Tuesday, February 25, 2014

DVD Review - The Self-Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior (2005 DVD Review)

The Ultimate Warrior is a bit of an interesting character. Inside the squared circle, he was one of the most colorful and dynamic wrestlers you'd find in the WWF atmosphere. Regardless of what you thought of him as a wrestler, a promo guy, or character, you can't deny.

However, outside the squared circle, Warrior was a bit of an asshole who seemed to have a hatred for anything or anyone who didn't worship the ground he walked on. He had controversial opinions that drew the ire of colleges and colleagues, burn bridges on a whim, and had an absolute disdain for Vince McMahon and his circle of stooges to the point where both were involved in lawsuits up the wazoo.

So for WWE to induct the Ultimate Warrior into the Hall of Fame is as much of a surprise to me as anyone, especially to those who knew of the rather turbulent relationship between the two sides over the years. All of a sudden, both sides are happily

Therefore, to celebrate the occasion, we'll be taking a look at The Self-Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior, a DVD release from 2005-ish where everyone shits on Warrior, back when it was cool to shit on Warrior because he was such a cunt.

THE GOOD: As a documentary piece, The Self Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior is a bit skewed and shows a stark contrast between the old guard and the young folks. The old guys like Mean Gene, Bobby Heenan, Jim Ross, and others would often tear down Warrior, while the younger folks like Edge or Christian tend to remember him with more fondness since they were, you know, fans. As much as they could have just made this a complete decimation of Warrior, there is SOME positivity to be found here. And in all honestly, the way this whole thing is presented is simply hilarious. A bitter Vince McMahon is a funny Vince McMahon and WWE trying to portray themselves as upstanding citizens who have never wronged anyone is so bullshittingly hilarious that's it funny.

THE BAD: Fans of the Ultimate Warrior will hate this DVD. The documentary aside, which is a straight-up hit piece, the package is also light on extras. You only have a couple matches on here, a couple commercials for his Warrior University, and a couple extra interviews... none from the Warrior himself.

FINAL VERDICT: The Self-Destruction Of The Ultimate Warrior may never grace the WWE Network archives in any way, shape, or form. The DVD itself probably commands high prices on eBay because of course it would. Rewatching this today, I honestly have no idea what the point of this was beyond being a complete and utter decimation of the Ultimate Warrior, with some real tall tales that border on slander and became a further point of contention in the war of words and legal paper between Warrior and WWE. This was WWE at their pettiest and if there was anything that self-destructed on this disc, it was the credibility of those who participated in this farce.

For historical purposes, this is worth preserving and checking out if you can find a copy for cheap. But for those who want to celebrate Warrior's career, this is not the best way to do it.

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