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 at The Ultimate Warrior’s first Championship reign as Intercontinental Champion.
Photo credit: Unknown // Photo edit: Betty B.
On August 29th, 1988, The Ultimate Warrior, who was the replacement for an injured Brutus Beefcase, won the Intercontinental Championship from The Honky Tonk Man in a 27 second squash match. In 1988, he and Rick Rude ignited a rivalry at the 1989 Royal Rumble during a “super posedown”. The Ultimate Warrior was chosen as the winner of the posedown by the fans and a sore losing Rude attacked Warrior and choked him. This led to a feud for the Intercontinental Championship, which their title match took place at Wrestlemania V. Rick Rude was successful at winning the Intercontinental Championship against Warrior with the assistance of his manager, Bobby Heenan. Heenan held down Warrior’s foot as Rude pinned Warrior. The Ultimate Warrior regained his Intercontinental Championship from Rick Rude at SummerSlam the same year, becoming a two time Champion.