole comic book world, what he was, how he talked, how he acted, and everything about him, there is something very motivating about it and it was very energetic for people. There wasn't ever a lull in the energy. I think that's one of the reasons why he became so big. It was the entire package.