The Greatest Thing to Happen in 1990: The Ultimate Warrior on The Arsenio Hall Show

by Howie Decker @HowardTheDeck

I honestly don’t know where to start.


Children of the 80s, regardless of their level of WWF fandom, were aware of the Ultimate Warrior. He was an odd choice for a near-crossover star, making a few mainstream appearances and national advertising endorsements. For all of the flashy and specialized WWF Superstars of the day, the Ultimate Warrior was one of the hardest to follow (at least you knew where Coco B. Ware was coming from). Warrior was responsible for one of the oddest and most incoherent promos in pro wrestling history.

So why does everyone remember him? Because of things like this:

“Do I call you Ultimate?”

What does he keep looking for between the couch and the chair? More hairspray?

Warrior is one of the only guys in the history of the business that stayed in character for every type of appearance ever. CM Punk was on AMC’s “The Talking Dead” last month and he definitely did not interrupt zombie analysis to demand respect from the audience, and to remind them of how many days he has held the WWE Championship.

Superstars like John Cena and Sheamus are often more teddy bear than wrestler when they appear on late night talk shows.

The days of pro wrestlers staying in character for mainstream appearances is over, which is what makes this little gem a national treasure.



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