RIP The Ultimate Warrior
Posted by Alex Bohea on April 11, 2014
In sad and fairly shocking news earlier this week it was announced that The Ulimtate Warrior, one of wrestling’s greatest characters, had passed away at the age 54. Tragically, the Warrior had been entered into the WWE’s Hall of Fame just a few days previously. So, to immortalize one of the best of all time, here are my picks of his three best matches.
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan (Wrestlemania VI, 1990)
This match was nicknamed the “Ultimate Challenge” and by the end of it, it was to become the most ultimate match of his career. Both were the biggest stars of WWF at the time and nothing could have helped The Warrior more than winning this match becoming the World and Intercontinental champion, a feat that still hasn’t been bested. That test of strength still remains one of the best images in wrestling.
The Ultimate Warrior vs. The Honky Tonk Man (Summerslam, 1988)
I loved this as a kid simply because I hated The Honky Tonk Man. The match was for the Intercontinental title, which Honky Tonk Man still has the record for holding the longest, and to see him beaten in thirty seconds made my tiny brain explode. The Warrior’s boundless energy and aura really seem to come through in this match.
The Ultimate Warrior vs. Macho Man Randy Savage (Wrestlemania VII, 1991)
What an incredible match. Not only did it showcase two of the most charismatic performers in the industry, it showed that they could in fact wrestle well and tell a story like no other. I had this PPV on a tape that I was given about four years after the event and watched this match over and over as a kid. The Warrior kicking out of five Savage elbow drops is still amazing to watch.