The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE. He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling. Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer. In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday. This week, we take a look back at his bodybuilding career.
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Before becoming The Ultimate Warrior, he was an amateur bodybuilder. Warrior began lifting weights at the young age of 11 years old and described himself as “the small, insecure kid who wasn’t into any sports”. He competed in several NPC (National Physique Committee) contests and won the NPC Mr. Georgia crown in 1984. After Warrior moved to California, he had seen Robby Robinson who inspired him to pursue a career as a bodybuilder. Warrior placed 5th in his first contest which took place in Florida. While residing in Marietta, Georgia as he attended college at Life University, he won the Junior Atlanta contest and took 5th place in the AAU Collegiate Mr. America. He won AAU Costal USA in 1983 and was awarded the Mr. Georgia title a year later. The 1985 Junior USAs would be Warrior’s final bodybuilding contest where he finished in 5th place.
In 1985 while preparing for a bodybuilding contest in California, he was invited by a group of bodybuilders to create a professional wrestling team. These bodybuilders consisted of Mark Miller, Garland Donoho and Steve Borden (better known to the WWE Universe as Sting). Warrior accepted the invitation, leaving his bodybuilding career and plans to become a chiropractor behind.