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In August, 1998, the world of professional wrestling got a wake-up call in the form of The Warrior, when he made his presence known on TNT's WCW Monday Nitro. Yes, this was the same man who used to go by the name The Ultimate Warrior back in the glory days of the WWF from about 1988 to 1992. After 1992, The Ultimate Warrior disappeared off the professional wrestling map, albeit making one more very brief appearance in the WWF in 1996. Since then, his mystique has grown, as has the controversy of whether he's still alive or not. Well folks, he is.

What you are about to read is an interview I did with The Ultimate Warrior back in 1990, when he had just beaten Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Championship. Now, 8 years later the scenario is about to repeat itself at the 1998 WCW Halloween Havoc Pay-Per-View when The Warrior will now face "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan to see if The Warrior's O.W.N. (One Warrior Nation) can defeat the nefarious leader of The N.W.O. (New World Order) Black & White Express, or N.W.O.-Hollywood as it's referred to. Back in 1990, it was the first time 2 popular, "good guys" did battle for the WWF title. Now it's Good (O.W.N.) Vs. Evil (N.W.O.).

It was tough getting this interview and I had to go through so much red tape to get this interview, that it was almost a two year process. Once I got the green light from the WWF, I had to submit questions, get them approved, then submit the article, which was then edited for content so as not to offend the other wrestler's in the WWF and to uphold the marketing of their top star at the time. I still considered it a triumph, even though what was printed in our November, 1990, issue of the NPC News was only about 2/3 of the interview. The triumph come's from the fact we were the first magazine, outside of the numerous professional wrestling magazine's, and the WWF Magazine, to be allowed access to a WWF wrestler for a legitimate interview.

Why The Ultimate Warrior you may ask? Because back then, he was the first professional wrestler to blast on to the scene with a true bodybuilding physique. He started out as The Dingo Warrior in the WCCW, (the precursor to the current WCW), then jumped over to the then more lucrative WWF. I also knew that he was former NPC bodybuilder Jim Hellwig, (which I was forbidden to mention), who had competed in a variety of NPC contests before turning to the professional wrestling scene. I thought his story would be interesting considering his bodybuilding background. And I still do.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit his official web site, and read his current philosophies on training and dieting in 1998. What I found refreshing was that pretty much the same training and dietary techniques that we touched upon in 1990, he still advocates eight years later. I also found lots of other entertaining and informative items, particularly relating to his leaving the WWF in 1992, his one shot appearance again in 1996, and the fact that he and Titan Sports are engaged in a legal battle over the trademark moniker The Ultimate Warrior. Hence his only being known as The Warrior in WCW.

Many things have changed in the last eight years. Now Jim Hellwig is no more as he legally had his name changed to Warrior Hellwig a few years back. That rumor was confirmed recently on the official WCW web site, But one thing is certain. When you see The Warrior, you'll see the man who literally set the standard for what most of today's top, muscular professional wrestler's look like.

As a bonus, what you are about to read is the complete, un-edited interview that has never been published before. Afterwards, I suggest you visit his official web site for more information. There, you can even purchase a video of his training methods.

J.M.M. 9/98
Reprinted From November, 1990:

by J. M. Manion

If you have been paying close attention to this publication lately, you'll know that I've been dropping hints about the most successful NPC athlete that has graduated to bigger and better things and is on television every week. Many people have said, "You must mean Cory?" No! "Well then, it's Lee Haney." No again! "Okay, how about Arnold?" Again, no! As a matter of fact, Arnold never competed in the NPC because he's from Austria. So just who is this NPC graduate? The World Wrestling Federation Champion - THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR!

I realized from the first moment I watched him on 'All American Wrestling' that he was a bodybuilder. Who he was at the time, that's what I didn't know. All I knew was he had the most tremendous physique of any wrestler I've ever seen, and he epitomized the look of a bodybuilder more than anyone else on television - and he was accepted for it! He wasn't considered a freak or fag or any of the other tags that the general public still labels bodybuilders with - he was appreciated. Now I really had to find out more about THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR.So my journalistic trek began over one and a half years ago.

I studied this man every week, watching every interview with him and making mental notes. I realized that he was an intense man and very serious when he comes into the ring for a match. He is the only WWF superstar that literally runs to the ring, slides under the bottom rope, bounces back and forth off the ropes and jumps right into combat. I'd never witnessed that much intensity in or out of the ring from any WWF wrestler before.

