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YMMV / Ultimate Warrior

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  • Base-Breaking Character: One of the biggest. As if the Self-Destruction DVD, and the reaction to it, wasn't enough evidence.note 
    • The Ultimate Warrior is still regarded one of the worst workers ever; terrible attitude; held up Vince for money; an abysmal run in WCW; went on to make political speeches which amounted to homophobic propaganda (probably just to cash in on the pundit circuit like Beck and Coulter). During one address at the University of Connecticut, his appearance was met with protests and the speech itself was so offensive that the event was shut down prematurely. Did any of it matter in the long run? Nope. He touched wrestling fans — a fanbase he genuinely loved —in a way few ever do.
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    • Arn Anderson said that Vince pushed Warrior even though he wasn't going to be a great wrestler and it worked. Interestingly, Arn said that Warrior, behind the scenes, kept to himself and was quiet and intense.
    • Ted DiBiase alone goes back and forth on the subject. DiBiase credits Warrior for trusting him to lead a match when they were both in Mid-South and says that Warrior was "tremendously dedicated to keeping his body in shape. That's about it." He says that Warrior was very calculating, rude to the fans, and repeatedly held Vince up for more money. This might explain Vince's reticence with putting the belt on wrestlers who reside outside of his inner circle.
    • "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, who first encountered UW in his Blade Runners days in Mid-South/UWF, said that Warrior was never happy.
    • The Honky Tonk Man said that, although Rick Rude taught Warrior how to do a 20-minute match, doing those matches killed Warrior's gimmick, as he was like a precursor to Goldberg's "spear, Jackhammer, 3-count" matches.
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    • Harley Race said that Warrior "doesn't know a wristlock from a wristwatch," and that he used to tie Warrior to the ropes using Warrior's own tassels.
    • Sherri Martel said "Jim" was a perfectionist who took great care not to botch or hurt anyone.
    • Virgil said that Warrior was a good guy but he wouldn't stick around long if he didn't get what he wanted.
    • Kevin Von Erich, who worked with him in his Dingo Warrior days in World Class, also said that Warrior was quiet, and a "very good guy."
    • Not one to forgive or mince words, "Cowboy" Bill Watts called Warrior "a real piece of shit."
    • The Bushwhackers said that they got along fine with Warrior because they knew him from the UWF, but that he would ignore fans who asked him for autographs when he was at the gym. They say that Warrior did that because he saw wrestling as a way to get paid for working out, and that he stopped after Vince told him that everybody signs autographs. They also give Rick Rude credit for helping Warrior learn how to work the right way.
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    • The Road Warriors said that Warrior "couldn't wrestle or do an interview."
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Downplayed. After the Warrior comic came out, WWE pushed an angle where Jerry Lawler, at the time an announcer, mocked the comic for its poor artwork compared to his own. This was supposed to end with Lawler painting a portrait of Warrior as a peace offering, which Warrior would then break over his head, but when Warrior came into the ring to recieve the painting, he ran in with his hair tied back wearing one of his own merchandise baseball caps, acting as if nothing were out of the ordinary. It's a minor one but Lawler claims that the sheer randomness of it completely threw him off and deflated the crowd.
  • Ear Worm: His theme song.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As cruelly amusing as it is to watch him splatter HHH in 90 seconds, given how it clearly led to HHH realizing he'd have to do everything possible to protect his spot if he ever got to the point where something like that would actually mean something, it looks more and more like a bad idea.
    • Post-9/11, is any wrestler ever going to do a promo where he threatens to crash a plane?
    • His promo on RAW the night after Wrestlemania 30 about living forever in the hearts of his fans is especially harsh considering that he passed away the next night. It was almost as if he knew he was about to die.
      Warrior: Every man's heart one day beats its final beat, his lungs breath their final breath. And if what that man did in his life, makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them believe deeper in something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers, by the loyalty, by the memory, of those who honor him and make whatever the man did live forever.
    • And his Hall of Fame Speech about how the Ultimate Warrior would continue to run throughout the spirits of the WWE for generations to come....You know what, everything about the Warrior in regards to Wrestlemania XXX is built on this.
    • Even worse: the WWE 2K14 promo, which STARTS OFF with Warrior claiming that "NOT EVEN....the Grim Reaper himself, STARVING to get his hands on" his soul, could keep him from appearing in the game.
    • Oh, and let's not forget the time The Undertaker locked Warrior in a casket back in 1991.....
  • Heartwarming Moments: His return to the WWE after being an exile for 18 years, and the RAW following Wrestlemania XXX. JESUS CHRIST
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Queering... doesn't make the world work!" The point he was apparently making was that humanity would die out if every person was gay. While true in a facile, bumper-sticker sort of waynote , what makes it homophobic was the ludicrous way he tried using this Slippery Slope Fallacy to justify banning homosexuality altogether.
    • Thanks to Spoony: "HOAK HOGAN!". Or "SKRONK!"
  • Narm: Try to take any of his promos seriously. Yeah... ain't happening.
    • Narm Charm: That being said, there are fans who love his promos.
  • So Bad, It's Good: He's hysterical because he's just so bizarre in everything he's involved with.
  • Tear Jerker: His death on 4/8/14, barely a few days after finally being inducted into the Hall of Fame, cutting one last promo on the post-Wrestlemania RAW, and having finally buried the hatchet with a number of people whom he had burned bridges with (and vice versa).
    • Sadly, not everyone. Ted DiBiase, who played a huge part in burying Warrior, has said he regrets never getting a chance to make amends with him.
  • X-Pac Heat: During his match with Hogan at WrestleMania VI, the fans were torn between cheering for him and cheering for Hogan. In their rematch at WCW Halloween Havoc 98, the crowd was split again, but this time it was between people chanting "Hogan sucks" and people chanting "Warrior sucks."


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