Ultimate Warrior 1992
I remember as a kid being really psyched that Ultimate Warrior had returned at Wrestlemania 8. Although he wasn't the best technical wrestler, he was certainly one of the more entertaining stars in WWF and had a great larger than life personality that exploded out of the screen at you.
His run in 1992 never really amounted to much, though. Besides a short feud with Papa Shango, and his Summerslam title match with Savage, he didn't really do a lot. In November 1992, Warrior was fired from the WWF - less than a year after returning amidst great fanfare.
My question is this: obviously, Warrior was brought back in 1992 to fill the Hulk Hogan shaped void. They wanted a huge star and, as Warrior had proven himself to be a pretty big star, they drafted him in but, seriously, did they actually have any real long term plans for him or was he just there to make up the numbers? If he hadn't been released in late '92, how would the WWF landscape have looked in 1993 (with both Hogan and Warrior around)?
When he left, they were pushing the idea of him and Savage teaming up as 'The Ultimate Maniacs', which was quite interesting. I think that they probably would have pushed that team to take on Money Inc. for the tag team titles over a lengthy feud. I seem to remember they had one match, which Money Inc. lost by DQ (I think) and managed to sneakily keep their gold. With Warrior around, maybe Savage wouldn't have been relegated to the commentary desk; how different would Savage's career have been if he'd been partnered up with Warrior for a bit? We know that he left for WCW because he felt that he was being under utilized in the WWF - would this have happened if Warrior had stayed and the Ultimate-Maniacs team had played out?
I also heard a rumour that Bret Hart was supposed to defend his WWF title against Ultimate Warrior at Royal Rumble 1993. If this match had happened, do you think that it would have made Hulk Hogan more willing to face Bret?
I guess the question is this: what difference would it have made to the WWF if Ultimate Warrior had not been fired in late 1992?