WWE 2K14: I looked the Ultimate Warrior in the eye and shook his hand

by Paul Verhoeven Featured 22 Comments 21 Votes 6311 Views 16/07/2013 Back to Articles

I met The Ultimate Warrior.

If you're familiar with the wrestling scene, The Warrior was, and is, as big as if not bigger than Hulk Hogan. He's a legend. I told several friends of mine that I was interviewing him about his role in the upcoming WWE 24, and the jealousy that gripped them was more powerful than a powerful wrestling move involving some manner of powerful grip.

So no, I don't know anything about professional wrestling. Which sort of makes me an interesting candidate for a sit-down with such a renowned personality, but hey, I was in New York to cover the preview session of the game, and BOOM. EVERYONE'S HERO AND ME. JUST CHATTING.

We thanked him, he thanked us, we exchanged brilliant handshakes (The Warrior shakes hands like a friendly, assertive giant, for the record).

First, we got a hands-on session with the title. As we've established, I'm not a wrestling guy, which meant I was spectacularly awful at the game. I took turns playing as The Rock and The Ultimate Warrior respectively, and eventually, I figured out how to counter and clothesline with relative ease. The one thing I'll say about what I played is this: the wrestlers move pretty realistically. Their phsycality, movements and idle animations combined with realistic skin and face textures meant the whole experience felt like a pretty convincing match. Also, seeing The Ultimate Warrior stomp The Rock in the nuts was a first for me.

Then, I headed into a large baord room, where The Warrior — he's had his name legally changed to just that — sat with his young daughter. Off to one side, several suits, presumably highly placed in the WWE executive hierarchy, sat warily. I was, after all, dressed like an absolute fop, and my questions did little to fill them with confidence.

My first was "how did you get started in wrestling?" "Well", Warrior began, "I started as a bodybuilder, training down in California with three others; we didn't really get how the industry worked, and I was working on the side to start a practice as a chiropractor. Then we got scouted, and we assumed it was... well, we'd seen other wrestlers come through, and they had money, and fancy cars... only later did we find out they'd basically mortgaged themselves up to the eyeballs for all that, but we dove in, just assuming it'd be easy money because, you know. Screentime. Then we spent about seven or eight months in a kind of holding pattern".

I asked him how he crafted the Warrior persona, and he talked through how he began simple. "In the beginning, we did facepaint because we figured, hey. They're looking for big, imposing guys. And they're looking for something visually distinct. So we'd use facepaint and eyeliner to create the basic, single color face motif, then eventually, I added the strings, the hair, and I ended up with a stencil. It got pretty detailed, and eventually we had the logo. All of it was very, very distinct."

We chatted for a few more minutes, and things were pretty straight until I asked him how he felt about doing him the grave dishonour of losing with his playable character five times consecutively. This had him laughing a fair bit, which, frankly, felt amazing; you could tell he was exhausted after a day of non-stop interviews, and the remaining few minutes were pretty much relaxed riffing between the two of us. We thanked him, he thanked us, we exchanged brilliant handshakes (The Warrior shakes hands like a friendly, assertive giant, for the record), and parted ways.

So how can you play as The Warrior? Well, here's the kicker: you have to pre-order the game to do so. I'm sure he'll come out as a paid DLC character before long, but based on what I played, and based on the man himself, I'd preorder ASAP.

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Intense! [MOG]

Did he compliment you on your beard?
I am sooooo glad 2K has the rights to this now. Looking forward to what sort of next-gen engine they build around it.
Ultimate Warrior wasn't big, he was a failure. He was brought in to take over from Hogan but it didn't work. Bret Hart ended up carrying the belt for a while.

Plus he was an absolute jerk back in the day refusing to meet disabled kids who came to see him. Total douche.

A Real Hero...


Anyhow not looking forward to this as its just the same crap again. Plus if Yukes do the nextgen editions expect even more of the same. -_-
LolBretHart.

Warrior was/is a bit of a looney though, right? No doubt he was a big star, Maybe not a huge success, But he was unique. There will never be another Warrior.
As a kid i actually fell for the marketing ploy.

