Eight hours of nothing but wrestling starts to becomes the same thing. You tend to get sucked into the rabbit hole and time vanishes. I felt something was missing during my eighth hour. I needed to take a quick five-minute break to refresh, make some trail mix, and place what it was I felt was missing. With my trail mix prepared I went into my living room to ask my dad what I should watch. He was watching the first Lethal Weapon. I walked in when Garey Busey was on screen. I said to my dad If Gary Busey did steroids he would pass as The Ultimate Warrior.
That was the wrestling gods telling me to watch the Warrior shake the ropes, pound his chest and watch him yell about genocide, rocket fuel and gypsies. I never understood why the Warrior was such a dynamic character who created a draw amongst fans. When you're a kid, I get it, he's wild, crazy, has makeup, huge hair, an insane body, colorful costumes, and he was the first guy to ever change the colors of the straps on the titles to match his clothing. Yes he was great! He actually made kids (myself included) feel like they were little warriors, and that he drew his strength/power from us, almost as if he was superhuman. And let's not forgot about the promos. I totally believe Kanye West watches Warrior promos before he goes on a rant. The cadence is eerily similar. Much like 'Ye, Warrior speaks about his mythology that has long been written in scripture or a coke fueled ramble that adult Sparks still gets a good laugh at.
As I look back now, and think about him and his long overdue induction into Hall of Fame, I can't help but to be reminded of his in-ring technique. He was not the greatest. Though I am a fan to the death, he really couldn't carry a match for shit. He did the same routine, four moves, clothesline, shoulder tackle, a gorilla press, and the big splash to pin his opponents. The Warrior was the greatest at allowing other superstars show their skill and talent in the ring, because they used everything they had to make him look incredible as a performer. As I look at this and realize it now, it has that same disappointment as kids have when they wake up that first Christmas morning after their childhood to realize Santa was made up! The matches I chose were matches of importance.
Whether it was for the Intercontinental Championship, the World Championship, retirement stipulations or whatever. Both men in any of these Warrior matches were huge draws. Huge names were the best at what they did at that exact moment in time, and knew that either they were a huge reason the people bought the pay-per-view or a ticket. Hogan and Warrior at WrestleMania VI was the type of match all fans wanted to see because you truly didn't know who would win and it was two of the biggest faces in WWE at the time. It will probably go down in history as one of the best big man matches of all time in professional wrestling.
Savage and Warrior at WrestleMania VII was the same thing, and the finish with Elizabeth and Sheri was so unexpected it made for such a great moment and put Savage over even though he lost. No one remembers Warrior's win but everyone remembers Savage reuniting with Elizabeth. Again this was a huge draw which in turn stole the show. Guys like Randy Savage and Rick Rude understood that they had to elevate themselves by leading and carrying those matches, and did their job even though they knew Warrior wasn't as good as them.
That's all you needed them to do because people just wanted to see the tackle, press slam, and splash.