Monday, November 21, 2005

The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior DVD

Ultimate Warrior vs. Terry Gibbs - 2
This was Warrior’s TV debut and it served it’s purpose to put Warrior over a nameless jobber who actually had a name. Warrior completely destroys Gibbs in under five minutes and embarks on his first run in the WWF.

Utlimate Warrior vs. Hercules (MSG 4/25/88) - 3
Hercules was Warrior’s first big feud in the WWF. Hercules was a strong undercard player and this feud helped the Warrior get name recognition. Since both men were so huge, the match quality usually sucked. This was no exception. Unlike most of their matches, which were less that five minutes and usually painless to watch, this one ran long and sloppy. Did I mention it sucked?

Ultimate Warrior vs. The Honky Tonk Man - 1
How the Warrior scored a shot at the Intercontinental title after having just made his first pay-per-view appearance at WrestleMania IV is beyond me. Honky comes out and issues and open challenge for anyone in the locker room. Warrior accepts and destroys Honky to win his first Intercontinental title

Ultimate Warrior vs. Hulk Hogan - 6
A very entertaining match for what it’s worth. It was probably the best match on the card of WrestleMania VI which was filled with sub-standard wrestling up until this one. Warrior and Hogan bust out a very memorable and historic match but was not the best in terms of in ring action, because both men didn’t have that great of a repertoire of moves. However, because of the historic value of this one, I’ll be generous.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Ravishing Rick Rude - 5
A champion is only as good and the people he defends the title against. This statement pretty much sums up the title reign of the Warrior. After defeating Hogan for the title at WrestleMania VI just four months prior, there were no strong heel contenders lined up for a shot at the Warrior. Enter Rick Rude. Rude and the Warrior had a feud dating back to WrestleMania V where Rude scored a victory over the Warrior to capture the Intercontinental title. The two work through a somewhat decent match and Warrior retains.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy “Macho King” Savage - Career Match (WM 7) - 6
This match was marred by interference from Sherri, who was in the Macho King’s corner. The story behind this one is that Savage cost Warrior the WWF Title at the Royal Rumble and Warrior wanted revenge. They put forth a solid effort but the quality was nowhere near what their SummerSlam 1992 match was. Warrior pins Savage who is beaten up by Sherri. Elizabeth makes the save for Savage and hoisted high on his shoulders for a very emotional and memorable moment.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Sgt. Slaughter (SNME 4/27/91) - 5
Not a totally unwatchable match as it was a TV match so things had to move quickly. Interference by Slaughter’s cronies at the end brought the rating down a little but a pleasant surprise on the DVD. Way better than their match at the 1991 Royal Rumble.

Ultimate Warrior vs. Randy “Macho Man” Savage (Summerslam 92) - 7
The best match on the whole DVD but unless you buy the DVD at and FYE store, you won’t be able to get this match. A very, very solid effort by both men. Flair and Perfect run interference about halfway through but that doesn’t hurt the quality of the match in the least. The insanely huge crowd and the rare face vs. face matchup make this a very enjoyable match to watch.

If you have never seen the matches from WrestleMania VI and VII or the match from SummerSlam 1992, or if you’re a Warrior fan, this is well worth checking out then. Also, the main feature on the Warrior’s career is really intriguing and should warrant at least one viewing. This is one DVD I would definitely recommend having, just for the bonus material alone.

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