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Ultimate Warrior Comments on Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon; A Fan’s Perspective
During a recent interview with Inside the Squared Circle, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion the Ultimate Warrior discussed several topics related to wrestling kingpins Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon. In addition, Warrior briefly touched on his Twitter feud with wrestler Kevin Nash. It always seems that much of what the Warrior orates often gets trickled down into chaotic sound bites that make for celebrated internet fodder. But as evidenced in this interview, Warrior made some points that I concur with.
Concerning Hulk Hogan, the former Jim Hellwig stated that Hogan has gone into numerous interviews and bad-mouthed Warrior without much evidence. This is true, as Hogan has dressed down Warrior in several interviews including segments with Howard Stern and TMZ. However, as Warrior points out, Hogan is the one whose life is a clutter and whose personal affairs are splashed across headline news. As someone who chases celebrity gossip, to me Hogan comes off as a struggling D-List celebrity hanging onto his last breathe of fame. Meanwhile, Warrior has rarely made waves beyond meager internet wrestling sites. To me, it would seem as though Warrior is the protagonist in a war of words that started in the 90s. Yet, more often than not, he is written off as contradictory and scatter-brained. In the meantime, Hogan goes on national television and claims to have slammed a exaggerated 900-lb Andre the Giant. And still, news sources still crawl to the man likes he is the end all and be all in wrestling.
Warrior also brought up his legal battles with Vince McMahon, who he challenged in court regarding intellectual property rights. Again, Warrior has every right to claim precedent over the character he brought to life for McMahon. It's often said that Warrior believed his own hype and was eccentric to change legally his name to Warrior Warrior in 1993. And though it was a drastic move, I feel Warrior was merely going to extremes to protect himself from being unable to profit from a character of his likeness in the future. Was it a little kooky? Sure. But it was also smart business.
I'm not an Ultimate Warrior fan. Actually, I am a Hulk Hogan fanatic. But in this interview, I think Warrior made some really creditable points about his feud with Hogan and Vince McMahon. And even if you're not a fan of a specific wrestler, you cannot argue with the man's logic. He makes a lot of sense. Since his retirement from wrestling, Warrior has received a ton of negative press from the business that once made him millions of dollars. But behind the sometimes unbalanced ramblings and tired tirades, sits some rational thought.
In a world full of lies and back-stabbing, the Ultimate Warrior has been upfront and honest. He is a man who may be a bit unstable, but he also believes in his convictions and doesn't alter his opinions based on what business he may profit from in the future. The Ultimate Warrior has long been ostracized from the wrestling establishment because he held his ground and stuck up for himself. Warrior may not be in the WWE Hall of Fame, but he's certainly a stand up individual.
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Ryan Drew is a 30 year old independent wrestler from New England. Follow Ryan Drew on Twitter@OhThatDrew.
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