As fate would have it, The Warrior's career skyrocketed so fast that the next thing I knew he was the WWF Intercontinental Champion, a title he held for approximately one year before he unified the WWF Intercontinental and World Championships in Wrestlemania VI by defeating then-current champion Hulk Hogan. (As you now know, The Warrior relinquished the Intercontinental title to concentrate on his World Championship. Mister Perfect now holds the Intercontinental Championship title.) All this time, I was still trying to get my interview, and I knew that as The Warrior became more successful, the more difficult it would be to get an interview. I didn't want it to look like I was cashing in on his fame because I had wanted to interview him before he became the Intercontinental Champion.

Over the next year, I asked many people in the bodybuilding community if they knew who The Ultimate Warrior really was? I was thrown because of the face make-up he constantly wore and the length of his hair. I only needed to catch a glimpse of him to recognize him.

As naturally happens, when The Warrior sweats his make-up comes off. I looked at his face once and I recognized him. All I needed to do was confirm my suspicions. As I continued asking questions, I realized that The Warrior had really made the bodybuilding circuit. I spoke to many people who knew The Warrior and tried to help me get in contact with him like Jim Rockell, owner of Samson's Gym in Rochester, N.Y.; Peter Potter, NPC Vice-President and owner of the Hollywood Health Spa in Hollywood, Florida; Rick Poston, owner of Gold's Gym of Tampa, Florida; Dean Caputo, owner of Powerhouse Gym in Streetsboro, Ohio; Magic Schwarz of California and a regular at Gold's Gym - Venice; Marty DeMerjian, one of bodybuilding's biggest supporters; Kevin Wagner, an NPC bodybuilder from Texas and finally Ed Conners, co-owner of Gold's Gym Enterprises. Ed became my closest lead as he informed me he helped The Warrior get into wrestling. So close, I thought, but yet so far. As I would learn, it was still so far.

While standing in the Pittsburgh airport one afternoon with my father waiting for luggage, I looked across the baggage claim area at this tremendously tall man wearing a t-shirt and shorts and it was easy to tell he was a bodybuilder. When he turned towards our direction looking for his luggage, I said, "Dad, I think that's The Ultimate Warrior." He said, "Let's go see." We approached him and I tapped his shoulder and said, "Aren't you . . ." and he said to my father, "You're Jim Manion, right?" We talked for a while and I explained to him how I've been trying to get in touch with him for an interview. The Warrior explained that he'd love to, but the final decision wasn't up to him, but the World Wrestling Federation. Damn, another door slammed shut in my face.

I wasn't about to give up yet. As I was contemplating my plan of attack, the WWF decided to enter the bodybuilding arena with the new Bodybuilding Lifestyles Magazine whose editor was Rochelle Larkin, formerly of Female Bodybuilding. Since the magazine will be featuring NPC and IFBB stars, they touched base with my father. My father spoke to WWF chief Vince McMahon and I bugged my father to mention The Warrior interview. He asked Vince who said he'd think about it. I figured the worst he could say was "No". To my surprise, Rochelle contacted me and quizzed me about the type of questions I would ask and the focus of the interview. I gave her a synopsis which she said to put in writing and fax to her. She got back to me the next day and I finally had the green light! The interview would take place on Saturday, June 9th at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena as The Warrior was on the card that evening. My contact would be Jonathan Flora.
I carefully prepared my notes and questions. Jonathan and I spoke and all the arrangements were set, except for one thing - I became ill that afternoon. When I was supposed to be doing my interview, I was in the Emergency room of a local hospital. Needless to say my spirits were low. Lucky for me I sent a friend to meet Jonathan and explain the situation.
It turned out The Warrior would be in the area the next few weeks, so Jonathan arranged to have the interview June 25th in Dayton, Ohio. I was elated. Then Jonathan called back and asked if I would mind doing the interview by phone on June 20th. That was even better.

So folks, it's time to finally meet the NPC's most successful athlete to date - THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR.

JM:When and where did you first start weight training and why?

UW:I started when I was 11 years old and like everybody else, I was just the small, insecure kid who wasn't into any sports. I entered a high school weight room once that had a Universal machine and it was just a one on one thing. The only competition was between me and the weights.

JM:Were you always tall?

UW:When I graduated from high school, I was 5' 10" and weighted 155 pounds. Now I'm 6' 3" and depending on how long I've been on the road, I stay between 275 to 262 pounds.

