The Ultimate Warrior quickly rose through the ranks of the WWE to achieve monster success. While his success was short-lived and greatly criticized, the Ultimate Warrior is still talked about today.
His Hall of Fame worthy career was filled with ups and downs, including several big feuds with WWE Superstars. These wrestlers battled the Ultimate Warrior on the large WWE stages like Wrestlemania, Summerslam and the Survivor Series.
While it is highly unlikely that the Ultimate Warrior will ever return to the WWE, his historic matches will always be a part of WWE history.
Macho Man Randy Savage: Ultimate Warrior’s greatest feud was with one of the best wrestlers in WWE history.
Even though Macho Man Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior always found themselves in the shadow of the dominating Hulk Hogan, they stole the show during their long-winded battle at Wrestlemania VII.
A few months before the Wrestlemania VII match, the Ultimate Warrior defended his WWE Title at the Royal Rumble against Sergeant Slaughter.
Macho Man, then the Macho King, nailed the Ultimate Warrior with his royal septor and cost him the match and his title.
To settle the score, these two opponents battled in a “Career Match.” With the Sensational Sherri in his corner, it appeared like Macho Man had the easy advantage, but Ultimate Warrior kept powering through.
This included kicking out of multiple elbow drops delivered by Macho Man.
The Ultimate Warrior eventually got the win, but this would not be the end of their war.
The next year, Macho Man Randy Savage held the WWE title after defeating Ric Flair at Wrestlemania VIII. He headed into Summerslam looking to overcome his previous loss to the Ultimate Warrior. With the title on the line, Macho Man battled the Ultimate Warrior in a back and forth bash until both men were counted out.
The match ended in a draw, but the true highlight was when both wrestlers raised each other’s hands in the center of the ring and celebrated their match. The feud ended for the two and Ultimate Warrior left the WWE shortly after this match.
Hulk Hogan: Who knew that one match could mean so much in the WWE? The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan battle at Wrestlemania VI changed so many things in the WWE and is still one of the most memorable main events today.
Hogan was entering Wrestlemania VI as the WWE Champion as the Ultimate Warrior entered the event with the Intercontinental Title. Both wrestlers were fan favorites at the time, making this match even more exciting.
The two wrestlers battled back and forth, but the Ultimate Warrior finally delivered the loss to Hogan as he planted him with the Warrior Splash for the victory.
These two shook hands at the end of the match and while a rematch took place in WCW, it never lived up to the hype and excitement found between the first Hogan/Warrior battle.
Rick Rude: As the Ultimate Warrior rose through the WWE, he found one of his most challenging opponents to be the late “Ravishing” Rick Rude.
Rick Rude was the complete opposite of the Ultimate Warrior. He was arrogant, full of himself and spoke just as much as the Warrior stayed silent.
As the Ultimate Warrior would rush down to the ring with a sprint, Rick Rude would strut and show off his body.
Rick Rude taunted the Ultimate Warrior with air-brushed tight featuring the Warrior’s face and this led to a “Posedown Challenge” at the 1989 Royal Rumble.
In the weeks following the feud continued until they finally battled at Wrestlemania V with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. With the help of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Rude defeated the Ultimate Warrior and captured his first WWE title.
The Ultimate Warrior did not back down and challenged Rick Rude to a rematch at the 1989 Summerslam.
While Hulk Hogan and Zeus battled in the tag-team main event, it was the Warrior and Rick Rude that had a huge build-up.
The Ultimate Warrior reclaimed his Intercontinental championship and kept it until he defeated Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania VI to win the WWE Championship.
Even as a WWE Champion, the Ultimate Warrior still found himself challenged by Rick Rude. To end their feud once and for all, a steel cage match was scheduled for the main event of Summerslam 1990.
After slamming Rick Rude against the steel cage multiple times, the Ultimate Warrior simply over-powered Rude and successfully defended his WWE Championship.
This ended the lengthy feud between the two wrestlers and cemented the Warrior’s place in WWE history.