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WWE: Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe (DVD)
After a long period of exile from sports entertainment, the ferocity and energy of Ultimate Warrior makes his long awaited return to WWE. Follow the homecoming of The Warrior, as he prepares for his induction into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame, reunites with WWE Legends, and reflects on his historic career in this never-before-seen documentary. This set also features Ultimate Warrior’s most memorable matches and moments spanning his early days in World Class Championship Wrestling to his rise to stardom in WWE. This collection encapsulates the spirit of UltimateWarrior and shows that his actions in and outside of the ring inspire the WWE Universe to ALWAYS BELIEVE.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 8 Ounces
- Item model number : unknown
- Director : WWE
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 9 hours
- Release date : April 14, 2015
- Actors : Warrior, Dana Warrior, Vince McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon
- Producers : WWE
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00RDTNK44
- Writers : WWE
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #105,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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So, why did I buy this movie, watch it and absolutely love it? Because there is something about The Ultimate Warrior that transcends sports entertainment and professional wrestling. There is something about The Ultimate Warrior and the man behind the makeup that resonates with people the world over, many of whom are not necessarily "wrestling fans".
I rediscovered The Warrior recently as I was preparing some artwork for an 80s wrestling themed art exhibit. I wanted to draw the Ultimate Warrior. I'm a cartoonist/comic book artist and the character of the Ultimate Warrior spoke to my sensibilities big time. As is mentioned in the documentary, he looked like an action figure or a comic book superhero. I had to draw him! Anyway, I started researching him to get a feel for the character before starting my artwork. I watched his matches and researched his life and legacy. I came away feeling genuinely inspired and excited about The Ultimate Warrior and what he stood for. This new excitement and interest led me to buy this film. I'm thankful I did.
This movie paints a loving, respectful portrait of an electrifying entertainer and good man who cared about motivating others to find the value in themselves and their lives. The film is full of interesting insight regarding Warrior's career and most strikingly, a great deal of very emotional testimonies from those closest to the man. I was deeply moved by this film and I'm proud to say I'm officially an Ultimate Warrior fan.
Great picture quality and tons of supplementary material. I highly recommend this to wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike. There is tremendous motivational value in the character of The Ultimate Warrior and the multi-faceted legacy he has left behind. The Warrior reminds us that It does matter, we must do the work of our lives and we must Always Believe!!
ultimateWarrior (born James Brian Hellwig; June 16, 1959 – April 8, 2014) was an American professional wrestler, who most famously wrestled under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996. During his 1998 stint in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he was known as The Warrior. Before WWF, he was known in World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) as Dingo Warrior.
Fans looking back at the Ultimate Warrior’s career may have difficulty appreciating his impact on the sport. The biggest reason for this is the Warrior’s short run in the business. While his run was relatively short, he was incredibly over. His size and physique, his short squash matches and his off-the-wall interviews quickly won him over to wrestling fans. Vince McMahon took note of the Warrior’s popularity and groomed him to take Hulk Hogan’s place as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) champion with the idea of making Hulk Hogan continuing on as a special attraction, much as Bruno Sammartino had done after Bob Backlund became WWWF champion. Unfortunately the Ultimate Warrior and McMahon butted heads over pay. When the Warrior refused to wrestle at the 1991 SummerSlam PPV unless he received a pay raise, McMahon reluctantly gave in only to suspend the Warrior after the show (In McMahon’s eyes, the Warrior had held him up). While Vince McMahon continued to acknowledge the Ultimate Warrior’s appeal to the fans, their business relationship was troubled at best. Two brief returns to the WWF in 1992 and 1996 were welcomed by the fans but again, the Warrior’s behind the scenes squabbles with McMahon led to premature departures both times.
