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)

Ultimate Warrior collapsed walking to hotel

Ultimate Warrior HallNew details about the death of The Ultimate Warrior have emerged.

Warrior, whose real name is James Hellwig, died at 54 on Tuesday night. TMZ says The Ultimate Warrior collapsed outside a hotel in Arizona at 5:50 pm while walking to his car with his wife. Warrior was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The speeches Warrior gave at his Hall of Fame induction and on RAW both are chilling in light of his death, as they seemed to foreshadow something like this. Perhaps he felt comfortable letting go now that he had his one last moment in the spotlight.

The Ultimate Warrior leaves behind a wife and two daughters.

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

Ultimate Warrior RAW speechThe Ultimate Warrior died on Tuesday, the WWE announced.

The announcement came as nothing short of a shock to fans. Warrior was 54 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame over the weekend. He appeared on RAW Monday night. But in the context of his passing Tuesday, the speeches he gave on Monday at RAW and during his Hall of Fame induction are extremely chilling.

In his speech at RAW, Warrior talked about spirits being immortalized by storytellers, memories from fans, and life legacies.

“The spirit of Ultimate Warrior will run forever,” is how he closed his speech.

Here’s the full text of his speech via our friend @Bubbaprog:

Here’s some of Warrior’s speech from his Hall of Fame induction over the weekend:

In that speech, Warrior talked about pushing his body to his limits and how he loved the glory days.

“I remember blowing up in the ring sometimes so bad, all I could hear was the beat of my heart. I couldn’t hear anything else. It was so incredible that I would give a few years of a life I have left to go back and experience that kind of thing again.”

Ultimate Warrior is dead – WWE, Triple H announce news

Ultimate Warrior

There have been recent rumors about The Ultimate Warrior dying which ultimately proved to be false, but the WWE announced on Tuesday night that the wrestling icon has actually died.

The Ultimate Warrior took part in RAW on Monday night and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at WrestleMania, but he died just after receiveing his glory. Triple H announced via Twitter Tuesday night that the Warrior passed away:

Just a day ago Ultimate Warrior posed with Vince McMahon for a picture and looked like this:

And here he was on RAW Monday night:

Ultimate Warrior RAW

And if you really want your mind blown, here’s a fan who says he posed with Warrior for a picture at the airport on Tuesday morning:

This is a crushing blow to wrestling fans everywhere. Warrior, whose real name was James “Brian” Hellwig, was 54 years old.

Between his cool face paint, arm bands and neon colors, he could pump anyone up. I know I’m not alone in saying that he was my favorite wrestler growing up.

Here is what the WWE said in its announcement:

WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior began his WWE career in 1987 and quickly went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history. Warrior became WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, defeating Hulk Hogan in an epic encounter. We are grateful that just days ago, Warrior had the opportunity to take his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame and was also able to appear at WrestleMania 30 and Monday Night Raw to address his legions of fans. WWE sends its sincere condolences to Warrior’s family, friends and fans. Warrior was 54 and is survived by his wife Dana and his two daughters.

He’s the latest pro wrestler to die young. Warrior just signed a legends contract with WWE and was set to start cashing in through the company.

Hulk Hogan shared his sympathies over Twitter:

And Jake the Snake Roberts said he and Warrior buried he hatchet:

Also see: Ultimate Warrior’s speeches at RAW and Hall of Fame are chilling in light of death

Undertaker reportedly suffered concussion, neck sprain at WrestleMania

Undertaker Wrestlemania

While we don’t believe that Brock Lesnar went off script at WrestleMania 30 Sunday when he beat The Undertaker and handed the giant his first loss at the huge event, the reports saying that Taker suffered a concussion and neck sprain during the match appear to be legitimate.

WrestleChat first posted about the rumor, which they picked up off a posting on a Reddit thread. Here’s what the Reddit user posted:

My dad works for WWE. He’s at WrestleMania right now. He said an ambulance just showed up to take the Undertaker to the hospital and Vince and Brock went with him. It sounds serious :(

Hacksaw Jim Duggan also tweeted about Taker possibly being hurt:

On top of that, someone on Twitter also said that their mother transported Undertaker and Brock’s manager Paul Heyman to the hospital.

Matt Boone at EWrestlingNews says he confirmed that Undertaker was taken to the hospital after the match, though he was unable to confirm reports of a possible concussion/neck sprain.

No, it doesn’t look like Lesnar beat Undertaker when he wasn’t supposed to, but he may have given Taker an injury during the match. It could have been on a single leg takedown when he got hurt.

Maybe Undertaker agreed to lose because his body can’t handle the wrestling anymore. At least that was the speculation from our wrestling insider Arsen D.

Fan totally stunned that Undertaker lost at Wrestlemania; meme launched (Video)

Fan Wrestlemania

We touched on this before, but this stunned fan’s reaction to Undertaker losing at WrestleMania 30 deserves its own post.

Would you just look at that face? Does anything show the surprise and state of fans any better than that?

This fan actually stood out to me prior to the match between Brock Lesnar and Taker, so I think he was planted, but that still doesn’t mean the reaction wasn’t perfect. I mean if this was coordinated for a viral moment, then the WWE totally nailed it.

Below is the video of the fan:

Of course our friend @Nick_Pants wasn’t about to let this go without turning it into a funny meme. He added Gene Chizik:

And then Katherine Webb:

Video via @JimmyTraina

Brock Lesnar ends Undertaker’s Wrestlemania winning streak

Undertaker Wrestlemania

The Undertaker had been 21-0 in his career at Wrestlemania, but on Sunday in New Orleans, one of the greatest winning streaks in sports came to an end.

Brock Lesnar, who had been talking about facing The Undertaker for years, beat The Taker and provided one of the most surprising outcomes in recent wrestling history.

To say nobody saw this coming would be an understatement. Lesnar was at least +850 as an underdog in the wagering for the match. This fan’s reaction said it all:

Fan Undertaker reaction

Fans are already naming this the “Louisiana Screwjob” because they’re so upset. Other reports say fans were so ticked off they began leaving the dome.