Getting over in the mid-card
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The Ultimate Warrior
Now i know that a lot of what happened to The Ultimate Warrior in his career was down to himself as he shot himself in the foot and often believed he was worth a lot more than he really was but how big could he have really been in personal opinion had he not shot himself in the foot on numerous occasions throughout his career. Looking back to 1989 in particular he was clearly as popular as Hulk Hogan was despite being a mid carder at that point and a very strong case could be made for The Ultimate Warrior actually surpassing Hulk Hogan in terms of popularity from 1990 through to 1991 when he was fired by Vince McMahon.
Recently i either read somewhere from Bret Hart or heard an interview that Bret Hart had done in which he stated that Vince McMahon wanted to go with Warrior/Hogan rematch at WrestleMania 7 and then proposed it for SummerSlam in 1991 as well which would have taken The Ultimate Warrior's career to new levels but Bret Hart also said that Vince McMahon wanted to put the WWE title on The Ultimate Warrior in 1992 before dropping it to Bret Hart at The Royal Rumble to put him over. Obviously because of The Ultimate Warrior being fired again in 1992 just prior to Survivor Series a Warrior/Flair match couldn't happen and then once Ric Flair stated his intention to go back to WCW a Hart/Flair match was done at a house show in Canada and we then saw Hennig/Flair and Hart/Ramon as the two main feuds kicking off 1993.
We didn't see anything of The Ultimate Warrior outside of his comic books until 1996 when he once again returned prior to WrestleMania 12 and a match with Triple H but it was said that Vince McMahon really wanted to do something with Shawn Michaels and The Ultimate Warrior in 1996 because he believed that The Ultimate Warrior could still draw due to his star power being higher than anyone else on the roster at that time. I remember reading or hearing in the last few years about SummerSlam or/and Survivor Series being the likely places for Michaels/Warrior happening but again because The Ultimate Warrior was fired for the third and final time due to missing house shows he was billed to appear at it never happened but much like in his main era he could have added so much to his legacy due to being the biggest name in WWE at that time in 1996.
Obviously his whole run in 1998 in WCW was centred around him feuding with Hulk Hogan which saw quite possibly the worst big match in mainstream wrestling history at Halloween Havoc and a tag team match alongside Sting against Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart just prior but Eric Bischoff said they had major plans for him as a main event star. By the latter part of 1998 we had seen WCW begin to struggle as WWE really upped their game but Eric Bischoff stated that Goldberg and The Ultimate Warrior were to be their two main focuses which would have seen more added to the career of The Ultimate Warrior but financial disagreements with WCW meant it was a very short term deal and The Ultimate Warrior would never be involved in mainstream wrestling again.
For me the biggest names in wrestling history would read Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock as the top three with Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Sting, Randy Savage, John Cena, Bret Hart and The Undertaker probably rounding off the top ten although that list is only my own personal opinion and is entirely arguable but i believe had The Ultimate Warrior been a lot more sensible in his career and not believed his own hype he would most likely be in that list. In my opinion The Ultimate Warrior will forever rank alongside Goldberg as a star he shone brighter than almost everyone else for a period of a year or so but is nowhere near as big as they could have been or they themselves believe they are and probably wouldn't make top fifteen or possibly even top twenty of the biggest names of all time in the American wrestling industry.