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on 18 May 2006
The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior is not, as you may expect from the cover, a completely one-sided, negative view of the Ultimate Warrior's career, but if Bobby Heenan said what he wanted to say, it sure would be.

That's the most noticeable thing about the people selected for interview: Heenan loathes the Warrior. He has nothing good to say about him whatsoever, to the degree that his words become incredible and obviously influenced by personal bias. Eric Bischoff also seems quite 'anti-Warrior'. But anyway, the content of the DVD is broken down into three sections - the main documentary, which is excellent, five bonus matches (which, as befits the Warrior, are mostly short clothesline-fests) and some other extras such as Ted DiBiase insulting the Warrior and Christian doing a pitch-perfect impersonation of the infamous Warrior promo about 'cock-pit doors'... Don't ask if you don't know. ;p

The extra matches are just that... extra matches. I'm glad the Rick Rude match here was included (from Summerslam 90) but I'd rather the feud where Warrior lost his Intercontinental Title to Rude was represented better. Also, there was at least one match noticeably absent from the entire DVD - The one where Sgt. Slaughter beat the Warrior for the WWF Title. It features shortly during the 'Randy Savage' section of the disk and very briefly during the Sgt. Slaughter vignettes, but ultimately, it is ignored and was one of the most focal matches of the Warrior's career. It was also a good match (which may explain it's absence), so why wasn't it included? (Rather that than the Honky Tonk Man match which is repeated in its entirety in the main documentary anyway...)

The DVD doesn't offer much new in the way of information concerning the Ultimate Warrior. As is any product, it is told from one side of the coin - although, to be fair, the fact that the DVD tries to balance itself lends a lot of credibility to Vince's case here. Hogan, Christian, Chris Jericho and others wax lyrical about how much they love the Warrior (although Hogan admits to being tested by Warrior more than they got on) and even Vince seems to have a soft spot for the Warrior, but you get the impression that the Warrior fell from grace and that was enough to sour the deal between the two. When in Vince's bad books, you may never get out of them.

However, the DVD is actually well-presented and there is enough positive information on the Warrior to not make it look like he's an idiot. The completely negative information (mainly Heenan, Jerry Lawler and - who the heck? - Jim Ross, who admits on the DVD to never even really meeting the Warrior!) is obvious in its extremes (as I've already said, it's difficult to take everything Heenan says at face value). However, the contributions of Vince (believe it or not), Hogan and especially Mean Gean Okerlund are particularly important and memorable as not being all-out on the Warrior, but at the same time, balanced and honest. I respect Hogan a lot more after this DVD. The presentation is superb on the DVD and as opposed to hate the Warrior after this DVD, I became very nostalgic and almost felt like I *needed* to re-dig out all my old WWF VHS tapes to relive the magic and intensity of the "ULLLLTIMATE WARRRRRRRIORRRRR". I don't get that often. ;)

Moreso, the DVD is, in fact, hilarious at some points. Christian Cage, as is said above, is just plain funny (I love him in TNA, BTW). And the section where the Warrior starts doing his infamous incoherent promos is just comedy gold. I particularly found it funny when the Warrior demands that he be trampled by elephants... ;p I'm a grown man and I still, sure as heck, can't understand what the the Warrior is going on about. Destrucity? Sounds like a Materia from Final Fantasy.

You also just have to see the DVD to see Bischoff try to squirm out of a particular sentence where he basically is implying Hogan isn't able to have good matches with everybody... heh heh. Now who has more moves in their moveset - the Warrior or Hogan..? ;)
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