The Ultimate Warrior was only in the WWE for a comparatively brief time, but during his run he established himself as one of the most popular wrestlers to ever hit the ring. While his matches weren’t the most technical, and he never seemed to get the hang of the whole “wrestling” part of his job, there’s no denying his matches were wonderfully fun to watch.
We’ve scoured our archives to pull out the best Ultimate Warrior matches of his career. We used an incredibly scientific rating system, namely the number of crazy Gary Busey thumbs up each match received.
#5. The Honky Tonk Man vs. Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Belt – Summerslam 1988
Much like you would start any Hogan list with his legendary match against the Iron Sheik to capture the belt, we had to start with Ultimate’s match against the Honkey Tonk Man for the Intercontinental title.
This match perfectly captures what was so great about the Warrior. Prior to the start, they had teased that Honkey Tonk was going to fight a mystery opponent. The crowd wasn’t sure who they were going to get, until they heard the music.
DUHN. DUN DUN DUHN.
DUHN. DUN DUN DUHN.
Say what you will about the Warrior, his entrance was fantastic for getting the crowd going. This match is over in 30 seconds, the Warrior runs in like a complete lunatic, does a few simple moves and gets the pin. The most entertaining part of the match is the Ref trying to get out of his way
Overall: A great introduction to the Ultimate Warrior. We gave this one 3 Gary Buseys
#4. Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior for the Heavyweight Championship Belt at Summerslam 1990 – Cage Match
Rick Rude had a series of matches against the Ultimate Warrior between 1989 / 1990 that started with their meeting in Wrestlemania V and then again in SummerSlam ’89. Rick Rude was one of the few people that could make the Ultimate Warrior look like an actual wrestler. While all three of the matches are really entertaining, this one was the best.
Rude and Warrior get into it right away and spend the first 5 minutes throwing each other into the cage. Rude gets busted open almost immediately. I re-watched, but I couldn’t see the cut. The Warrior follows right after with a cut of his own.
I feel like Rick Rude was trying to prove something in this match, but I don’t know what. For example, here he is jumping off the top of the cage, which is a level of acrobatics somewhat out of character for him
Warrior unsurprisingly pulls out the win after beating up Heenan for awhile and then climbing out of the cage.
Overall: I remain very impressed by Rude’s ability to pull an actual wrestling match out of the Ultimate Warrior. We gave this one 3.5 Gary Buseys
#3. Macho Man vs. Ultimate Warrior for the Heavyweight Championship Belt at SummerSlam 1992
Heading into this match, Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man had some relationship problems they needed to work through. Although both guys were faces at the time, through a series of incredibly unlikely series of events, (all of which included unconscious referees) neither Macho Man or Ultimate Warrior trusted each other. They thought the other one hired Mr. Perfect to be in their corner.