WWE Legend Ultimate Warrior Dies in Scottsdale

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The late Ultimate Warrior (left) battles Goldust in 1996.
Pro wrestling legend James Hellwig, better known to WWE fans as the Ultimate Warrior, passed away suddenly last night in Scottsdale. He was 54 years old.

Hellwig, a longtime resident of Paradise Valley, was escorting his wife to their car last night in the parking lot of the Gainey Suites Hotel at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, when he collapsed.


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WWE's Kofi Kingston on CM Punk, Walking Dead, The WWE Network, and His Royal Rumble Escapes

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WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston
Kofi Kingston spends so much time airborne, the acrobatic WWE Superstar oughta have wings -- or even a pilot's license. Whenever the 28-year-old professional wrestler graces the squared circle on episodes of WWE's Raw or Smackdown programs, his feet seem to spend more time in the air instead of planted firmly on the canvas.

Kingston's repertoire contains a slew of spectacular-looking leaps, dives, and flips, which the 6-foot, 212-pound wrestler unleashes upon his opponents. That includes such signature maneuvers as the "SOS" and "Boom Drop," as well as his finishing move (a conceit of every grappler) known as "Trouble in Paradise."

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5 Things You Might See When WWE Raw Comes to US Airways Center August 26

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The crowd at US Airways Center during the Royal Rumble in January.
We don't know how up y'all are on lowbrow culture, but professional wrestling sort of a big deal in Phoenix. Locals can't seem to get enough of this rope opera, which explains why there are at least three different indie federations operating in town and the glitzy grapplers of World Wrestling Entertainment keep coming back to our area.

The WWE has held six of its pay-per-view spectaculars at local sporting facilities in the last decade, including 2010's WrestleMania XXVI inside University of Phoenix Stadium and the Royal Rumble at US Airways Center earlier this year. The arena has also hosted more than a dozen sold-out episodes of its weekly Raw slam-fests. You can add one more instance to that list later this month as the program will once again emanate from the Valley on Monday, August 26.


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Adult-Friendly Slam U Wrestling to Debut at Arizona Event Center on July 25

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The wrestlers of Slam U Wrestling.
Slam U Wrestling doesn't exactly pull any punches when it comes to its hard sell. Flyers for the new Phoenix-based indie wrestling promotion declare that its monthly smackdowns, which kick off on Thursday, July 25, at the Arizona Event Center in Mesa, will be adult-oriented and feature a mix of "BANDS, BOOZE, & BLOOD!!" Meanwhile, its Facebook states that local wrestling fans can expect an "ANYTHING GOES!!" atmosphere.

And Slam U's general manager Gabriel Gallo backs up these proclamations, telling us that its brand of pro wrestling will feature risqué storylines and material, as well as other edgier aspects. Hence, the promotion is "geared more towards adults and the more rowdier type of fan." Especially those who aren't afraid to drop F-bombs.

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WWE Superstar Curtis Axel on Restoring The Intercontinental Championship Belt's Prestige

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WWE Superstar Curtis Axel
Like in many tight-knit clans, Curtis Axel decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by going into the family business. In this case, however, the family business happens to involve kicking much ass inside a wrestling ring.

The 33-year-old WWE superstar, who's real name is Joe Hennig, is the progeny of professional wrestling royalty. Both his pops (the late Curt "Mr. Perfect" Hennig) and grandpa (Larry "The Axe" Hennig) are widely considered to be legends in the business. It's certainly given Axel some big boots to fill, a fact that we discussed with him during a recent phone interview promoting WWE Raw's upcoming appearance at US Airways Center next month.

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Mick Foley on His Comedy Career, WWE Hall of Fame Induction, and Interaction with Triple-H

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WWE Hall of Famer (and best-selling author) Mick Foley
To most people -- well, pro wrestling fans at least -- the name Mick Foley is synonymous with brutal, blood-soaked matches involving the renowned grappler giving and receiving plenty of pain. This is, indeed, true of Foley, who spent close to two decades in the ring with World Wrestling Entertainment and other feds before hanging up his boots, but he's much more than just another 'rassler.

Besides his claim to fame as a three-time WWE Champion, the 55-year-old also is a gifted wordsmith and natural storyteller (hence his many legendary wrestling promos) who's penned several New York Times best-sellers and has been a frequent appearances on The Daily Show as the program's "Senior Asskicker."

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- WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes on His Killer Mustache and Ribbing Damien Sandow
- Seven Animated GIFs of Rowdy WWE Fans at Royal Rumble

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Seven Animated GIFs of Rowdy WWE Fans at Royal Rumble

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WWE fans at last night's Royal Rumble pay-per-view at US Airways Center. See more photos from the event via our slideshow.

