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UPDATE 04/13/2014: The Ultimate Warrior's wife Dana Hellwig is being taken care of after the passing of her husband. In addition to the outpouring of support from fans and mainstream media alike, the WWE has jumped in to make sure Dana is taken care of. According to TMZ, the company has sent two employees to Arizona to assist Dana with the mundane details in the wake of Warrior's sudden death, such as grocery shopping and filtering news to family.
For a company who Warrior spent the better part of a two decades battling, the WWE is doing what they can to make up for lost time posthumously. A large memorial for Warrior is planned for Monday Night Raw on April 14.
During Wrestelmania XXX weekend in New Orleans, Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig's wife Dana Hellwig was front and center during his WWE Hall of Fame induction. A visibly proud and emotional Hellwig sat and supported her husband during the crowning achievement of his professional life. The Hall of Fame induction, and subsequent appearances at Wrestlemania and the next nights Monday Night Raw brought into focus the sacrifice which Warrior had put himself through for his wrestling career.
One day after his last appearance, the Ultimate Warrior died at age 54.
Warrior, whose former name is Jim Hellwig but legally changed to Warrior in 1993, wrestled in the WWE for much of the 1980s and 1990s. He battled the company over it's portrayal of him in a DVD release The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior. Based on negative portrayals and testimonies from former opponents including Triple-H, Warrior filed lawsuit against the company in 2006, which was ultimately dismissed in 2009. Though relations were strained, Warrior returned in 2014 for his Hall of Fame induction, while also announcing he'd signed a multi-year deal as an ambassador for the company.
Outside of the ring, Warrior was a committed family man. His firs marriage fell apart shortly after his wrestling career. After establishing a presence outside the ring as a motivational speaker, Warrior married Dana Hellwig in 2000, though she declined to change her last name to Warrior. The couple has two daughters, Indiana Marin "Indy" Warrior and Mattigan Twain Warrior.
Warrior's final public appearance occurred at the Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania. In what was a strange and telling premonition Warrior went to the ring to don the Warrior mask and cut a final promo:
No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. 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 and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized. By the story tellers, by the loyalty, by the memory of those who honor him and make the running the man did live forever. You, you, you, you, you, you are the legend makers of Ultimate Warrior. In the back I see many potential legends. Some of them with warrior spirits. And you will do the same for them. You will decide if they lived with the passion and intensity. So much so that you will tell your stories and you will make them legends, as well. I am Ultimate Warrior. You are the Ultimate Warrior fans. And the spirit of the Ultimate Warrior will run forever!
TMZ broke the story, indicating that Warrior collapsed while walking to his car with his wife outside of their hotel. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. No cause of death has been released yet.
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Triple H's wife Stephanie McMahon is a badass both on and off-screen.
Triple H (or HHH, or Hunter Hearst Helmsley, or Jean Paul Levesque, or Paul Michael Levesque,... your choice) and wife Stephanie McMahon (just Stephanie McMahon actually) represent The Authority on WWE broadcasts. The couple wildly wields their authority over the wrestling roster to push storylines and agenda's in the direction they see in the best interest of the WWE brass. Both actually hold real positions of authority in the WWE, with HHH serving as Executive Vice President of Talent since 2011, and Stephanie acting as Chief Brand Officer. Stephanie McMahon is the daughter of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.
HHH is well known to have dated Chyna during their time together in Degeneration X. When the off-screen romance with Chyna fizzled, Triple-H and Stephanie began dating in 2000. It's an obvious pairing with both spending so much time on the road travelling city to city for WWE events. There are rumors swirling about the exact timing of the relationship starting. Chyna has claimed that McMahon and Triple-H had an affair while she was still with him, and that Stephanie ultimately drove the company to release her from her contract. For his part, Triple-H has remained steadfast that he began dating Stephanie after his relationship with Chyna was long over, publicly saying as much on the Opie & Anthony Show.
After three years of dating, the two were engaged on Valentine's Day, 2003. They were married the following Octover, and have since brought three daughters into the world. Stephanie has taken Triple-H's last name, and move McMahon to her middle name (making her legally Stephanie McMahon Levesque).
Triple H steps out of semi-retirement and into the grandest stage of them all Sunday at Wrestlemania. In a precursor to the Main Event, Triple H will step into the ring against Daniel Bryan with the winner set to join the triple threat title match against Randy Orton and Batista.
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As we ramp up coverage for Wrestlemania XXX, Dave Bautista's wife Glenda Bautista and Dave Bautista's wife Angie Bautista are two more examples that being married to a professional wrestler is not an easy gig.
To be fair, we're not suggesting that The Animal, Batista isn't a nice guy outside the ring... he certainly could be. But in what's becoming a regular tradition, as seen by The Undertaker, The Rock, John Cena and Randy Orton,... marriages don't seem to last for professional wrestlers. Dave Bautista's two ex-wives Angie and Glenda Bautista are further examples, that WWE marriages are rarely death till they part.
Dave and Glenda Bautista were married in the early 90s, and have two daughters together, Kailani and Athena. Batista (who I was stunned to learn is 45 years old), actually has two grandsons to older daughter Kailani. The couple split by the mid 90s before Batista met his second wife, Angie Bautista.
Dave and Angie Bautista married in 1998 before separating in 2006. Angie Bautista is an ovarian cancer survivor after a long battle with the disease. With the help of some friends, his trainer, and his daughter, Batista put together a video to help raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Project.
Despite their split, Dave and Angie Bautista have reconciled and are close friends. Batista points to his book to help bring the couple back together, saying that the two "have really become close again, which we really haven't been in years. I really learned a lot about her, and she learned a lot about me from reading the book. She actually saw things from a different perspective from reading the book. So that was definitely therapeutic." Batista has a tattoo which says "Angel" for Angie.
Since his split with Angie, Batista has linked himself to a couple WWE Divas, including Kelly Kelly, Rosa Mendes and Melina Perez. All of these alleged romances took place prior to Batista's leave from the company in 2010. After returning before the Royal Rumble in 2014, Batista is set for the Main Event at Sunday's Wrestlemania XXX. With his whirlwind return, I doubt he's had much time to raid the Diva's locker room, but you never know. In the doubtful event he walks away from the triple threat match with the belt, he'll certainly have his pick.