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Old 05-29-2013, 08:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Was the Ultimate Warrior scheduled to win the WWF title in 1996?

For anyone who has watched the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, they may remember a part in which the WWE are talking about the Warrior no showing dates in 1996. While they were showing advertisements for the Warrior at the time, one was showcased in which it had the Ultimate Warrior DEFENDING the WWF Championship against Vader at a show in July. If this was the case, it would signal that Shawn Michaels would have, at some stage, dropped the title to the Ultimate Warrior at some point before this time.

Has anyone ever heard any truth to this rumour, or if WWE had any actual plans to put the belt on the Warrior at that time? Looking back, it honestly would not surprise me if WWE put together the advertisement up just to make Warrior look even worse to the fans on the DVD (because that DVD was just a complete burial as anyone who watched it knows). I still cannot see a point in which it looked like Warrior was being built to win the belt as quickly as July. He was scheduled to participate in a 6 man tag team match at the WWF International Incident pay per view, a match which would have had him team up with Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson against Owen, Bulldog and Vader.

Anyway, have you guys ever heard any rumors in relation to this?
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For anyone who has watched the Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD, they may remember a part in which the WWE are talking about the Warrior no showing dates in 1996. While they were showing advertisements for the Warrior at the time, one was showcased in which it had the Ultimate Warrior DEFENDING the WWF Championship against Vader at a show in July. If this was the case, it would signal that Shawn Michaels would have, at some stage, dropped the title to the Ultimate Warrior at some point before this time.

Has anyone ever heard any truth to this rumour, or if WWE had any actual plans to put the belt on the Warrior at that time? Looking back, it honestly would not surprise me if WWE put together the advertisement up just to make Warrior look even worse to the fans on the DVD (because that DVD was just a complete burial as anyone who watched it knows). I still cannot see a point in which it looked like Warrior was being built to win the belt as quickly as July. He was scheduled to participate in a 6 man tag team match at the WWF International Incident pay per view, a match which would have had him team up with Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson against Owen, Bulldog and Vader.

Anyway, have you guys ever heard any rumors in relation to this?
Considering that WWE a few months later put the belt on Sid I could have seen Warrior winning the belt sometime in 1996 had he been on his best behavior. Sid and Warrior were a couple of juiced up guys who couldn't wrestle a lick, but at least Warrior could cut a promo. Given a choice between the two as champion I would choose Warrior.
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Has anyone ever heard any truth to this rumour, or if WWE had any actual plans to put the belt on the Warrior at that time? Looking back, it honestly would not surprise me if WWE put together the advertisement up just to make Warrior look even worse to the fans on the DVD (because that DVD was just a complete burial as anyone who watched it knows). I still cannot see a point in which it looked like Warrior was being built to win the belt as quickly as July. He was scheduled to participate in a 6 man tag team match at the WWF International Incident pay per view, a match which would have had him team up with Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson against Owen, Bulldog and Vader
If Warrior would've stayed he'll face HBK WWF title or Psycho Sid feud have SummerSlam 96 Warrior-Sid no.1 contenders match
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Vader was in the picture too. Cornette said the plan was for Shawn to drop the title to Vader at Survivor Series then Shawn would win it back at the Rumble in his hometown. No mention of Warrior. But who knows, maybe Cornette is being selective in memory.

Sid was the backup after Shawn went pissy over Vader. Again no Warrior.
I liked the Warrior and was cool seeing him in 1996 but looking back now he didn't fit.

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Possibly that was the plan. In reality Warrior not winning the title again could have been the best thing that could have ever happened.
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Probably. If you look at the King of the Ring poster, he was the only one featured on it.




Looks like at the time, they were building him up to be their #1 star.

Understandably so, since I imagine that he is the one that they invested the most amount of money in.
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Vince might have had plans to put it on him in late '96 if everything went according to plan, but it didn't. Warrior wasn't getting the same pops after the initial shock of him returning and he wasn't drawing any better than anyone else when he was on Raw. Then, he started to no show some shows. Needless to say, any plans they had of putting the belt on him later on were very short-lived. HBK was always going to have a longer than normal first title run.
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Warrior defending the title in July against Vader is another example of WWE lies.

First of all, Warrior never missed a show until June 28. So unless they were going to waste a title change as big as HBK/Warrior on a house show or RAW taping, it couldn't have happened. The previous 2-3 monts of tours were based on Warrior, Ahmed and HBK working rotating members of Camp Cornette, leading to International Incident.

His PPV matches were against Goldust, Lawler and somebody else so Warrior winning the belt could have been Summerslam at the earliest. And his no shows had no effect on booking pre-June 28. Seems like WWE forgot what they did at that time and want to make it look like Warrior killed his title win, despite no logical reasoning to show Warrior would have been champion going into July.

If anything, International Incident could have planted the seeds for a Warrior title win. Or later than that, maybe Warrior would have been scheduled to win the number 1 contender battle royal in August that Ahmed Johnson won and it lead to a match at Summerslam.

But IMO, Warrior would never have been in position to go after the belt until after International Incident. His last match was 2-3 weeks before the PPV with him in the 6 man tag. And seeing as how International Incident was July 21, Warriors last match was June 28, unless they were doing it at a house show, I can't see how Warrior was going to defend against Vader in July.

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^Could he have won the title at In Your House International Incident in July, and then defended it against Vader in late July on a house show run?

That still works within the timeline.

Honestly, Michaels vs. Warrior sounds a lot more interesting than that six man tag match that ended up happening on IYH: International Incident.
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^Could he have won the title at In Your House International Incident in July, and then defended it against Vader in late July on a house show run?

That still works within the timeline.

Honestly, Michaels vs. Warrior sounds a lot more interesting than that six man tag match that ended up happening on IYH: International Incident.
Doesn't make any sense to have that build up of HBKs first title win just to lose it in 3 months. Also, in HBK's book he said that Vince told him he was going to have a long title run. And back then, the standard world title run was 5 months. Wouldn't have made sense to have him lose it in almost half that time, especially when they were trying to make a new star. Plus, it's not like Warrior's return overtook WCW in the ratings.
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