Ultimate Warrior Discusses Headlining Wrestlemania
2014 Class Hall of Famer, Ultimate Warrior recently spoke with Sports Illustrated about headlining WrestleMania VI against Hulk Hogan:
Back at the beginning of my career, I had to make all these sacrifices—sleeping in a car on nights where I’d wrestle in front of 20,000 people—because I wasn’t making any money. Then for two years leading up to WrestleMania, I would hear all the background chatter of how popular the character was becoming. Merchandising and licensing are huge in our business, and back then they actually had a guy, Jimmy, who would set up a table and sell merch before the matches. One day Jimmy took me aside and told me how I was selling more merchandise than Hogan. “Don’t tell anyone I told you this,” he said. [Laughs]
At that time the typical storyline for WrestleMania was that one of Hogan’s friends would turn on him and set up a good guy-vs-bad guy scenario. But if WWE had done that with Ultimate Warrior, they would have been slicing their wrists, because merchandising was getting ready to go through the roof. So instead it became the Hulkamaniacs versus the Warriors. Visit Wrestling Inc.It was an incredible match—all the excitement, all the drama of the false finishes, and then the first time Hogan lost clean, and that really meant something. Of course, everything is choreographed, but that speaks even more strongly about what type of impact The Ultimate Warrior was going to have on the business.
Because of our tour schedules, [Hulk] Hogan and I only had about 45 minutes to go over the match. We met in an old barn-like place where they used to train pro wrestlers down in Tampa and walked through what we were going to do. I didn’t see him again until WrestleMania.
Warrior doesn’t discount having one more match:
The 90s version of The Ultimate Warrior, that beast? No. [Laughs] But I’m still very intense, I’m still in great shape, and the way the business is today, I think something could be arranged. But that 90s version of The Ultimate Warrior can’t be done. Visit Wrestling Inc.He’s my muse. I wake up every morning and I’m inspired by him, but trying to go back and bring him back 25 years later, there’s just no way.
One In and One Out Of Royal Rumble
Wade Barrett is now confirmed for the Royal Rumble match, but Justin Gabriel revealed on Twitter that he won’t be:
“I won’t be entering the Royal Rumble this year,” he wrote.
Ryback Continues With Controversial Tweets
Following Jerry Lawler’s elevator joke on RAW, Ryback responded on Twitter joking about The King’s ex-wife and former Diva the Kat:
“So apparently I do not know which way an elevator goes if you gave me two guesses according to Jerry Lawler. I can tell you one thing. If I was in an elevator with The Kat it would definitely be going down. Ryback Rules.”