JM:When and why did you start bodybuilding or did it just happen?

UW:Yeah, it just happened. I never got into powerlifting or anything I guess because I was growing in height at the same time and had such long limbs and small joints. I was never into the 'ego trip' of working out with heavy weights.
My third or fourth year of college I went to California and saw all the bodybuilders like Robby Robinson pumping up. I was smart enough to realize that if these guys looked this way from repping out with weights and pumping up with strict form and not tossing heavy weights around, that was the way to do it. There was nothing to question. That was just the way they worked out and they all had the best physiques. Right then I realized that working out with correct form and letting the muscle decide how heavy a weight to use was the way to go.

JM:Did you learn your training methods from trial and error and asking questions?

UW:Yes. The scenario is the same as any other kid who wants to get his hands on all kinds of information. To be real honest, the main thing I kept was consistency and really worked-out hard. Just one exercise after another, boom-boom-boom-boom-boom. I didn't have a tolerance for people who sat around between sets in the gym, and this is before I had any type of physique whatsoever!

JM:So your mind-set was already geared towards bodybuilding?

UW:Yeah, you had to hurt. That's all I knew and you had to do it that way with every work-out.

JM:Do you remember the first contest you entered?

UW:It was a gym contest and I was living in Florida at the time and going to college. Peter Potter owned the gym and I won fifth place in my class.

JM:Did that wet your appetite for bodybuilding competition?


JM:What other NPC contests did you enter and where did you place?

UW:After Florida I moved to Marietta, Georgia. I was working out and getting bigger so I entered the Junior Atlanta contest and won that. Two weeks later I entered the Collegiate Nationals weighing only 209 and placed fifth in my class. I took a year off from competing and then came back in '84 to win the Georgia States and then went to the Nationals and don't even know if I placed (he laughs at remembering this). Then I went to the Junior USA in Beaumont, Texas and that was it.

JM:Was that the last contest you competed in and what did you weigh?

UW:Yeah, I took fourth in the Heavyweights the year Ron Love won the Overall. I weighed 257 and was 253 the year I went to the Nationals . . . (pauses for a while) but I never seemed to get it together on the day of a contest.

When I was training for the Junior USA, I weighed 279 the week before the contest - big and hard and never had any problems with fat, only water!

I competed in that contest 20 pounds lighter! It was just stupid things with my diet. I restricted my water when I shouldn't have and I always looked better 2 days after the contest. I just got frustrated with the whole thing and wasn't making any money.

JM:Is that when you decided to switch to pro wrestling?

UW:I came back to Georgia and that's when Ed Conners contacted me. There was this guy in California putting together a wrestling team called Powerteam USA. I went out there and it all fell apart.

I did get some training and the log was put on the fire as to, 'This is what I've got to do'.

JM:How did you get hooked up with Ed Conners?

UW:I was in chiropractic college then went to California in '84 after the Nationals. I met Ed when I was training at Gold's Gym. He got in touch with me through a few other people. He didn't even remember me from the '84 Nationals and had to go back and watch the tape. I was the last man in the contest.

Ed said he'd like to bring me to California to train and give me a salary for it and if things work out, I'd be a representative for Gold's Gym like the other guys out there. So I went and the show I trained for was the one in Beaumont and it just didn't work out. No rhyme or reason, it just wasn't in my cards with the things I was doing to prepare for the contest - I just got married and I was just too loony tune to stay on a contest diet at the time.

Some guys get so caught up and lost in the sport though. You see it all the time - some guys look in the mirror and don't really see what's there!

I knew I had a chiropractic education to fall back on, so after Texas I went back to Atlanta.

JM:So about 1985-86 is when you started wrestling?

UW:Yeah, the Christmas of '85.

JM:How long have you been in the World Wrestling Federation?

UW:Three and a half years.

JM:How long after you began did you win the Intercontinental Championship?

UW:When I came to the WWF I wasn't even on t.v. for a year. I was just working the smaller shows. It took about 15 months to become the Intercontinental Champion.

JM:How long did you hold the title?

UW:I lost it once to Rick Rude in Wrestlemania and won it back . . . approximately one year until winning the World Championship.

JM:What was the attraction or lure of professional wrestling over bodybuilding?

UW:To be honest, before this I had never watched it. The main thing I loved was working-out and I loved being in the gym and busting my behind lifting weights. I love the challenge of making yourself better in the fight against the weights. The smell of the gym and the sound of the weights and just sweating, that's what I love.
I went back to chiropractics for a while, but it was disappointing. After talking to Ed Conners, professional wrestling seemed like a way I could use what bodybuilding experience I did have to make some money and that's what I've done.

