WWE Hall of Fame Announces It Will Induct the Ultimate Warrior (w/ VIDEO)

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The next major uptick in Warrior's WWE career occurred in early 1990, when during his second Intercontinental title reign, he was plugged into a program with then heavyweight champion Hulk Hogan and the two entered a rare-at-the-time babyface versus babyface feud which was heavily promoted with an appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show...

...and maniacal promos like this one where Warrior, for some reason, wants to crash Hulk Hogan's plane (not exactly babyface behavior)....

....before culminating in this match at Wrestlemania 6 at Skydome in Toronto...

The match itself was actually pretty good (and heavily, like move by move, scripted, with almost no improv), as you can see in the above video.

Hulk Hogan then left the company to go make movies, and Warrior was left to carry WWE (then WWF) through the summer and fall of 1990. Eventually, he would lose the heavyweight title to the American turncoat edition of Sergeant Slaughter at Royal Rumble 1991 and enter a feud with Macho King Randy Savage, which culminated with the second watchable match of Warrior's career, a retirement match against Savage at Wrestlemania 7...

The balance of Warrior's WWE career involved random feuds with Papa Shango, the Undertaker, and Jake "The Snake" Roberts, all of which were more watchable for Warrior's insane, meandering, nonsensical promos than for the matches themselves. (Warrior would return briefly in 1996 and go to WCW in 1999 in his final two stints in the big leagues, each as ugly as they were unmemorable.)

So why not just cut to the chase?

The most fun part of the Warrior character was the nonsense he spewed in promoting matches. Eventually, the only thing to do is just go ahead and search "Ultimate Warrior insane" on YouTube, and have literally hours worth of guilty pleasure viewing. Enjoy these, and congratulations to the Ultimate Warrior, and all of his little warriors out there. The heavens and the earth can sleep tight tonight.

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If you read "Sex, Lies, And Headlocks", Hogan was known in the biz as a "stiff."  He had few signature moves and was more "talker" than "worker", and liked to work "light".  (Meaning love taps rather than harder shots.)  The Warrior was all image.

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