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  • The Jannetty: To Sting, arguably. They actually were both World Champions during the second half of 1990. Sting achieved more because he was more stable.
  • Money, Dear Boy: He was not afraid of admitting the only reason he got involved with the business was to make money and that he wasn't a fan nor watched wrestling.
  • Old Shame
    • Power Team USA. It was a team of bodybuilders-turned-wrestlers, including himself and the future Sting. However, they are the only ones from the team who ever had any kind of careers.
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    • Warrior says his WCW career was only used to stroke Hulk Hogan's ego and that if he had realized it earlier he wouldn't have worked for them no matter how much of Ted Turner's fortune they threw his way.
  • The Other Darrin: Subverted, when he returned to the (then) WWF after his first suspension following SummerSlam 1991, he had cut and dyed his hair blonde, and had let his training slip, so he looked like a totally different person, and there were rumors that Jim Hellwig was dead, and another wrestler had been brought on to take over his character. There were similar rumors in early 1990 as well, when Warrior began delivering some strange promos in the run-up to his WrestleMania VI match with Hulk Hogan.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The Blade Runners used Styx's "Castle Walls."
  • What Could Have Been:
    • How would the face of wrestling be different today, if Vince's original plans for the Warrior had worked out?
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    • Warrior's HOF contract would have had him making multiple appearances following Wrestlemania XXX. Sadly, we only got one before he died.
    • According to legend, the then Dingo Warrior was approached to play the Big Van Vader gimmick. He chose to follow the money to WWF, and the rest is history.
    • Several hardcore Warrior fans, while discussing the topic of The Undertaker's face turn in early 1992 (to feud with Jake Roberts), wanted a clear and satisfying pro-Warrior resolution to his feuds with Undertaker and Roberts, with whom he was in a feud note  when he was fired (for the first of several times) by the WWF after the 1991 SummerSlam. In stating that they wanted to see Vince McMahon swallow his pride, simply pay the money Warrior felt he was owed (they even stated Warrior had a strong case) and consider the matter resolved, they speculated on a storyline which would have eventually seen Warrior decisively get revenge on Roberts before refocusing on Undertaker and resolving that feud once and for all. The match they dreamed of happening, at WrestleMania VIII, would have been a gimmick-type match where Warrior not wins decisively (i.e., a complete squash match) but completely and utterly destroys both Undertaker and Paul Bearer. While none of that ever happened due to how things actually worked out, had McMahon decided to keep Warrior/resolve to work through their differences and stuck with with the original Warrior vs. Roberts-Undertaker feud as envisioned ... we most likely would never have gotten Roberts' feud with Randy Savage, nor Undertaker's face turn (at least not when it did happen) ... and quite possibly never had anything closely resembling The Streak. It's even possible that the Undertaker character, with Warrior completely destroying its credibility at WrestleMaia, would have bitten the dust in 1992 and that Mark Calaway would also have left the WWF, his credibility as a legitimate threat also destroyed.
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    • The big angle surrounding his match with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage at SummerSlam 92 was that supposedly one or both guys had sold out to Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect, even though neither guy had done so. The match was in the middle of the card and WWE had suggested turning Warrior heelnote  but he rejected the idea.
    • Was supposed to have teamed with WWE World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Michaels and Ahmed Johnson against Camp Cornette (Vader/Owen Hart/the British Bulldog) at the in Your House 9: International Incident PPV on July 21, 1996, but he pulled a Screw This, I'm Outta Here!note , and was replaced by Sycho Sid.

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