The Ultimate Warrior was probably the 2nd most popular babyface, or good guy, in the era of Hulkamania. He crushed everyone in his path, including Hulk himself at Wrestlemania VI. He ended Macho Man Randy Savage’s career (not really) in a loser retires match at the following year’s Wrestlemania VII after enduring five top rope elbow drops. This guy doesn’t go down easy. So what kept him from being the biggest money drawing force ever in professional wrestling?
Jim Helwig legally changed his name to ‘The Warrior’ a few years back. That should summarize and encapsulate the whole issue of his insanity right off the bat. From his inhumanly muscular physique which is surely the product of steroid and cocaine fueled workout sessions, to his batshit crazy and completely unintelligible and frightening interviews, to his public support and lobbying for steroid use after the media were blaming steroids for the Chris Benoit debacle, to anti-Semitic tirades during what were supposed to be motivational speeches on college campuses…The Ultimate Warrior is pretty nutty. In fact, the WWE were apparently so embarrassed of the Warrior that they felt the need for the first time ever to release a DVD chronically not only his successes but also his failures entitled ‘The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior.’ Here’s a blooper reel of sorts where fellow wrestlers and coworkers have some laughs at Warrior’s expense.
Bonus: Here’s Ultimate Warrior on the Arsenio Hall Show, scaring the living shit out of said host.