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RIP Ultimate Warrior

James Brian Hellwig, aka Blade Runner Rock, aka the Dingo Warrior, aka the Ultimate Warrior, aka Warrior, died Tuesday. He was 54.

In some of the earliest days of his pro wrestling career, Hellwig wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling, a Dallas-based outfit. Subsequently, he appeared in a slew of bizarre Westway Ford TV ads in the late 80s. I’m sure someone in the Dallas media will do a more thorough rundown of the Warrior’s Dallas exploits, but I stumbled across these ads earlier this year, and am sad that I now have a reason to share: