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Old 07-27-2013, 06:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?



In his final interview before The Ultimate Challenge, Ultimate Warrior basically said he was going to take the torch and do a better job with it.

As it's well documented, Warrior's career was cut short due to financial and creative control issues with Vince (like that heel turn in 1992 that Warrior turned down costing him winning back the WWF Championship at SummerSlam).



1991:
Vince: Fired Warrior for holding him up for more money out of greed.

Warrior: Did it because Vince lowballed him on his WrestleMania VII payoff.



1992:
Vince: Fired Warrior for failing a drug test.

Warrior: Denies this as there was no drug test and was fired as a scapegoat along with Davey Smith because of the federal government's steroid investigation



1996:

Vince: Fired Warrior for missing house shows due to him grieving the death of his father, which McMahon did not believe as Warrior didn't seem to care for his estranged dad.

Warrior: It was a legitimate request, but he was pissed at the breach of contract by McMahon who was selling Warrior's merchandise without giving him a percentage.



Hulk Hogan lasted 8 years as the WWF's top guy (6 if you only count Savage and Warrior's title reigns as the focal point). How would have Warrior faired carrying the company longer as the leader of The New Generation (instead of Bret Hart) in an alternate timeline following WrestleMania VI if he had played ball, had passion, etc?

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Old 07-27-2013, 07:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted at the top guy of the WWF?

Maybe about a year or two. I'm a big fan of the Warrior but I couldn't see him having the sustainability of a Hogan or a Bret Hart as top babyface. He was only meant to be top dog for a year. The original plan was for him to drop the belt back to Hogan at Mania 7 I'm sure.
He would have always been around the upper mid card and would have been given the belt if the number one face got injured more than likely
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

We would never have got the amazing Bret Hart matches, most probably. Warrior would never have a long shelf life with that gimmick.
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

Warrior could have dominated the WWF in the very early 90's, filling in the roles that Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, and Randy Savage filled before losing to a major heel (let's say Yokozuna) who would ultimately lose to Bret Hart as the smaller guys came into power.

Even when Warrior wasn't champion, he was a big deal in the company and while Bret/Davey Boy was the clear draw for SummerSlam '92, Warrior facing Savage in a face vs face match was also huge draw for that event, as well.

People often cite Warrior's run as a failure without mentioning that even Hogan didn't draw "Hogan numbers" when he regained the WWF Title at WrestleMania 7, and even WrestleMania 9. Warrior was just as good of a switchout for Hogan as Savage and Bret were.

I think, though, that come 1994, Bret Hart really needed to be champion as the business evolved.
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

Would have been interesting if Warrior won the WWF Title back at Summerslam 1992, but I'm certainly glad that it never happened.
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

Warrior's gimmick wasn't the most dimensional, but he probably would have got another long run with the belt. Warrior vs. Bret at WM 9 would have been epic.

If Warrior had stayed in WWF through 93, Hogan would have also stayed for the hope of a rematch.
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

Warrior's gimmick was great for that late 80's/early 90's period but something as cartoonish as that would have got very dated very fast had we seen much more of him.

I liked him for what he was, but he was never versatile enough to be a particularly long-term feature. Having said that I'd have liked to have seen him wrestle a few more big matches in the early 90's - Bret Hart as mentioned above and Undertaker at a Wrestlemania would have been awesome.
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

Another year or two sounds right. WWE clearly wanted to go in a different direction. We saw that when they wanted to move on from guys like Savage. They only wanted Savage for announcing and Savage left because he still wanted to wrestle.
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

Kids loved Warrior, and WWF was pretty kid oriented well into the 90's. I thought Warrior was fucking awesome when I was a kid.
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Default Re: How long could have The Ultimate Warrior lasted as the top guy of the WWF?

Warrior was going to turn heel I read. Lets say he didn't though. He probably would have won the title another time or two. Maybe from Yoko in 93. He could of had some great feuds with Yoko, Luger when he was a heel still, Bam Bam, Diesel, etc.

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Would have been interesting if Warrior won the WWF Title back at Summerslam 1992, but I'm certainly glad that it never happened.
I would have been pissed haha. Wish Savage pinned him clean that night.
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