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 return and second departure from WWF.
Vince McMahon contacted The Ultimate Warrior about returning to The World Wrestling Federation since Hulk Hogan would be leaving somewhere around mid-1992 to early 1993. Warrior made his return at Wrestlemania VIII where he rescued Hulk Hogan from Sid Justice and Papa Shango who were giving Hulk a beat down. When Warrior returned, it was agreed upon that he would have a bit of creative control over his bookings. However, that wasn’t the case with the storyline he was involved in with Papa Shango. Shango, a “witch doctor”, placed a spell on The Ultimate Warrior which would make Warrior shake and vomit in various odd colors. The Ultimate Warrior had a match scheduled at SummerSlam in August of 1992 against “Macho Man” Randy Savage for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. The Ultimate Warrior won the match by countout, but not the title itself. Warrior then was scheduled to team up with Macho Man as “The Ultimate Maniacs” against Razor Ramon and Ric Flair at Survivor Series but was replaced with Mr. Perfect weeks before the event since Warrior was released for disputed reasons.
The intention for Warrior’s return was to make him the WWF World Heavyweight Champion but during the time of his return, the government was cracking down on the use of steroids in professional wrestling. Warrior had admitted to being a heavy steroid user during his time with WWF. In his book titled Sex, Lies and Headlocks, it was written by ESPN writer Shaun that Mauro Di Pasquale, a Canadian chemist, was incredibly hard on anyone who failed a drug test. WWF had hired Pasquale in June of 1992 to monitor the new drug test system WWF had implemented within their company. Pasquale caught Warrior using steroids during a drug test in September and persuaded Vince McMahon to release Warrior from the company and his contract. McMahon at the time was under federal scrutiny for supplying his roster with steroids. However, in the Warrior: The Ultimate Legend documentary, McMahon claimed that it was Warrior’s experimentation with growth hormones that led to Warrior’s release. Warrior was suspended and missed dates he was scheduled for due to offense of McMahon’s recent actions and decided to leave WWF on November 21, 1992.