However it was during this time i also got acquainted with an awesome team called The Rockers. And I had a feeling that Shawn Michaels was going to be big someday. He showed so much heart. And was very exciting and fun to watch. So did Marty i feel sorry for him, he was also a very good athlete.

Every year i like to update my wrestling games though, seeing as they never update the ones that are out. Always new people joining the roster, and i look forward to using The Shield. One thing i really hope they fix up one day is the Royal Rumble. The Royal Rumble is my second favourite PPV, it's probably gonna be my first soon if Wrestlemania keeps on cheapening out. Hell even Money in the Bank and Extreme Rules are doing a better job than Wresltemania lol.
With the WWE games I see some crazy eliminations. For example Santino eliminating The Undertaker. Cracked me up so much. Especially when i eliminated Santino the very next minute with a Sweet Chin Music.

GreenThumb said: LolBretHart.
Warrior was/is a bit of a looney though, right? No doubt he was a big star, Maybe not a huge success, But he was unique. There will never be another Warrior.



Whats lol about Bret Hart?! he was awesome, best ever!

Never be another Warrior? yeah because wrestlers are actually trained to wrestle these days plus there are strict rules on steroid abuse. Guy was just a gimmick beyond that he was an extremely poor wrestler and a steroid abuser.

Crazy, yeah the guy changed his name to just Warrior lol plus his daughters have the surname Warrior [Facepalm]
Just never took to him like everyone else. The start of his entrance theme was good, though.

Exactly. So there will never be another Warrior. A gimmick that the crowd loved. Everyone got pumped when his music hit and he'd run to the ring. Even if he was a looney.

Yeah i watched the 'Self destruction of the Ultimate Warrior' on youtube. Seemed a bit biased on their part though. Dude was never the same after he took that hiatus.

GreenThumb said: Just never took to him like everyone else. The start of his entrance theme was good, though.



One of the best wrestlers of his generation in my opinion from his matches as The Hart Foundation against the Bulldogs to his singles matches against Mr Perfect, Shawn Michaels and the British Bulldog, I don't think he ever had a bad match.
Plus he is an awesome guy, really genuine and nice, he came to my town in the UK for his book signing. Massive fan lol I've got signed pictures, books, dvds you name it even some artwork he did signed!
Yeah, that doco was made by the WWE as a shitty smear job; Warrior took them to court afterwards and won. He was such a friendly guy with me.

GreenThumb said:
Yeah i watched the 'Self destruction of the Ultimate Warrior' on youtube. Seemed a bit biased on their part though. Dude was never the same after he took that hiatus.



PaulV said: Yeah, that doco was made by the WWE as a shitty smear job; Warrior took them to court afterwards and won. He was such a friendly guy with me.



He really wasn't a nice guy back in the day, I haven't watched this doco you guys mention its what other wrestlers have said in their biographies and in interviews. Bret Hart mentioned it and for some time didn't have any love for the WWE himself.

Warrior regularly injured other wrestlers, refused to see his fans backstage including disabled children, one in particular Bret Hart had to see even though the kid was a huge Warrior fan.
It's also well known Warrior became extremely egotistical in his career trying to use his fame to control his contract and duties to the WWE including refusing to appear at certain events unless terms were met even though under contract. Vince had the last word in the end. Even Eric Bishoff has had things to say about him at WCW.
He maybe nice now but what little has he got?
So the guy was an arse, doesn't take away his legend status. Legends are people who achieve something and are remembered. Like Hogan (who also couldn't wrestle) Warrior was a crowd pleaser, he made money for the (then) WWF and helped to make them the huge company there are today by bringing in more and more viewers by word of mouth alone, those viewers spent money on merchandise and pay per views which built the business.

I'm not saying he did this alone,but in the day EVERYBODY knew who he was, like Hogan and The Undertaker and Bret Hart, he deserves his legend status even if he personally was a egotistical bastard.

And don't start on the steroid abuse, all wrestlers in the day used steroids, they had to because the mentality back then was that nobody wanted to watch two normal guys pretend to beat each other up, they had to be huge. If you wasn't larger than life you would have had trouble breaking in to the business and they only started doing drug tests fairly recently (last 20 years or so) when Vince pushed for wrestling to be considered as a sport because he would get more money.

