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The Ultimate Warrior To many his intensity as a performer was unmatched, and at one point he was the WWF’s heir apparent to Hulk Hogan after pinning him at WrestleMania VI. Born James Hellwig, he legally changed his name to Warrior in 1993. He and the WWF engaged in a series of lawsuits in 1996 and 1998 over ownership claims to Warrior and Ultimate Warrior, and again in 2005 and 2006 after the WWE released “The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior” DVD. In 2009 the lawsuit was dismissed, but the animosity continued. In an unprecedented move, Warrior returned to WWE in April 2014 and over a three day period was inducted into their Hall of Fame, appeared at WrestleMania XXX, and made a speech on “Raw” about the Warrior inside everyone. It was final public appearance as the very next day, Warrior, 54, passed from a heart attack. His legacy continues, however, as the WWE gives the Warrior Award in his honor, at their annual Hall of Fame ceremony. Dusty Rhodes While a lot of people will remember him as the common man dressed in polka dots and having a valet named Sapphire, Rhodes made his mark as a creative force behind the scenes with several companies including the NWA and World Championship Wrestling. “The American Dream” was one of the most charismatic performers in history, and his feuds with “Superstar” Billy Graham, Terry Funk, Kevin Sullivan and the Four Horsemen were legendary. But perhaps Rhodes’ true legacy – aside from sons Dustin (aka Goldust) and Cody following in his footsteps – is that he helped to shape the WWE’s future. Many wrestlers in the organization went through the WWE’s Performance Center while Dusty was a coach there and are considered “Dusty’s Kids.” Although he had battled and recovered from stomach cancer, Rhodes passed in June 2015 after suffering a fall in his home to which his health quickly deteriorated. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper During the height of the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection, he was the straw that stirred the drink as the ultimate bad guy. While he was actually Canadian, the rowdy Scotsman played the perfect spoils to Hulk Hogan’s superhero persona. Regarded by his peers as the greatest villain in the history of wrestling, Piper was picked to be part the first WrestleMania main event where he and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff faced Hogan and celebrity Mr. T. Eventually Piper turned good and thanks to his many TV appearances on shows ranging from “Walker, Texas Ranger” to “Celebrity Wife Swap,” he became one of wrestling’s most beloved figures. Piper had a memorable film career too with leads in such cult classics as “They Live” and “Hell Comes to Frogtown.” In July 2015, Piper, 61, passed in his sleep from a cardiac arrest caused by hypertension. Chyna When she first started wrestling, Joanie Laurer didn’t know a wristlock from a wristwatch. That didn’t stop her from becoming the most dominant female of the WWF’s attitude era. Billed as the “Ninth Wonder of the World,” Chyna helped redefine the ladies division as an emphasis was now placed on beauty and fitness rather than in-ring ability. Chyna shot to Superstardom with two appearances in Playboy, several television shows and a couple of amateur porn videos. In 2011 she embarked on a career in the adult industry and performed in several films. In April 2016, Laurer, 46, was found dead at her home in Redondo Beach, California. In December her autopsy report was released and revealed that she passed from a deadly mixture of alcohol, anxiety drugs, painkillers and sleeping pills.

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