WWE – Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection (DISC TWO)
Leading to Toronto: Warrior was doing some promos at WWF Headquarters and flew out for a show when Vince wanted to meet with him. When he arrived, Hogan was there and they laid out the plans for WrestleMania VI. Warrior thought it was unreal. He was concerned on how Hogan had friends in the past turn heel on him to face him at WrestleMania such as Andre and Savage and knew it couldn’t be done that way. He remembers the press conference and promos leading up to it and that the speed was full blown.
WWF Superstars, 3/10/90: I hate to do this after Slackamania went through all the trouble to transcribe this promo, but I think it needs to be SEEN and HEARD to be believed. Here is the Ultimate Warrior’s infamous “Crash the Plane” promo.
- WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior vs. Mr. Perfect (w/Bobby Heenan) – (New York City; 3/19/90)
Two weeks before WrestleMania 6, WOYAH is ready for Hogan and Perfect is still undefeated (as far as national TV goes). When Perfect isn’t stalling out on the floor, he’s getting knocked to the floor selling HUGE for the Warrior. Inside the ring, Warrior grabs Perfect by the hair and slings him balls first into the ringpost. He clotheslines Perfect out and this time goes after him with a big chop. Back in, Warrior launches Perfect in the air and tries for the Warrior Splash, but Perfect brings up his knees. Perfect starts abusing Warrior with punches and kicks. He sits on a rear chinlock to set up the WARRIOR COMEBACK. He starts shaking the ropes and hitting shoulderblocks. Gorilla Press Slam leads to the WARRIOR SPLASH for the win. (10:02) Just Perfect bumping all around for Warrior’s comeback. *½
Running to the Ring: It was a long way to the ring at the Skydome upon first look. Since they were so busy doing media appearances and all that goes into advertising a WrestleMania, they only went over the match once before the show in an independent promotion’s ring in Florida. They only briefly discussed the match at the show! While doing promos, Warrior decided that he wasn’t going to use the ring carts that other wrestlers were taking to the ring. Instead, he was going to sprint to the ring. When he told Vince, he gave him his blessing to do it.
- Title vs. Title: WWF Champion Hulk Hogan vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior – (WrestleMania VI)
This match needs no introduction. HUGE staredown/shove-off to start. Warrior challenges Hogan in a test of strength and Hogan’s up for it. Hogan goes to his knees first, but then the Hulkamaniacs cheer him until he gets to his feet. Now Warrior falls to his knees. As Warrior begins to rise, Hogan takes him down with an wristlock takedown and gives Warrior an elbow drop for only a one-count. They criss-cross the ropes in a flashback to the Royal Rumble, but this time Hogan catches Warrior with a slam. Warrior completely NO-SELLS it. Another criss-cross and this time, Warrior gets the slam. Hogan actually sells it and takes a clothesline out to the floor and injures his knee during the fall. Hogan wobbles around ringside and eventually collapses. Warrior goes out and stomps Hogan’s knee as Earl Hebner jumps down to check on the Hulkster. Warrior brings Hulk back in and kicks away at the knee. They trade eyerakes and then Warrior chokes Hogan back against the ropes. Hebner backs Warrior away and allows Hulk to come back and punch Warrior into the corner. The ten-count corner punches follows. Hogan brings Warrior out and gives him a pair of elbow drops for 1-2-NO! Hogan grabs a front facelock and comes down into an inside cradle for two. Hogan pounds away and then nails Warrior with a running clothesline for 1-2-NO! Backbreaker by Hogan gets another two. Hogan grabs a rear-chinlock and then lifts Warrior up for a back suplex for two before returning to the chinlock. Warrior elbows out, but then they clothesline each other. You know, just to add more drama. Warrior sits up first! He starts shaking the ropes to regain his energy as Hogan pounds on his back. How ironic! Nothing Hogan is doing has any effect. Warrior fires back with clotheslines and then whips Hogan from corner to corner. Hogan’s at Warrior’s feet now. Warrior hits a suplex and gets 1-2-NO! Warrior applies the bearhug for a few minutes. Hogan’s drops once, twice, but not three times! He punches out and then avoids a charge, causing Warrior to collide with Hebner. Warrior heads up top and delivers not one, but two flying double-ax handles. Warrior goes for the Jumping Shoulderblock, but Hogan avoids it and sends Warrior crashing to the mat. Hogan