A2ra3l said:



Not all wrestlers used steroids on a day to day basis, Bret being one of them hence why he wasn't some brute of a guy.

Never disputed his 'legend' status, I was merely pointing out that the guy was a jerk, a poor wrestler and ultimately a failure.
Plus don't get me started on Hogan lol :P another idiot that couldn't wrestle but at least his gimmick worked and he respected both his work and his fans.
Don't all wrestlers have a dickhead persona? I'm sure they're not all like that in real life, but I've never seen a a non-douche character.
Actually when they came to melbourne for Global Warning(i think it was like 2002) i met Kurt Angle, Christian and Lance Storm. And they all showed to be super guys. I remember seeing this whole line all the way outside the area for Kurt Angle photos. He stayed there the whole time and made sure everyone in that line got a photo with him.

I told Christian he was one of the best superstars in the business and i hope you get your big break he told me "Thank You." And he shook my hand again.

I also met Steph and she was generally nice.

I met Trish Stratus the following year. It was after this i became a Trish fan for life.

Val Venis was a douche though as i was getting a photo with Trish he signed my Jericho shirt. I didn't even hand it to him, i put it down so i could get a photo with Trish. And I was like "I wanted Jericho to sign that" to which he replied "Jericho isn't here."

Back on topic with Warrior though.

Some people can actually change. Maybe after he looked at himself in the mirror and saw what he was or what he became. He probably had a revelation and decided to change his ways.
I know a few people have gone through such a transition. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels are perfect examples. Bret Hart was very bitter especially during his WWE last days and WCW days. As for HBK he was very arrogant and was very egotistical during the late 90's. The break and the who Christianity thing was very good for him. Because it helped him become one of the most respected people in the industry today.
Can vouch for Edge and Lita being super nice outside of their characters. Met them when the WWE put on a meet-n-greet at K-Marts across NSW/Australia [can't really remember]

I got them to sign a shirt, Photos with them/of them and got in trouble because Edge had the spinner WWE title [If it was a replica, Damn it was well made] on the table in front of him and i got in trouble for spinning the logo [MOG]

I'll try and find the photos somewhere if i can.


Anyways, I'd suggest giving it a watch Olly. Don't take it too seriously as a documentary though, Because as Paul pointed out, It was a bit of a shit smear at him. He was remarkable for what he brought to the business as an entertainer [hype-man] and he was profitable at the time. Hogan should never have been as big as he is, In my opinion. For someone with like 5 moves in his whole move-set he got lucky to get where he was.

GreenThumb said: Can vouch for Edge and Lita being super nice outside of their characters. Met them when the WWE put on a meet-n-greet at K-Marts across NSW/Australia [can't really remember]
I got them to sign a shirt, Photos with them/of them and got in trouble because Edge had the spinner WWE title [If it was a replica, Damn it was well made] on the table in front of him and i got in trouble for spinning the logo
I'll try and find the photos somewhere if i can.



I never heard about this and i'm a huge Edge fan. DAMN!
It was a few years back now.

Edge and Lita were at my local K-Mart and a few other superstars were at others in Sydney and Melbourne i think.
We got John Cena :P
Speaking of a narrow move-set.

God damn, I hate everything that the WWE has made John Cena.

Kerosanak said: We got John Cena



That's right.

Still prefer Edge and Lita :P
WWE= We Want Edge

When Edge won his first WWE Championship. The Ratings were the highest in like 4 years, but then WWE made the horrible decision of Edge's reign only lasting 2 weeks, after that happened the ratings dropped back down to where they were.

This is what made me a Cena Hater, The fact that WWE decided after 2 weeks to throw the belt back on John Cena rather then give someone like Edge a well deserved championship reign.

Though i don't mind Cena now, he can put on good matches now and then. His match with CM Punk in February is a perfect example of this and i am looking forward to his match with Daniel Bryan. Though i have a feeling the WWE will screw DB over with Randy cashing in MITB.

I loved WWE up until 2 years ago.
it's dead for me now.
I've played every single game except WWE 13
which I still refuse to buy at $30. :L

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