Jim Ross recalls the difficulty in dealing with Ultimate Warrior


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Jim Ross recalls the difficulty in dealing with Ultimate Warrior

While in the WWF, The Ultimate Warrior became a two-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion and won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship once when he pinned Hulk Hogan in the main event at WrestleMania VI in Toronto, making him the first wrestler to hold both titles concurrently.

He retired from professional wrestling in 1998 and embarked on a public speaking career, but wrestled one final match in Spain in 2008. Warrior died on April 8, 2014, at the age of 54 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the preceding three days, he had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, appeared at WrestleMania XXX and made his final public appearance on Raw, returning to the promotion after an acrimonious separation since 1996.

During the latest edition of his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross recalled the difficulty in dealing with Ultimate Warrior: “Yeah. In that timeframe, he knew he had leverage, he knew we needed stars. And we needed a fix, we needed something to create an interest, a buzz to ignite things.

Whatever cliche you could think of. I thought — look, I worked with him in Mid-South when he was Sting’s tag team partner as the Blade Runners. He was really, really quiet then, didn’t say a lot. But he was not real well-liked by everybody on the roster.

Maybe they don’t ever really like everybody on the roster. But he wasn’t liked by many, because he was so standoffish, somewhat aloof. Sting on the other hand, Steve Borden, just the opposite."