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Jim Ross Discussed The Career of 'The Ultimate Warrior'

Updated: Aug 14


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On a recent episode of The Grilling JR Podcast, legendary announcer Jim Ross discussed in detail the career of The Ultimate Warrior. One item of note, was Warrior's surprise that he'd be headlining WrestleMania VI, despite not being that skilled in the ring.

"When McMahon was on, he had a real good gift of marketing and packaging," Ross said. "The key thing is you evaluate your talent and you make an evaluation of what that talent can do well, and you make sure your agents and talent don't get out of that guy's strengths or wheelhouse."

"His vignettes, his entrance, the sizzle was more prominent than the steak that he delivered. Vince protected him, knew he had the look. People pop when they see him. He does this crazy entrance where he sprints to the ring and nobody else is doing that, but that's where it ended. There was a lot of foreplay but sometimes he couldn't finish."

Ross spoke on the late, great Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan and how he wasn't a fan of Warrior, but despite that fact, Heenan did his very best to make Warrior look good in the ring.

"Yeah he did hate it, he didn't like Warrior," Ross said. "Everybody loved Bobby. Bobby was friendly with people, proud to be in the wrestling business, and as good as anybody in his role in this business I have ever seen. He showed all the boys that even though he didn't like this [guy], 'I'm going to make him look good cause that's my job, that's what I'm asked to do and how I'm booked'."

Most people in pro wrestling who worked with Warrior in the ring weren't fans and didn't like the guy. But surprisingly, one wrestler did; Owen Hart, according to Ross.

"Owen liked everybody, Owen could also see when somebody was struggling," Ross said. "Owen was willing to help anybody and he saw that Warrior had potential and could draw everybody money. Owen was trying to be a great teammate and help this guy be better accepted by his peers."

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