The Ultimate Warrior, one of the craziest, most insane, colorful and energetic men to ever appear in the WWF: and if this documentary is to be belived also one of the biggest losers they ever hired.
WWF really likes to rework it's history and while this doc makes mention of THREE times they tried hiring the tassle wearing one, never once does it seem to be WWF's fault for his actions. Cut to his WCW years, and Warrior was just an embarrassing goof who wasted everyones time and money, not that WCW would ever be accused of doing that.
Heres a cliffs notes version of the DVD doc of the Warrior. Warrior is a bodybuilder from Indiana who got into wrestling as a part of a group called Powerteam USA, a name on paper that fell apart. Warrior went with the man who later worked as Sting and became a tag team before eventually spliting and having Warrior head to Texas to work for WCCW where he started his "Warrior" persona before being picked up by WWF and going to New York and becoming "Ultimate". Warrior worked in those days a very simple "big man" style matches which were bread and butter for WWF (and WWE then F, has the nerve to say his ring work sucked in the DVD. Not hypocritical at all.)
Gaining popularity with fans, he was eventually put over the despised by fans Honky Tonk Man at SummerSlam 88 to an enormous ovation and it really started his train rolling and that snowballed into Wrestlemania 6 against Hulk Hogan, you know, the biggest name wrestling ever knew? Hogan was on his way out in an attempt to conquor Hollywood with No Holds Barred (PFFT!) and needed time off so Warrior was made the new face of the company but alas it wasn't long and he dropped the belt and going into Wrestlemania 7 and then Summerslam 91. Things weren't cool behind the scenes as Warrior wanted to get payed more money or he wouldn't go out for the show (rumors circulate he wanted money that he was owed for other shows and wasn't paid yet before working another, but again they are rumors). After the show he was fired and after about a year, he showed up again at Wrestlemania 8 as a run in during the main event match and it led to rumors that Warrior had died and was replaced since he lost much of his musculature.
This led to wacky feuds with Papa Shango the wrestling voodoo priest (I love wrestling) and other nonsense but the DVD is very quick to point out the no drugs policy that WWF had at the time and "there was a violation......" In other words, Warrior along with Davey Boy Smith were the most jakked up looking guys on TV and had to be let go cause WWF came under the gun for steroids in the early 90's which led to guys like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart getting pushes in the company.
The third time he came back was to demolish Triple H at Wrestlemania 12 but then went into a feud with Jerry Lawler in conjunction with Warrior promoting his wacky Warrior comic book at the time but alas, Warrior no showed shows and backstage shenanigans had Warrior removed from the company. It's really glossed over. *(In a seperate interview with Warrior, he revealed that all dealings at this time were with Linda McMahon and not Vince and attempting to market his name, gym, comics and other products, he agreed to make a come back to the WWF in exchange for them promoting his products. At an upcoming trade show, Warrior was told to stay away but arrived unnanounced and found WWF promoting all of his products without his consent and he felt sick and it led to the falling out, but again, don't expect WWF to admit this)
WCW came calling via Hulk Hogan wanting to rekindle his feud with Warrior from 8 years ago at that point (again reportedly Hogan couldn't stand that Warrior beat him at Mania and wanted him to return the favor. I wouldn't doubt it) Warriors appearance in the company was set off with a huge ovation from the crowd, and in a moment that makes Mean Gene on the DVD sound dumb, drew huge numbers but it led to a Pay Per View where Hogan and Warrior had a rematch, the most clown shoes affair ever seen. After this Warrior was gone.
In between, past and present WWF(E) stars talk about Warrior's insane promos, his too simple and quick matches, being hard to work with from a business standpoint among other things, but heres the thing, no matter how hard they try and bury the guy, Warrior is unburyable. He is far too entertaining and magnetic to ignore and the more footage of him they show, the better cause while you can say what you want about Warrior and his matches, his energy was undeniable and certainly is something that can be learned from many current WWE stars, I'm looking at you Randy Orton.
It's amazing how much the product does try to bury the Warrior, but in effect they only made people more aware of him, but the only thing that stinks is how much biased information they provide. With what I wrote to provide you and combined with the footage that WWE provides, make you're own decision.
THE SELF-DESTRUCTION OF THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR After being one of the most famous talked about wrestlers in the history of the sport it seemed as if we would never hear about The Warrior again after his short stint in WCW. But then a form of filmmaking called the documentary as brought to life the memory of one of professional wrestling's most colorful forgotten figures. It seems like yesterday I was seeing … more
A look at one of the most insane and energetic performers in WWF(E)'s history. Very lopsided at times and while it comes off as a burial, the Warrior is so entertaining that it becomes hard to bury him.
This is with out a doubt one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time, I recommend it to every body. Also Christian doing the Warrior interview was great. now it may seem like i agreed with every one on this DVD but i was not there and do not know the whole story. so as a fan i still love the guy, he gave me countless memories that will stay with me. I for one think Warrior should be put into the hall of fame in the WWE, its not about what Vince and them think, it is about the fans. … more
First things first, I am was and still am a HUGE Ultimate Warrior fan. I got back into wrestling from 1997-2002 (I still watch it here and there but no longer consider myself a fan any more) and cheered for wrestlers like The Rock before he was big all the way up until he left (probably the single biggest reason why I lost interest in WWE again). Before that time I was a WWF fan from 1987-1993 and I absolutely loved the Ultimate Warrior. Bar none, he is my favorite wrestler of all time, as short … more
Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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