JM:Do you foresee yourself staying in professional wrestling for an extended period of time?

UW:As long as . . . (pauses to rethink his answer) I'm not going to be one of the guys who's on top and in his final days is a loser, I'll tell you that! I'll always be a winner and when it becomes time not to be a winner, I'll retire in a good way and won't come back or anything like that or be a special referee in a match to be added to the card as a special attraction. Wrestling in the WWF has been very good to me and given me financial security so I can do that when the time comes. As long as my body holds up I don't see any reason why I can't go on another 6, 7 or 8 years.

JM:Being that your lifestyle changed with the move to wrestling, how did your training change?

UW:I still train as a bodybuilder, more so now than when I was competing. I know more about my body now. It's instinctive.

JM:Bodybuilders only have to peak a couple of times a year. You always appear in fantastic bodybuilding shape.

UW:That gets back to the whole instinctive thing, like on t.v. days which are once every 3 weeks. Those can turn out to be 14 to 16 hour days of just continuous taping. I may take 4 or 5 showers on that day alone, constantly repainting my face and becoming mentally and physically drained standing in a hot room doing interviews. It's just sweating and drying off, but I know when my body needs a little food.

Sure, I have those days when I feel good or look flat. Like I said, I don't have a problem with fat, only water, but I'm learning about that too.

I set our pay-per-view shows as little goals. I'll watch my food more closely and do mini-carbohydrate depletions. I'll carb up a few days before a show and take a day off from training to rest my body. I can actually feel it working and because I do it so much, I try to stay as close as I can to top shape for what I've got.

JM:How often are you on the road?

UW:My travel schedule has me on the road about 25 days a month and sometimes 29 days a month! Any bodybuilder can come on the road with me for just 10 days and they wouldn't believe it.

I know I'm where I am because I've spent 18 years of my life in a gym working-out with weights. It's not because I spent 15 or 18 years in a wrestling ring learning how to wrestle. I know my body. When I started wrestling, I was a lot heavier and bulkier. I just used common sense and saw the business was going with bodies. As long as I could keep my physique going, I had a better body than anybody at the time. I figured if I leaned down and chiseled my body like a real live cartoon, I'd be a winner for sure.

JM:Is it difficult for you to maintain your shape?

UW:Yes, but it's getting easier all the time. I know when my body needs a piece of cheesecake and when it doesn't need anything.

I know if I'm flying coast to coast what I need on airplanes. I don't eat any bad or junk foods, I adhere to a bodybuilding lifestyle. If I can't eat good foods, I eat tuna. I take lots of amino acids and just started using the Parrillo Performance line of supplements. I'm into nutrition as much as the road allows me to be.

As much as the road wants to make you crack and let your guard down, I don't do it. This is what makes me different than everybody else and why I have what I have and I can continue to have for as long as I want. I'm like something that stepped off the pages of a comic book.

JM:Let's get specific about your training schedule. How often do you train a week?

UW:I try to go to the gym every day, but with the way my schedule is with airplanes, there will be days when I just can't make it to the gym.

If I'm stuck in a horrible airport where I can't get good food, I'll refuel my body by drinking water and taking aminos.

JM:What body parts do you work on what days?

UW:Usually I pick one body part that I really bomb with a lot of reps, sets and stretching. During the course of working the most out of that body part, I'll do some pump sets for other body parts. If I'm doing chest or back, I'll do some pump sets for biceps or triceps that day . The next day I'll pick another body part and bomb it.

If there's a day I had to miss, I'll pick up where I left off. There are no week-ends for me because I work on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so I go to the gym on those days too.

JM:I was curious about when you lift on the day you wrestle. Do you find it decreases your energy for wrestling or does it give you more energy?

UW:I have to work-out every day like I work every day. You just get up for it! I can be sitting back in the dressing room wondering, 'How am I going to run out there tonight?' But as soon as the music plays and the people pop, it just comes and it just happens.

Getting back to what you asked, every day I go to the gym, I bust my behind in whatever I train in the sense . . . I'm always moving. I'll do chest and between that I'll be stretching my chest and doing calves or abs or just stretching my hamstrings. I usually work the whole body every day in one way or another.

