Wednesday, May 02, 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)


zerovoltage said...

wrestling fan then, wrestling fan pa rin he he ...

big warrior fan, never a hogan. if you get a chance, watch the dvd where the video came from ... it's good. it's "the self destruction of the ultimate warrior", it turns out he's pretty hated back stage ... but the character was so great they stuck with him despite him being kinda out there :P

if you have time visit my blog. i found a pretty nice video about the history of wrestling. i posted it on my blog recently ... labeled "fake!", very nice docu :D

echu said...

thanks zero!

i came across the documentary in his wikipedia entry. didn't intrigue me so much, but your recommendation just pushed me over the edge. im gonna check it out :)

checked out your blog, lots of good stuff!