Warrior’s WrestleMania VI Promo:
This promo is so f’ning out there, and memorable for a number of reasons. First off, he keeps doing this whisper/scream thing at different points of the promo that can be a bit unnerving. Second, we learn that it’s not Hulk Hogan he’s speaking to, but a man named Ho Kogan. And finally, he’s going to answer Ho’s question with a question, that involves no question. Instead asking Ho if he has what it takes to to dispose of airline pilots who are big enough fans to kill themselves so Ho can crash into a place near Parts Unknown, and self-destruct in order to find out if he’s the chosen one.
Ultimate Warrior vs. Perfect – MSG – March 19th, 1990
Warrior is wearing the same colors as the Warrior Dress-Up Kit I use to have, which was awesome. Mr Perfect is amongst an undefeated streak at the moment, which would be a great tool to build up Warrior with since he’s two weeks from ‘Mania, although it’d make a lot more sense on PPV or TV. Perfect proves why he’s one of the greatest heels ever, as he bumps like crazy for the Warrior, even doing a bump off a chop. He finally gets a few shots in on the Warrior when he goes for his splash and Perfect brings up the knees, allowing him a piece of the momentum.
The match was keeping a good pace, but lost a lot of steam when they went for a submission spot that went a lot longer than it needed to. You can always tell when it’s time to go home when Perfect’s hair is massive and he looks fucking ridiculous. Warrior ends the perfect streak with the shoulder tackle, press-slam, and splash. Decent match, but really not on par with the others so far.
Warrior pins Perfect after a splash at 10:05 | **
We get a big lead up for WrestleMania, including all the times they met up before hand. Such as the Rumble, and one another saving each other from various foes such as Mr. Perfect, The Genius, and Earthquake.
Ultimate Warrior © vs Hulk Hogan © – Title for Title – WrestleMania VI
First up we have a few tests of strength, which of course leads to the knuckle-lock, and many a screen-grab that made it appear as if Hulk is getting the ultimate BJ. Really, this match is what the main event of WrestleMania is all about. Something massive, something never before seen, a chance to make a new star. All of this took place during this match, plus it’s a great bout. The Warrior starts out with the upper hand, and while he and Hogan trade on even levels for the rest of the match, it seems as if the Hulkster just can’t hold onto to the advantage. Great stuff.
Warrior defeats Hogan with a splash & a pin for the WWE Championship at | ****
Ultimate Warrior © vs “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase – WWE Championship – Tokyo, April 13th, 1990
DiBiase tries to stand toe-to-toe with Warrior at first, and, despite the fact their physiques are identical, it doesn’t work out. He finally gets momentum on his side when he turns Warrior’s flying shoulder block into a bulldog. He tries to chop him down to size, and despite multiple near-falls, Warrior suddenly nails DiBiase with a clothesline, then a flying clothesline, and finally the splash. Not really worth an inclusion, other than seeing Warrior wrestle in Japan.
Warrior wins with a splash & a pin at 6:11 | **
Ultimate Warrior © vs Rick Rude – WWE Championship – July 28th, 1990 – Saturday Night’s Main Event
Rude tries to attack Warrior from behind, but it doesn’t do him a lot of good. Boy, there’s no one who feared the Atomic Drop like Rude. The second he’d get hit with it he’d act like someone crashed into his ass with a battleship carrying monster trucks. It’s great. Rude finally gets some heat on Warrior when he clubs him with the World Title thanks to The Brain’s distraction. He’s actually able to keep him down with sleepers, clotheslines & closed-fist punches, as opposed to an immediate turn around like most matches. This one seems like it’s going to head into very familiar territory, but then it does a complete 180 and delivers a fresh ending that’s a lot of fun and helps to put this match amongst some of Warrior’s best. Eventually Bobby gets involved, and Rude is counted out, thus saving a real ending for their cage match at SummerSlam.
Rude is counted out at 9:43 | ***1/2
Ultimate Warrior © vs “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase – WWE Championship – November 23rd, 1990 – The Main Event
Ted gets a decent amount of offense in before Warrior turns it on a dime, while proceeding to beat both Ted & Virgil up at the same time. DiBiase is able to get back some of his momentum, and even nail Warrior with a piledriver that, while it only gets a two, is a simple kick-out and not a press-the-guy-in-the-air kick out, which is pretty standard fair for Warrior. Speaking of the unusual, the Warrior even attempts a back-slide & sunset flip pin, things I’ve never seen him attempt. This is all while DiBiase is kicking his ass, too. He’s matching Warrior’s straight-forward attacks with finesse, and seems to have Warrior’s number for a good chunk of the match. Unfortunately it all heads toward familiar territory before Virgil draws the DQ, but until then, this is a fantastic match, I dug the hell out of it. Afterwards, The Macho King shows up and attacks the hell out of Warrior, and the stupid refs that try and stop him. It’s getting me stoked for the WrestleMania VII match-up. Macho knew how to unleash hell on people too. He didn’t just clothesline Warrior or some BS, he drove a freaking scepter into his throat, and then jumped through 6 freaking guys just to drop an elbow! It’s awesome.
DiBiase is DQ’ed at 10:01 | ***3/4
Ultimate Warrior © vs SGT. Slaughter – WWE Championship – January 7th, 1991 – Huntsville, AL
It’s always pissed me off that Slaughter never worked out. His gimmick would have worked a hell of a lot better if he didn’t look like someone’s Uncle who just got out of rehab. Warrior gets in a great deal of clotheslines, hip-tosses, and launching-out-of-the-ring before Slaughter is actually able to get a few shots in. Absolutely brutal botch as Warrior attempts to give him a back-body-drop, however Slaughter doesn’t completely turn, and instead pretty much lands on his head. He manages to bounce back and work the lower back of the Warrior, constantly going for the pin, but constantly coming up short. He goes for the Camel Clutch, and I’m blown away at how crisp it looks. I’m so use to Scott Steiner and his God-awful version, that I completely forgot what it looks like when a person who knows how to wrestle actually does it. This ends just as you think it would. Honestly, I have no idea why this is on here. It’s a simple house show match that contains nothing special.
Slaughter eats the pin after the splash at 9:50 | **
Disc 2 really helped me look at Warrior’s full body of work in a much better light. Other than Hogan at WM6, I’d never seen these matches, or even so much as heard someone speak about them.
Disc 1 had a lot of fun, original squash matches, where this disc shows Warrior really coming into his own, and nailing the character. Fantastic balance with the first one. Great stuff.