Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. – John Wooden
[adinserter block=”1″]As a kid growing up in the 80’s and 90’s during the final era of “kayfabe” it bothers me that this is even a question. I want to know why he is not in the hall of fame already. I watched him do what no one else could do, I watched him pin Hulk Hogan straight up. All the guy ever did was win and he became one of the most recognized wrestlers of the 90’s. He was only in WWF for like 5 years and everyone knows who he is.
How many other Superstars have that type of reputation 20 years later? I am one of those people that believe the hall of fame should be just that, the hall of fame. Not the hall of privileges or the hall of the people we liked but the hall of fame. It should focus on the most famous superstars. I don’t know how they decide who goes in but I think it is a work as well as a shout out to some old timers. Strip away the personal issues the Warrior has had with Vince McMahon and he would have gotten in 10 years ago.
- On April 1st 1990 the Ultimate Warrior put Hulkamania on its knees. Getting a clean with over the Immortal Hulk Hogan established Warrior as the heir to the throne of the WWF. With his with at WrestleMania VI the Warrior also became the first Superstar to hold both the World and Intercontinental Championships. The Warriors World Title reign lasted roughly 294 days.
- He won his first Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam 88 when he pinned the Honky Tonk Man in 26 seconds. He held the Intercontinental Championship twice, both reigns combined for over 400 days. His second title reign was cut short when he had to vacate the title after his win over Hogan at WrestleMania VI. Did you get that? He never lost the title, he had to give it back because he was so good.
So just to be clear, he spent of 50% of his first four years in the WWF as a Champion. Not only was he a champion but he was and is one of the most recognized Superstars in the roster. Vince knew it or they would have picked someone else to take Hogan’s spot. It didn’t work out the way they had hoped, but Warrior drew money and sold T-shirts, that is what number one guys do.
- Almost from the moment he stepped into the ring he only feuded with the company’s top stars, Ravishing Rick Rude, Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, The Undertaker, Jake the Snake Roberts, and the Macho Man Randy Savage. Think about how long it has taken other stars to reach superstar status instantly. The WWE had to build Cena, Austin, The Rock, but Warrior stood out the moment he stepped into the ring. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think he is better than the other characters named, but he rose to the top the fastest.
- Koko B Ware is in the hall of fame. Do I really need to say anything more than that? Don’t get me wrong I love the Birdman, I thought he was great. However his job was to not win. He is most famous for being the first person to be Tombstoned by the Undertaker.
[adinserter block=”2″]I am sure that there are reason why the WWE has not put the Warrior in the hall of fame but those reason are not because he doesn’t belong there. Maybe Vince wanted to stick it to him maybe Warrior didn’t want to be it, maybe had the Warrior read Jon Woooden’s quote you wouldn’t be reading this. Either way now that he is back on good terms I think that it’s time we introduce next year’s headliner. The first inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2014 is “The Ultimate Warrior.” Just don’t let him cut a promo.
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