Last year, the WWE released Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection, a Blu-Ray collection of some of the Warrior’s biggest matches along with occasional comments from Hellwig. This year it’s released even more matches and promos along with a documentary on Jim Hellwig. The video begins with a recap of the Warrior’s career, going back to his early days where he teamed with Sting to his time in the territories prior to his entry into the WWF. While the Ultimate Warrior is usually mentioned as one of the top stars of the late 1980’s and early 90’s, his career was incredibly short compared to other stars such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. Thus it’s no surprise that the video feature doesn’t have a lot of time to cover. However the feature is fairly lengthly because it spends considerable time focusing on the Ultimate Warrior’s last days and the incredible reconciliation between him and Vince McMahon.
Some may feel this is the WWE’s way of apologizing to him for the truly rotten way they treated him. Some may even claim that the WWE is cashing in on his death by releasing this video. Looking at the timing of the video’s release and the way that the documentary goes out of its way to show that the higher-ups at the WWE (including Vince McMahon, daughter Stephanie, and Stephanie’s husband Triple) reached out to Hellwig, the documentary does seem a bit exploitive to me. When the documentary goes on to show us how the Warrior’s family was helped in its grief by the WWE, you can’t help but see the documentary as more of a celebration of how great the WWE treats its past and current employees rather than a celebration of a wrestler’s career and legacy.
For those unfamiliar with the Ultimate Warrior’s relationship with the WWF, let me bring you up to speed. In 2005, the WWE released a one disc DVD entitled The Self-Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior. The DVD featured a documentary on the Ultimate Warrior, basically burying him as a no-talent bum who was in the right place at the right time but who proved to be a flash in the pan. The DVD featured WWE Superstars mocking the Warrior’s interview style and recalling how no one really liked him (According to stories I have heard, the WWE was prepared to make a similar hatchet job DVD covering the career of Bret “The Hitman” Hart but changed it to a glowing piece upon Bret’s reconciliation with the WWE). As one might expect, the Warrior did not take kindly to the DVD.
Many WWE Superstars have burnt bridges with Vince McMahon only to patch things up however in the case of the Ultimate Warrior it seemed “highly unlikely” (as Gorilla Monsoon might have said). That changed in 2013 when the Warrior spoke positively about McMahon on an episode of his YouTube channel. Behind the scenes, the WWE began to reach out to the Ultimate Warrior with Triple H taking the lead. The documentary shows the long road that led to reconciliation and the Warrior’s agreement to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. For me, the fact that cameras were around so much throughout the various steps of the reconciliation made the documentary seem a bit plastic. Obviously no one had any idea that the Ultimate Warrior would die so unexpectedly but at times, the proceedings seem like something out of a bad reality show.
Another part of the feature deals with the Warrior’s family dealing with his death. We see many WWE Superstars helping the family with wrestler Nattie Neidhart taking a very personal interest in helping the Warrior’s family deal with their grief and start the healing process. It’s nice to see this side of the WWE but again, I can’t think of other stories such as how CM Punk claims he received his release papers from the WWE on his wedding day. It’s great that the WWE has helped the Warrior’s family through a difficult time but the WWE should know better than to pat itself on the back in a video release.
With the documentary focusing more on the WWE’s goodwill towards the Warrior and his family, the real question becomes whether or not the rest of the product is good enough to justify purchasing it. The rest of the video features more matches from the Ultimate Warrior’s career (thankfully, none of them are duplicates from his previous video) along with a ton of Warrior promos. The only drawback with the matches is that they feature way too many squash matches. The Warrior was known for quickly dispatching of his opponents (much as the Road Warriors did in their heyday) and it’s good to see a couple examples of what got the Warrior over. However the video really didn’t need so many squashes. The video would have been better served by showing more matches from the Warrior’s pre-WWF days along with some house show matches from his time in the WWF.
Die-hard Warrior fans should enjoy the matches and promos included on the video. Casual fans may not be so thrilled by the matches and promos. The Ultimate Warrior’s promos are not for everyone. Some people enjoy his maniacal esoteric style while others think he’s simply spouting gibberish. If you’re a casual fan and haven’t purchased the Warrior’s previous video, Ultimate Warrior: The Ultimate Collection, go with that one rather than Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe.
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