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 are discussing the time frame Warrior’s name was slandered by WWE.
In 1996 and 1998, The Ultimate Warrior and WWE had developed multiple lawsuits regarding The Ultimate Warrior’s name and character. Ultimately (no pun intended), the court ruled in favor of Warrior. This allowed Warrior to use and keep the name as well as the gimmicks, costumes and traits he developed during his professional wrestling career.
On September 27th, 2005, WWE released a DVD documentary called “The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior.” This featured highlights and famous feuds Warrior had in WWE along with harsh commentary from past and present WWE Superstars; Triple H being one of them. Triple H commented that his WrestleMania debut against Warrior at WrestleMania XII provided “mixed emotions” as Warrior “ruined the experience” and that he was “one of the most unprofessional guys he’s ever performed with.” The Ultimate Warrior was originally asked to do production for the DVD, but declined as he stated he wanted nothing to do with WWE; this resulted in animosity between Warrior and WWE.
In January of 2006, The Ultimate Warrior filed a lawsuit against WWE over the portrayal of himself and his career in “The Self Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior” in Arizona. On September 18th, 2009, the lawsuit was dismissed.