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Nancy Grace being blackballed by WWE over Ultimate Warrior coverage

Nancy GraceTV host Nancy Grace is being blackballed by the WWE over the way she covered The Ultimate Warrior’s death, according to a report.

TMZ says past and present WWE wrestlers are being warned not to appear on Grace’s HLN show after she had Diamond Dallas Page on her program last week and strongly insinuated Warrior’s death was rooted in steroid and drug abuse.

We reported on Grace’s coverage of Warrior’s death and pointed out that she had a scroll of wrestlers who had died young and included Owen Hart on the list, even though Hart’s death was a total fluke due to a complete malfunction during an event rather than steroids or drugs.

Grace’s coverage was enough to upset the company to the point that they don’t want anyone appearing on her program in the future.

The way the program covered the death was simply irresponsible and unprofessional.

Ultimate Warrior’s wife Dana writes heartfelt letter thanking fans, WWE

Ultimate Warrior HallDana A. Warrior, the wife of The Ultimate Warrior, wrote a heartfelt letter thanking wrestling fans and the WWE for their support in the wake of her husband’s death.

The Ultimate Warrior died at the age of 54 last week after suffering a massive heart attack. He left behind his wife and their two daughters.

In her letter, Dana explained how the fan and WWE support made a huge difference for her and her family during their difficult coping period.

Below are the contents of the letter via Jimmy Traina at Fox Sports:

Dearest Warriors,

It is with an absolutely broken heart I reach out to you. Since the passing of my husband, I have been fortunate enough to insulate my sweet girls and myself from the outside world. In this bubble we have grieved and continue to do so. For a week, I did not allow any television or media to seep through our cocoon. I was told, though, of the outpouring of love for my beloved husband and support for, as he always called us, his Warrior Girls. I can only say thank you.

On Sunday night, I was told WWE would pay tribute to Warrior and so I set the DVR planning to watch it when we were ready. As the hour neared, I broke resolve and turned on every TV in the house to full blast and snuggled our daughters close to me on the couch, unsure what we would see. As the scene unfolded with that amazing roster of talent gathered donning Ultimate Warrior shirts and even his face paint, we cheered and sobbed simultaneously. To everyone who stood there, thank you. My girls will remember your bowed heads for the rest of their lives. You are not just Superstars; you are super people.

I cannot put words to what that video tribute meant. We watched it multiple times and, this morning, it was how I started my day; mornings are the hardest for me. I will treasure that song and those images more than anything I own. Vindication. ULTIMATE PERFECTION.

I was told it was reported WWE was ‘there’ for us. ‘There’ is the understatement of a lifetime. They were a warm blanket to us three and we were quickly absorbed into their family. Words are cheap; promises are forever. This family is one I’m honored to be a member of and will gladly be the warm blanket to any of them who need me next.

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Ultimate Warrior gets memorable tribute video on RAW

Ultimate WarriorThe WWE came through with one of their promised tributes to The Ultimate Warrior as expected, and it was a good one.

During Monday Night RAW, the network paid tribute to Warrior, who died of a heart attack on Tuesday April 8, with the video seen above. It featured great moments of Warrior charging into the ring, pumping up the crowd, and they even spliced in some clips from his speech at RAW the day before he died.

One thing that stood out about the video was how Hulk Hogan provided a lot of commentary in it. Hulk and Warrior were huge rivals, but the Hulkster has put that all aside now that Warrior has passed.

It was also super sad seeing Warrior’s daughters in the video knowing that they’ll be growing up without a father. What a tragedy.

As I’ve stated before, The Ultimate Warrior was my favorite wrestler growing up. His death and the tribute video showing all those clips of him in his prime really bring back memories for me.

Ultimate Warrior died of massive heart attack, autopsy shows

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The Ultimate Warrior died last week after suffering a massive heart attack, the autopsy for the 54-year-old deceased wrestling icon showed.

Warrior was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday April 5 and appeared on RAW Monday April 7 as part of the huge weekend at WrestleMania 30. Fans and observers were stunned to learn that less than 24 hours after his appearance on RAW, Warrior — real name James Hellwig — had died.

Warrior’s death was classified as “natural,” with neither drugs nor alcohol directly involved.

Warrior was seen clutching his chest last Tuesday as he was walking in an Arizona hotel to his car. He collapsed and was taken to a hospital where he died.

WWE planning big Ultimate Warrior tributes

Ultimate Warrior RAW speechThe WWE is planning two special tributes to wrestling legend The Ultimate Warrior, who died suddenly on Tuesday night.

Warrior, who was 54, collapsed while walking at an Arizona hotel. The previous night he appeared on “RAW” and he was also inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend.

WWE is planning to have a special tribute to him on the upcoming episode of RAW with much more than a blank screen RIP tribute. The tribute will most likely showcase his greatest moments.

The organization is also putting together a special that will air on the new network Wednesday that TMZ says is tentatively called “Warrior: The Ultimate Legend.”

Warrior is well deserving of the honors.

Bret Hart shares statement on Ultimate Warrior, expresses regret

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Bret the Hitman Hart is the latest wrestler to pay his respect to The Ultimate Warrior.

The two faced each other back in the WCW days in the ’90s when Warrior teamed with Sting to beat Hart and Hulk Hogan. Hart said in his statement that he saw Warrior over the weekend at WrestleMania 30 and that he wish he had been kinder to him.

“I’m deeply saddened at the sudden passing of Jim Helwig, The Ultimate Warrior. I wish I’d been kinder to him in the last moments that we had this past weekend at WrestleMania 30,” Hart said over Twitter. “We did cross paths once or twice, but we were all so busy. I never went out of my way to see him, but if I could… I’d tell him he looked good. He looked content and he looked like he’d finally found happiness within his children and his wife.

“He never ever harmed me nor did we really work with one another… I wish we had. His final ring promo breaks my heart. I’ve many fond memories of times we shared, only now do they pile up in my head. I’d also tell him that he was right, he never was such a bad guy. My thoughts are with his wife and children. I never thought his time would be so short. I know one thing, I will never forget him.” – Bret

Hart is not the only wrestler to say that Warrior was not such a bad guy. Jake the Snake Roberts, Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash have all paid their respects to the wrestling legend and put aside whatever feuds they may have had.

Nancy Grace implies Owen Hart died from steroid use; Mick Foley calls for apology

Owen-HartThe death of The Ultimate Warrior earlier this week has led to a lot of discussion about steroid use in professional wrestling. The WWE legend was just 54 years old when he collapsed outside a hotel in Arizona and died suddenly. Warrior, whose real name is James Hellwig, has admitted he used steroids during his wrestling career.

On Wednesday night, Nancy Grace had a segment on Headline News dedicated to drug use among current and former WWE wrestlers. During the coverage, a list ran that showed a number of wrestlers who died at a young age as Grace spoke with an expert about the dangers of anabolic steroids. One of the names on the list was Owen Hart.

Wrestling fans can tell you that Hart died at 33 in one of the most tragic and shocking accidents in WWE history. An equipment malfunction resulted in Hart falling to his death during a WWE pay-per-view event. Former wrestler Mark Curtis, who died of stomach cancer at 38, also appeared on the list.

While Grace did not say that Hart and Curtis died because of drug use, that was clearly the theme of the segment. WWE legend Mick Foley called for Grace to apologize.

And as The Big Lead noted, it is far too early to determine if steroid use was a contributing factor in The Ultimate Warrior’s death. While we certainly agree that steroid use is dangerous, throwing names of the deceased around and associating them with drug use is irresponsible journalism.

Also see: Ultimate Warrior speech on RAW is chilling in light of death (Video)