The Ultimate Warrior was recently announced as the first inductee into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame. Sports Illustrated's "Extra Mustard" has an interview with Warrior, wherein they talk about in WWE 2K14, the development of the Ultimate Warrior character, main eventing WrestleMania with Hulk Hogan and much more.
It was an incredible match—all the excitement, all the drama of the false finishes, and then the first time Hogan lost clean, and that really meant something. Of course, everything is choreographed, but that speaks even more strongly about what type of impact The Ultimate Warrior was going to have on the business.
The differences between today's creative landscape, and when the Warrior's character was created:
The business is very different today—they have a staff of creative people who hold the hands of guys that have raw talent, and guide and script everything they do. In my day, the world you created around your character—how you were going to act, how you were going to talk, the interviews you were going to do, how your costumes would evolve over time— was all up to you.
I remember at WrestleMania IV, when the production people came to my dressing room and told me they had a cart to take me to the ring. I was having the paint put on my face at that point, and was already getting caught up in my character. I just glanced up and told them I was going to run to the ring. They were like, “Oh, s—, he’s going to run to the ring?”, and then left and told Vince McMahon. Right before my match I was walking backstage and I heard Vince yell, “Warrior!” I turned and said, “Vince, I’m running to that f—ing ring!” And Vince turned around and said, “Boys, you heard him, he’s running to the ring.”
You can check out Extramustard.SI.com for more of the Ultimate Warrior's interview.