Aficionados of the WWE can be a rather boisterous and passionate bunch. Especially the 16,000-plus screaming and cheering wrestling fans who sold out the US Airways Center and packed the place to its rafters when the WWE held its annual Royal Rumble last night. Besides becoming unhinged when John Cena won the 30-man Rumble itself, they went absolutely batty when superstar-turned-movie star The Rock defeated CM Punk to win his eighth WWE championship.

Fans also got plenty rowdy before and after the event, and we happened to capture some of the madness on camera for our Royal Rumble slideshow, as well as for several humorous animated GIFs for your enjoyment.

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- WWE Royal Rumble at US Airways Center, 1/27/13 (Slideshow)
- WWE's Money in the Bank: A Visual Study of Phoenix's Die-Hard Wrestling Fans
- WWE Superstar Antonio Cesaro on Ugly Americans, Being the United States Champion, and Why He's Tired of Being Called Eurotrash
- WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes on His Killer Mustache, Ribbing Damien Sandow, and Which Legendary Tag Team He'd Love to Battle


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WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes on His Killer Mustache, Ribbing Damien Sandow, and Which Legendary Tag Team He'd Love to Battle

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Cody Rhodes (sans mustache) executes a dropkick against Kofi Kingston in a WWE ring.
When second-generation WWE superstar Cody Rhodes came back from injury late last year, he shocked the world upon his return. He didn't sport a new attitude or unleash a heinous attack on an unsuspecting foe, mind you, but offered a new addition to his look: A killer mustache.

The 27-year-old son of the legendary Dusty Rhodes has gotten plenty of grief over his new cookie duster (from both his fellow superstars and the WWE Universe), but he's taking it all in stride. Especially since it's getting him a whole lot of attention, period, which is what any wrestler craves. Rhodes' 'stache isn't the only thing that WWE's fans are focusing on these days, as he and his tag partner Damien Sandow have been racking up victories lately and will challenge for the WWE's tag team titles this Sunday during the Royal Rumble at US Airways Center.

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- WWE Superstar Antonio Cesaro on Ugly Americans, Being the United States Champion, and Why He's Tired of Being Called Eurotrash
- WWE Superstar Ryback on Comparisons to Goldberg, Avoiding Injury, and How He'll Steal the Show at Royal Rumble
- WWE to Bring Fan Fest to US Airways Center a Day Before Its Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View


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WWE Superstar Antonio Cesaro on Ugly Americans, Being the United States Champion, and Why He's Tired of Being Called Eurotrash

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WWE Superstar Antonio Cesaro
There's nothing that get red-blooded, all-American WWE fans hotter under the collar than an arrogant foreigner dissing them and the good ol' US of A. Especially when it's a haughty and highfalutin European like Antonio Cesaro, who has plenty of ammunition when he brags about his superiority, considering he boasts model-quality looks and a chiseled physique.

Like many legendary "evil foreigner" wrestlers that came before him (ranging from Britain's William Regal to Iran's Iron Sheik), Cesaro loves earning boos and jeers from the WWE fanbase when he opines on the awful state of our country. Best of all, the 32-year-old knows he's got y'all in the palm of his hand, particularly when he gets to rub the fact he's the WWE's current United States Champion in your collective faces.

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- WWE Superstar Ryback on Comparisons to Goldberg, Avoiding Injury, and How He'll Steal the Show at Royal Rumble
- Rob Van Dam on Why Total Nonstop Action is Different from WWE, His Unusual-Looking Tights, and Why He Supports Marijuana Use
- Jeff Hardy on TNA's Bound for Glory, Overcoming Personal Demons, and Whether He'll Ever Return to WWE

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WWE Superstar Ryback on Comparisons to Goldberg, Avoiding Injury, and How He'll Steal the Show at Royal Rumble

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Ryback lays the smack down on Lord Tensai with a killer clothesline.
When the WWE Superstar known as Ryback faces off against opponents in the ring on TV shows like Raw every week, the 6-foot-3 musclebound titan doesn't just wrestle them. In fact, he tends to destroy his foes with hard-hitting and painful-looking moves like clotheslines, slams, and his devastating finishing move, "The Shell Shocked."

It turns out that Ryback is just as forceful with his words, as we experienced firsthand via a recent phone interview with the 31-year-old spandex-clad performer. He blasted those fans who either boo him or call him a rip-off of Goldberg, as well as bluntly informing us that he plans on winning the WWE title sometime this year.

Ryback's also confident he'll do well during the upcoming Royal Rumble pay-per-view, which takes place at US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix on Sunday, January 27.

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- WWE to Bring Fan Fest to US Airways Center a Day Before Its Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View

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