Definitive Video Anthology of the Ultimate Warrior, 1959-2014

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Warrior eventually lost the Intercontinental Title to Ravishing Rick Rude at Wrestlemania V, won it back from him at SummerSlam 1989, and then found himself in a feud with Andre the Giant where Andre was at the "pin me, pay me" juncture of his career, with the Warrior pinning Andre in a matter of seconds at arenas around the country.

Eventually, 1990 rolled around, and it was time for Warrior to take the next step, winning the WWE (then WWF) heavyweight title from Hulk Hogan so he could carry the company into the next decade. Through a series of dustups at the 1990 Royal Rumble and on various WWE programs, Hogan and Warrior were very carefully positioned as enemies of each other, yet both still babyfaces to the WWE audience, and it would be Wrestlemania VI at Skydome in Toronto where the epic "good guy vs good guy," "title vs title" match would take place.

First, the contract was signed...

....then, the promos were cut....

....and finally the match was on....

...and in perhaps the best Wrestlemania match of both men's careers, Warrior defeated Hogan and the new era was underway.

However, the "Warrior as heavyweight champion" era was good, not great, and eventually Hogan returned to the company to retake what was once his. The two never fought in a rematch in WWE, however. Instead, Sgt. Slaughter, positioned as a heel Iraqi sympathizer (I guess "heel Iraqi sympathizer" is a little redundant), had come back to WWE to stir up trouble in the summer of 1990. With outside interference from "Macho Man" Randy Savage (in the "Macho King" iteration of his character), Slaughter defeated Warrior at the 1991 Royal Rumble to win the title...

...and Hogan then defeated Slaughter at Wrestlemania VII to win the title back. Meanwhile, Warrior exacted his revenge on Savage, pinning him (standing up on his chest) at that same Wrestlemania in a retirement match...

Little did we all know at this time that the WWE title loss at the Rumble would be the last taste of gold Warrior would have in his WWE career. The year 1991 began the portion of Warrior's career that was marked with somewhat bizarre, decidedly dark feuds, starting with the Undertaker locking him in a casket....

...which begat Warrior's getting tricked by Jake Roberts' lessons from the dark side...

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Puller58
Puller58

He was in the words of the business, "a worker, not a talker."  RIP.

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