The widow of Ultimate Warrior, Dana Warrior, is upset with remarks Hulk Hogan made to Grantland concerning her deceased husband.
In this video interview, “The Hulkster” recounted his final encounter with Warrior, their contentious relationship, and how he learned of his shocking death.
Warrior issued a statement on Facebook and Twitter requesting that he not comment on her ex-husband.
Her statement reads, “Statement from Dana Warrior
“I’ve been really quiet since the passing of my husband and the father of my girls. Someone sent me what Mr Bollea had to say in video interview with Grantland yesterday and I would just like to ask him to stop.
“He is the only person in the WWE Universe who did not give a call or send a card. My girls asked why he didn’t check on us like everyone else and I explained simply there isn’t a camera at our mailbox or in the house when we receive our calls.
“I would ask respectfully Mr Bollea, for you to understand my girls hurt and just let some time pass before you say anything more.
“Dana A Warrior.”
In the WWE Network documentary on Warrior, Warrior: The Ultimate Legend, Hogan and the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame headline inductee were shown making amends backstage at WrestleMania 30 following a decade long feud. In the interview, Hogan said he was given strict orders not to confront Warrior so that he would be able to enjoy the weekend. Hogan, however, had undertaken a new mentality and just wanted to apologize to Warrior and settle their issues.
Hogan recalled taking a joy ride on a golf cart with his son Nick at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and finding Warrior.
“I went right up to him, I shook his hand and said, “Brother, I know I’m not supposed to talk to you, but I just want to let you know I love you. And if you ever want to be friends I’d love to be friends with you. If we could ever do business that would be great. But I just want to tell you that I love you so much. And whatever I did … please forgive me.” And then I noticed that there was a WWE camera that peeled around the side. I had no idea that they had a camera following him,” said Hogan.
“So that was real, bro. And I’m so glad I got to talk to him.”
Following news of Warrior’s death, Hogan remarked of their encounter via Twitter: “We talked,both forgave each other,we hugged ,we shook hands as we told each other I love you,I am so sad,God bless his beautiful family HH.”
In Warrior’s final days, he didn’t appear particularly healthy or steady. He sweat profusely, not just on camera, but behind the scenes according to those who saw him during WrestleMania 30 week. He staggered a bit on his way to the ring and was short of breath during his Hall of Fame induction speech and especially when he spoke on Raw.
“On Raw, he went out there and put on the little Warrior mask; he had a hard time getting it off. I don’t know if you noticed, when he tried to get it off, he had a hard time getting it off,” said Hogan, who was backstage watching the show at the staging area just behind the entrance curtain. “He didn’t look good.”
With cameras backstage filming Warrior for WWE’s documentary, he urged that Warrior not be filmed going down the stairs upon his return backstage: “I don’t know if anyone heard me, I was afraid he was going to fall down the stairs.”
“He came back, I gave him another big hug after Raw. He took a picture of him and [Pat] Patterson,” said Hogan, “Next night [SmackDown taping] I go in the ring with Daniel Bryan doing the “Yes!” thing, the ear thing (cups ear) and posing. I come out of the ring and Vince [McMahon] is standing over there. He was staring at me.”
“What’s up with that?” Hogan thought to himself.
Hogan then signaled for McMahon to give a phone call later.
“I never do that and then I walked off. I told Jimmy Hart, “Jimmy, something’s weird. You know, Vince never just stands there and stares at me like that,” said Hogan.
“So I went back and I said, “Are you cool, are you okay? He goes, “Sit down for a minute, let me tell you something.”
“I don’t know if another rib’s coming. I don’t know what he’s going to set me up with, ’cause you never know, he’s full of it. And he goes, “Nobody knows yet, but while you were in the ring, we got the word that Jim passed away.”
Hogan responded, “What?!”
The video concludes with Hogan saying, “Thank God I got to talk to him.”