I do my calves and sit-ups every day. You don't see my calves in my boots, but I wear shorts in the summer, and I've got 20" calves so I'm different than other people. If I'm walking through an airport and I've got veins coming out of my calves, that sets me apart from other people. That's why I spend the time to do calf work.

JM:How many total sets do you average per body part?

UW: I just go by feel.

JM:How many reps do you perform per exercise?

UW:I just stand there drenched in sweat and do as many as I can. I don't really count reps, but I know it's in the 20 rep range. I do that from the very first set because usually when I go to the gym, my time is really limited.

JM:How much time do you have to train?

UW:Two hours at the most, but I like to catch a tan if I can. I spend an hour and fifteen minutes a day working-out in the gym. It's non-stop and that includes 10 sets for calves and 10 to 15 minutes of ab work.

JM:How do you decide what gym to train at when you get into a town?

UW:Well, I've been all over the country now, so I have my favorites or gyms that are convenient.

JM: How about aerobic activity for stamina?

UW:As far as riding a Lifecycle, no. If you're going by the normal standards for how long you have to keep your heart rate up for a certain level of time, I'm usually in an arena every night and go for 15 minutes. When I come to the ring I'm always running. I always jump-start my matches. You'll never see me come into the ring, shake the ropes, walk around and lock-up. I only did that with Hulk Hogan.

When I came back from the ring every night, I'm huffing and puffing pretty good.

JM:Your patterned move to end a match is the Gorilla Overhead Press. Is there any specific movement like Overhead Press that you perform to help you with this? You did it to Hogan in Wrestlemania and not many people can lay claim to that.

UW:I was always real strong in the Press Behind The Neck and used to do 315 for 10 reps using strict form with no bouncing.

JM:Where do you eat when you're on the road and do you have restaurants prepare the food special for you?

UW:I don't eat at Denny's! I go to Marriott's and many of the cooks are fans, so they will go out of their way to throw a couple of plain chicken breasts on and make some rice.

JM:How many times a day do you eat?

UW:That varies too. I try to eat 2 to 3 good meals at the most. The rest of the time I'm taking 200 to 250 aminos a day if for nothing else than the placebo effect. I really enjoy taking aminos.

JM:Do you ever count calories?

UW:I never count them because I don't really eat anything that's bad.

JM:Do you find any similarities between bodybuilding and wrestling in your mental approach since both are individual sports?

UW:As far as the intensity and getting fired-up to do it? Yeah! It's just something I do real quick.

Like NIKE says, 'Just Do It!' I use that philosophy in the ring and the gym. Screw the bullshit, do it! If I'm tired it doesn't really matter. I never had any tolerance for the whining bodybuilders who feel that someone should come and hand them something on a silver plate. What the Hell for?! Show some initiative!

JM:I'm assuming you stay in touch with what's happening in bodybuilding?

UW:I pick up the magazines all the time.

JM:Are you aware of the advent of drug-testing in the Men's national circuit and professional ranks? Do you have any opinions on it and do you think it's good for the sport?

UW:(pauses for a very long time to think) I don't know and understand it, but I'm not around that end of the sport that much either. (pauses again) Let's face it, there's politics in everything.

Look, I wish I'd never heard about steroids and I'm sure a lot of people feel the same way. My personal opinion is I'd rather go see the freaks. But you have to decide what's good for bodybuilding. 'Musclehead Gyms' don't make money, health spas do.

Another thing you want to see is personalities like Mike Quinn. I've never met the guy, but he's good for the sport because he's got personality.

JM:You epitomize the bodybuilding look to the masses more than anyone else today. Was or is this a conscience decision on your part?

UW:Yes. I knew there were already some big, bulky guys in it and I'd seen some of them up close and many don't have legs.

JM:Do you feel with your look that you can or will encourage today's youth to lead a healthier lifestyle?

UW:Oh, yeah, that's one of my messages. Another one of my messages to the kids is that it's never too late or never be afraid of taking a chance at something that you really think you want to do or be successful at. Even if you fail, it's not as bad as never trying to do it.

JM:What caught my attention in the pre-Wrestlemania interviews was when you spoke about the little Warriors and little Hulkamaniacs joining together. That made me think maybe the kids will look at you and think it would be great to be as healthy looking as The Ultimate Warrior?

UW:All those messages are right, but you can't just come out and say, 'Take your vitamins and say your prayers', because people will say, 'Oh that's just like Hulk Hogan'. But I can do it in my own way.

JM:I feel it could really encourage kids.

