The Ultimate Warrior was a phenomenon in the WWE. He paved the way for many others to unleash their inner warriors when it came to pursuing the dream of professional wrestling. Just like those he inspired whether it was in or out of the ring, he also had his moments of failure, victory, defeat and conquer. In honor of The Ultimate Warrior’s legacy, every Wednesday is Warrior Wednesday. This week, we take a look back at his time with World Class Championship Wrestling and how The Ultimate Warrior got his name.
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Warrior debuted for World Class Championship Wrestling located in Dallas, TX in the year 1986. He was given the ring name “Dingo Warrior” when a fellow WCCW wrestler told him that he looks like “a warrior”. Warrior became tag team partners with Louis Von Erich and began competing for the WCWA Tag Team Championship. The duo was victorious in winning the titles on November 17, 1986 from Master Gee (who was filling in for one half of the Tag Team members Buzz Sawyer) and Matt Borne but lost them on December 1st to Al Madril and Brian Adias.
Warrior began competing for the WCWA Texas Heavyweight Championship in 1987. He lost against Champion Bob Bradley in a tournament match held January 12th but defeated him on February 2nd for the Championship. Warrior then left WCCW where the title was vacant but then was reinstated back to Champion upon his return. He then resigned from WCCW to pursue a wrestling career with World Wrestling Federation under the name “The Ultimate Warrior”.
There are some disputes as to how The Ultimate Warrior got his name. The first dispute is from Bruce Pritchard who stated that Vince McMahon did not know what a “Dingo” Warrior was. With having The Road Warriors and “The Modern Day Warrior” Kerry von Erich, Vince said there should not be a simple warrior but an ultimate warrior. Warrior claims it was when he was asked to cut a pre-recorded promo for Vince McMahon that he was not to mention “Dingo”. Therefore, Warrior had stated in the promo that he was neither this type of warrior nor that type of warrior, but the ultimate warrior.