WWE Hall Of Fame Class Of 2014 Profile – The Ultimate Warrior
With the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014 participants being announced, we’re going to take some time profiling each one, to better appreciate how much these legends brought to the business.
The first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2014 is the Ultimate Warrior.
The Warrior started lifting weights when he was 11 years and long before becoming a professional wrestler, he tried his hand at body-building. He entered various contests winning the junior Atlanta contest in 1981 and became Mr Georgia in 1984, but it was the following year that really shaped his professional life.
A few Bodybuilders at this time were looking to make the transition From body building to wrestling, among these men were a certain Steve Bordon who would later become known as Sting. The Warrior was invited to join them.
In the early days, Warrior was know as ‘Justice’ and Sting was known as ‘Flash’ and they were known as The freedom Fighters in the Continental Wrestling Association, which was run by Jerry Jarrett. They changed their name to The Blade Runners and turned heel, they wrestled for mid-south Pro wrestling which became Universal Wrestling Federation in 1986. The team broke up though and Warrior went on to wrestle for World Class Championship Wrestling. This is where he won his first championship in pro wrestling, teaming with Lance Von Erich to win the WCWA tag team championships in 1986, They lost the belts on December 1st of the same year.
During his time in WCWA he had adopted the ring name The Dingo Warrior and the Dingo Warrior won the WCWA heavyweight championship on February 1st 1987, He vacated the championship however when he resigned from the company to join the WWF.
His WWF television debut came on October 25th 1987 on WWF Wrestling challenge where he beat Terry Gibbs. His Pay-Per-View debut came at WrestleMania IV where he faced off against and beat Hercules Hernandez.
Less then a year later at the first ever SummerSlam Pay-Per-View, The Warrior defeated The Honky Tonk man in 27 seconds to win the Intercontinental championship, kids you will have to take my word for it here, back then this was a huge deal!
He held the Intercontinental championship until WrestleMania V where he was pinned by Rick Rude following interference by Rude’s manager Bobby the brain Heenan. He regained his championship At SummerSlam in 1989 before entering a feud with Andre the Giant, although this didn’t get a lot of television time.
The biggest moment of his career came in the Toronto sky dome where at WrestleMania VI Hulk Hogan faced the Warrior with both Hogans WWF championship and the Warriors Intercontinental championship were on the line. The Warrior won and is to this day the only man to hold both championships at the same time. The intercontinental championship was vacated and Warrior remained the WWF champion.
He defeated Rick Rude in a steel cage match at SummerSlam 1990, but what followed was a collection of lackluster feuds, most notably with Demolition where he teamed with the Road Warriors,, Until he Lost his championship to Sgt Slaughter at the 1991 Royal Rumble after Randy Savage hit the warrior with his scepter.
He semi-retired in 1992 only doing Independent shows and autograph sessions, before returning to the WWF in 1996 defeating Triple H at WrestleMania XII. He had a fairly enjoyable feud with Jerry Lawlor that culminated in a match at the 1996 King of the ring and didn’t do a great deal else before departing the company for a second time.
This time though he reappeared in 1998 in WCW and wrestled a grand total of 4 matches before leaving the company before announcing his retirement.
In 2008 he wrestled Orlando Jordan and won the NWE heavyweight championship, it was a one off match to pay respect to his fans, after the match he addressed the crowd, thanked them and vacated the championship.
For our younger fans his entrance was electric, sprinting to the ring and often defeating his opponents in seconds. In an age where the characters were larger than life he was a highlight. He provided one of the biggest and most talked about WrestleMania moments in history, he is a true legend and one deserving of his hall of fame award.