UW:It will be easier now that the design on my face will be smaller and I will speak in a more normal voice for the kids. You will see me in more normal situations, but still keeping the intensity up because at the end of each situation I will always burst through the curtains in full make-up to do combat. It leaves the people thinking I can come down, but when they buy a ticket to see me in the ring, there is no normalcy to that because I give everything I've got.

JM:What about your appearance of The Arsenio Hall Show? That was wild.

UW:At the time, the people had never seen anything else and that's all I knew.
There was a time before Wrestlemania, since Hulk and I are both good, that it wasn't a good time for me to come down. I had to keep the intensity high and be different. Hopefully there will be a time when I can sit on a show like that and even cry.

JM:The trend in the WWF seems to be the look of a bodybuilder with people like you, Rick Martel, Hercules, Superfly Snuka and many others. Why do you think that is?

UW:Vince is a body freak and Vince knows that people want to buy that now. Look at someone like Rick Martel - he's changed his whole physique. He trains like a bodybuilder now.

JM:Many of the WWF wrestlers perform bodybuilding poses after they win matches, why don't you?

UW:The other guys were doing it, so I said I'm not going to do that because it would be expected from me. I don't try to overemphasize my body. I never wanted to push the fact that I used to compete, so look at me.

JM:Is this the first bodybuilding magazine that has interviewed you since you started your rise in the WWF?

UW:Yes it is.

JM:Why do you think that is?

UW:Number one - look what you had to go through just to get the interview. Number two - nobody wants to know a loser. There's no reason to insult anybody's intelligence. The only reason people want to know me now is because I'm The Ultimate Warrior and I'm successful. That's the bottom line!

JM:But I started out to interview you before you were even the Intercontinental Champion. It's just that your career progressed so fast.

UW:That's good and I appreciate it.

JM:Getting back on track, do you find many of the WWF wrestlers come from athletic backgrounds?

UW:Most of them do.

JM:Many of the wrestlers, including you, are tremendous athletes, but it doesn't seem as if you get the respect of a highly conditioned athlete. Would you agree and why do you think that is?

UW:It's the way our business is. What blinds people from our conditioning is the fact that we told the public this is entertainment. It's really hard work and really physical. It takes a lot out of you to get in the ring and get the crap kicked out of you every night.

A curious person who gives us no respect only need be taken to a match and sit in the front row to see how physical we really are.

I've never met a bodybuilder who didn't have respect for us, though, but the general public is different.

JM:You get hit with a double stigma then - bodybuilders aren't athletes and neither are wrestlers!

UW:Yeah (laughs heartily) I'm the big, dumb, musclebound wrestler (he continues laughing at this thought).

A lot of people who have that opinion about what we are have good reason to feel how they do because 97% of the wrestlers are obnoxious and in the business because they want people to know they're wrestlers. There's a few that are true professionals like me and if the general public talked to me or one of them, their opinion would change.

I get the opportunity to do just that on planes. It's your chance to open it up to people. Then they tell someone and so on and so on.

That's why the WWF is so successful, because we have character. We don't push 'blood and guts' wrestling. Kids don't want to see that.

JM:How does the constant traveling affect your personal life?

UW:At this particular time I've been married for eight years and have a great wife, so that makes it easy. She went through the bodybuilding with me and didn't meet me as The Ultimate Warrior. She slept with me on the floor for the two to two and a half years prior to having any success at all.

Right now, there's things I want to do, but I only get home three days a month. The things I want to do can't be done because of the things I have to do and that takes all three days. That's the sacrifice I have to make because it won't last forever. Hopefully I'll be able to do and enjoy those other things when I get out of wrestling.

JM:Is the WWF Championship the culmination of your career goals and where do you go from there?

UW:I've got a long road ahead of me as World Champion. I've just started and I'll have many challenges with new talent coming through the WWF There's also the challenge of what people will buy from me and what they believe I'm all about. I think about that all the time.

Believe it or not, I still had not seen The Warrior wrestle live yet. I finally fulfilled this quest in Dayton as a guest of the WWF when The Warrior wrestled Earthquake and easily retained his title.

Finally, I would like it to be know that this interview would not have been possible without the tremendous help and support of Jonathan Flora, Rochelle Larkin, Vince McMahon and the blessings of the World Wrestling Federation. Thank you all very much.

Postscript 1998:
Be sure to visit the official web site of The Ultimate Warrior for more information by clicking here