Bruce Prichard, Executive Director for WWE has discussed his feelings on The Ultimate Warrior’s return match at WrestleMania 12 where he defeated Triple H in short order.
Prichard was discussing WrestleMania 12 that took place in March 1996 on his Something To Wrestle With podcast. Co-host Conrad Thompson asked for his reaction to Warrior’s first WWE match in over three years.
“Absolutely hated it. The entrance was cool. The entrance with the pyro and the Warrior symbol and all that sh*t was pretty cool. But beyond that, I hated it.”
Bruce Prichard then discussed Vince McMahon’s reaction to the match. Prichard also explained that the match had been due to last longer than the 96 seconds that it did. But Warrior changed things backstage during the event, while McMahon was in the arena at the announce desk.
“Vince watched it on-air, live. Wasn’t really happy with it. I was just p*ssed off about it. I felt that it was abusing the fact that Vince wasn’t backstage, and it wasn’t good. I didn’t think that it did really much for Warrior. If Warrior just beat a piece of sh*t then he just beat a piece of sh*t. If he beat a guy that was out there and gave him some kind of challenge then it would have been a bigger win. So for me, I was just not happy. I knew it beforehand and I was not happy with it when they went to the ring, and I was even less happy when they came back. So, didn’t like it. I hated it.”
“I thought it just squashed Hunter and didn’t do anything. If that’s all we were going to do we could have just said hey Warrior returns at Wrestlemania and send Mario Mancini out there to do that.”
Bruce Prichard also recounted the time he warned The Undertaker to never get tattoos. Telling the Phenom that they might limit his career.