As noted earlier, Dana Warrior said on Instagram that she was not part of what she calls the “smut and filth” Dark Side of the Ring documentary on the Ultimate Warrior that will air this Thursday night on Vice TV.
I don't know what Dana Warrior thinks is going to be in the Ultimate Warrior episode of Dark Side of the Ring, but…smut and filth? What in the world?!?!? pic.twitter.com/NgbOh61Hkr
— MDavidbixenspanK ALL FUCKING DAY (@davidbix) May 24, 2021
The Dark Side of the Ring episode on Warrior (see the trailer below) includes an interview with Warrior’s first wife Shari Tyree.
In 2008, Tyree attempted to shop around a memoir detailing the ten years she was married to Warrior up until their divorce in 1991. The book alleged that Warrior led a secret double life “that filled his marriage with turmoil and doubts about his fidelity, and even his sexuality.”
Here is the pitch for the book that was sent out in 2008:
“For the very first time, the wife of a professional wrestling star speaks out. Shari Tyree was married for ten years to Jim Hellwig, known as the Ultimate Warrior, and saw him through his meteoric rise, and bizarre fall from the pinnacle of WWE.
Warrior packed the aisles, and was a merchandising boom to pro wrestling. Fans, known as ‘Little Warriors’ screamed and cheered, and then were left baffled by his abrupt disappearance at the height of his success. Only Shari Tyree knows the stunning truth behind the Warrior’s face paint. Hellwig was a man possessed by demons, abusing steroids to achieve his massive, muscular frame, and then pain medications and anti-anxiety drugs to quell his fears, who had led a secretive double life that filled his marriage with turmoil and doubts about his fidelity, and even his sexuality. The avowed anti-homosexual avenger and anti-drug advocate battled with his own duality, and became the engine of his own destruction.
Behind the Paint chronicles Helwig’s early career as a bodybuilder, and his stunning rise in pro wrestling, the excesses of success beyond imagination, his battles with Vince McMahon and the private life no fan could have guessed at.
Hellwig continues to be a media personality, even outside the wrestling ring, making frequent personal appearances to espouse his anti-gay, anti-drug ideals.”
Tyree, Jim Cornette, Jim Ross, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts were featured in the Dark Side of the Ring trailer seen below. Roberts was around Warrior during his first run through 1992. Cornette and Ross would have been around Warrior for his 1996 comeback.
You've heard of the Ultimate Warrior. Now, meet the man behind the face paint.
— VICE TV (@VICETV) May 24, 2021