says it’s over and covers, but the ref is still down. Hogan goes over to wake up the ref, but Warrior sneaks up behind with a back suplex. Hebner finally crawls over for the slow-count, but only gets two! Hogan pokes Warrior in the eyes and rolls up Warrior for 1-2-NO! Hogan hits a running back elbow that sends Warrior out to the floor. Hogan follows and tries to ram Warrior into the ringpost, but Warrior blocks and sends Hogan instead. Back in, Warrior looks to finish with the GORILLA PRESS SLAM! He delivers and delivers the GORILLA SPLASH for 1-2-NO!! Hogan starts to HULK UP, hits the Big Boot, but Warrior avoids the LEG DROP and hits the GORILLA SPLASH one more time for 1-2-3 to win the WWF title! (23:40) I am definitely not the biggest Hogan fan. I am definitely not the biggest Warrior fan. Personal bias aside, there’s no denying this is a great match. It used all the dramatics that Hogan had been utilizing for the better part of six years and in an ironic fashion, used them all against him for his first big loss since Hulkamania began. This match, in every sense of the word, is a classic. ****
Responsibilities of the Champion: Warrior thinks WrestleMania VI was a great match with chemistry that had fans out of their seats since it was good guy versus good guy. He talks about how he didn’t press slam Hulk all the way, but no one will ever admit that to him. As WWF champion, he was on the road constantly and was only getting three hours of sleep at a time. He knew Vince wasn’t worried about him though and he felt he was up to the challenge. He was going to push himself to be the best he could. He said for the first couple of days he was so emotional over the victory, but wanted to know what was next.
- WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior vs. Ted DiBiase – (Wrestling Summit, Tokyo Dome; 4/13/90)
I wonder what Japanese people think of Warrior. His character seems tailor-made and so anime-like for their culture. You telling me you couldn’t see the Ultimate Warrior as a hero on Dragon Ball Z? Unfortunately though, I can’t imagine the Japanese audience respecting him as a wrestler. DiBiase uses his brains attacking Warrior right at the bell, but he quickly gets knocked out to the floor. Back in, Warrior powers out of a headlock by heaving DiBiase across the ring. DiBiase starts pounding Warrior and reapplies the headlock, but again Warrior shoves him off and drills DiBiase with a shoulderblock. He tries a jumping shoulderblock off the ropes, but DiBiase sidesteps and slam dunks him to the mat. DiBiase puts the boots to Warrior and clotheslines him down. AND THE JAPANESE CROWD POPS! When Warrior kicks out at one, the crowd starts to groan. Hmm. DiBiase delivers the Million Dollar Fist Drop and delivers a suplex as the crowd REALLY appears to be in his favor despite being the heel. Piledriver by DiBiase gets 1-2-NO! Warrior fights back with his signature running clotheslines, jumping shoulder tackle, and the WARRIOR SPLASH gets the win. (6:12) I don’t know if the match was supposed to go longer and they changed the match on the fly as it seemed Warrior’s comeback was very sudden, but they had to get out of there once the crowd turned on Warrior. It wasn’t bad for a quick Warrior match though. *½
- WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior vs. Rick Rude (w/Bobby Heenan) – (WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, 7/28/90)
If I’m not mistaken, these two men are the first to ever feud over the IC title and then the World title. Rude has recently rid himself of the mullet and now has the look that would be familiar to us for the rest of his life. He attacks Warrior from behind, but tries one turnbuckle smash too many and Warrior returns the favor several times. Warrior whips Rude from corner-to-corner and delivers a pair of atomic drops before he sends Rude to the floor with a clothesline. Warrior gives Rude and Heenan the DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER just because he can and tosses Rude back in the ring. Warrior hits a clothesline and comes off the top with a double-sledge. He goes for the GORILLA SPLASH, but Rude rolls out of the way. Warrior’s so hurt, he rolls out to the floor to regroup. Meanwhile, Rude follows him out while Heenan distracts the ref. Rude grabs the WWF title belt and wallops Warrior in the face with it! Back in, Rude heads up top, but Warrior nails him on the way down. Warrior delivers another atomic drop, but Rude catches Warrior charging at him in the corner. Rude slips out of a slam and grabs a sleeper. Warrior falls to the mat and looks to be done, but he fights out with a jawbreaker. Rude ducks a clothesline though and fires back. He wants the RUDE AWAKENING, but Warrior powers out. Rude ducks another clothesline and hits the RUDE AWAKENING out of nowhere! He covers for 1-2-NO! Warrior WARRIORS UP, hits a bunch of clotheslines, and looks to finish with the GORILLA SPLASH for 1-2-WAIT! Heenan pulls Warrior off of Rude. Warrior goes out to grab Heenan, but Rude saves. Warrior NO-SELLS a blow to the back and presses Rude back to ringside. Heenan buries a knee into Warrior’s back, but that just gets Heenan in more trouble. (9:42) Typical SNME match. **
- WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior vs. Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil) – (WWF Main Event, 11/23/90)
At a time where star power was REAL limited for the WWF, this is actually not a bad combination. It starts off like a typical Warrior match with him shoving DiBiase off into the corner out of a tie-up. DiBiase buries a knee to the gut, but Warrior quickly comes back and clotheslines him out to the floor for a DOUBLE-NOGGIN KNOCKER with Virgil. Back in, Warrior hits a double-sledge from the top. Warrior whips Warrior across the ring, but runs right into a knee and then takes a clothesline. Flying double-sledge gets two. DiBiase hits a piledriver for 1-2-NO! He wants another one, but Warrior backdrops out of it. Warrior connects with a shoulderblock, but then Virgil grabs his foot as he comes off the ropes for DiBiase to clothesline him out to the floor. Back in, DiBiase hits the Million Dollar Fist Drop for 1-2-NO! Warrior elbows out of a headlock, but DiBiase nails him with a clothesline. Warrior comes back with a backslide for 1-2-NO! He almost forgot to let DiBiase break free of that too. DiBiase gets back on top with a suplex for two. DiBiase tries another one, but Warrior counters with a sunset flip for two. They go to the floor again where DiBiase slams Warrior’s face into the steps. Back in again, DiBiase wants another suplex, but Warrior blocks and counters into a suplex of his own. Double-KO spot ensues. DiBiase’s up first so he heads up top for a double-sledge, but Warrior catches him on the way down. Warrior starts to WARRIOR UP and hits a bunch of clotheslines followed by the Jumping Shoulderblock for 1-2-WAIT! Virgil’s in the ring beating on the Warrior for the DQ. (10:05) Why do all the heels have to win or lose by cheating? Well anyways, DiBiase went in there and made Warrior look GOOD. Post-match, Warrior beats up Virgil until Macho King Randy Savage runs in and attacks Warrior with the scepter. You know, choking and beating him with it and such. **¾
- WWF Champion Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter (w/Gen. Adnan) – (Huntsville, AL; 1/7/91)
To explain the seemingly strange location (not Boston, NYC, or Philadelphia) of this match, it was a Coliseum Home Video exclusive filmed for “Supertape 4”. It’s interesting that you can notice the different Warrior looks throughout his WWF championship reign in these last five matches. Slaughter hammers Warrior to start, but Warrior fights back and dumps him out on the floor. Back in, Slaughter charges right into slams and hiptosses. With a whip into the corner, Slaughter does his famous head bump to the top of the ringpost and falls out to the floor. Warrior reaches through the ropes and delivers a DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER to Slaughter and Adnan. Back inside, Warrior misses a corner charge and takes a similar bump to the floor. Slaughter smashes WOYAH’s face off the timekeeper’s table a few times. In the ring, Slaughter abuses Warrior in the corner until Warrior launches him into the air. Slaughter eats the top of the ringpost again, but falls backwards. Warrior delivers a catapult, but then they KO each other. Slaughter gets a neckbreaker for two. Backbreaker scores another nearfall on the WWF champ. Slaughter applies the CAMEL CLUTCH with Warrior’s feet under the bottom rope. When ref Hebner makes him release the hold, Slaughter thinks he’s won the WWF title. Time to WARRIOR UP! He shakes the ropes, drills Slaughter with clotheslines, hits him with one big jumping shoulderblock, and then the WARRIOR SPLASH for the win. (9:27) Slaughter kicked out at three just like Hogan at WM6. It’s a very similar match to their Royal Rumble encounter without all the Randy Savage interference. *½
DISC THREE COMES TOMORROW! In the mean time, enjoy WrestleMania 30!
Posted on April 6, 2014, in WWE and tagged Bobby Heenan, Gen. Adnan, Hulk Hogan, Mr. Perfect, Rick Rude, Sgt. Slaughter, Ted DiBiase, Ultimate Warrior, Virgil. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.