Thursday, May 03, 2007

Feel the Power of the Warrior!

This past weekend I stumbled on a video of the Hulk Hogan vs Ultimate Warrior in Wrestlemania VI (1990). Wow, that brought back memories. I hadn't seen the Ultimate Warrior for awhile. I remember that match being a big thing. My friends and I couldn't decide who to root for. We all loved 'em both.

I remember wrestling with my friends at our old place. Running around all hyper, pretending to shake the ropes, grunting and shouting, braking vases and mirrors during the process. I really do remember breaking a mirror once. I did an overhead body slam on this kid and he hit his head on a mirror. It didn't shatter or anything, it just cracked - the mirror I mean. But it was trouble all the same. *sigh* The good old days. I also remember being in a sleeper hold. Well, I remember parts of it, stuff just before I blacked out.

Did you ever catch that rumor that the Ultimate Warrior died of a popped vein because his arm bands were too tight? I did. I think I believed it at the time too. Must have had a picture in my mind that he never took those arm bands off. You know, wore them when he bought groceries, picked up laundry, went to the bank, etc.
Here's a FAQ page on the Ultimate Warrior. And yes, he's alive and his veins are fine and intact. He apparently does speaking engagements for a living among other things. Check out his site.

That was the time I was into wrestling and to me, that was the Golden Age. Here's a list of my favorite guys from that era:
Also found a tribute video to the Ultimate Warrior. It's to the music of 'You've Got the Touch' by Stan Bush. A song used in the animated Transformer Movie and also performed by Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights. Too much information? Sorry can't help it. Anyway, here's the video:

Here's an interesting clip of compiled speeches by the Ultimate Warrior. Edge is in there along with other people calling the Ultimate Warrior wonky (because of his speeches). Well, back then, I always thought they were cool. But I was ten, what did I know:

How about G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)? That was something. I remember one match where a woman's faced got burned and had to be rushed out in a stretcher (probably part of the show). That was also around the time they started showing roller derbies. Which was basically a montage of elbows to the face. I used to watch these when I was a kid. It's a wonder I haven't killed anyone yet. Although the roller derby stuff could explain my driving.

Other links:

Ultimate Warrior Central (pics and videos)
Ultimate Warrior on YouTube (videos)
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