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 look back at his time with World Championship Wrestling along with his retirement from professional wrestling.
In 1998, The Ultimate Warrior signed with World Championship Wrestling. There, he formed a faction called “One Warrior Nation” with the acronym oWn, a stable against his rival “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan’s New World Order (nWo). The interesting parts of this storyline was the time The Ultimate Warrior kidnap and “converted” The Disciple as well as knocking out members of nWo, with the exception of Hulk Hogan, with his “magic smoke”.
Unfortunately, The Ultimate Warrior only had three matches during his time in WCW. The first was in the “WarGames” match at Fall Brawl where he and eight other wrestlers competed for an opportunity against Goldburg for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Diamond Dallas Page won that match as a result of pinning Stevie Ray. The second match was on Monday Nitro where he teamed up with Sting to take on Hulk Hogan and Bret “The Hitman” Hart. The match resulted in Sting and Warrior winning the match due to disqualification, but The Ultimate Warrior had very little participation in this match. The third and final match was against Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc. Eric Bischoff described this match as “one of the worst main event pay-per-view wrestling matches ever.” Reason being the timing each gentleman was hitting their maneuvers was poor, an arm injury Warrior had sustained was slowing him down, and Hulk Hogan failing to “blind” Warrior with a fireball when Hogan lit the flash paper and went up in his face instead. The match ended by Horace Hogan attacking The Ultimate Warrior while Eric Bischoff was distracting the referee. This allowed Hogan to pin Warrior for the win.
World Championship Wrestling stated they had tried to revive the storyline, however The Ultimate Warrior had stated in interviews that the only reason they brought him onto WCW was for Hogan to defeat him in return for Hogan’s WrestleMania job. The Ultimate Warrior’s last televised appearance was on November 9, 1998 when he came out to the aid of The Disciple who was being attacked by the members of nWo. After that, The Ultimate Warrior retired from professional wrestling that same year.