WWE Hall Of Famer The Honky Tonk Man has recalled the night he had to teach Ultimate Warrior a stark lesson in front of an arena full of people.
One of Honky Tonk Man’s most famous rivalries during his career in the WWF was The Ultimate Warrior. Warrior and Honky Tonk Man battled over the Intercontinental Championship in the latter part of 1988 with Warrior capturing the title in just over 30 seconds at that year’s SummerSlam.
Speaking to fellow WWE Hall Of Famers JBL and Gerald Brisco on Stories With Brisco And Bradshaw Honky Tonk Man recalled having to tell Warrior to take it easier on him in the ring:
“He would hit me so hard in the hard and I finally told him. I said, ‘Jim, you just can’t hit me like that.’ I said, ‘I’ll do anything you want out there. I’ll get out there and do the best I can’. But my head was starting to swell like a softball and had gotten mushy. And I said, ‘If you ever hit me like that again, I’m gonna go down and I’m not getting up.’”
Honky Tonk Man then recalled matters coming to a head in a match in Denver, Colorado where he had to teach Warrior a lesson in the ring:
“The crowd was into it. He hit me in the side of the head. I went down. He pulled my hair trying to pick me up, and he was pulling my hair like pluckin’ a chicken and dropping my hair. But I would not get up. I clenched to the mat, and he felt the people just die.”
“And I got back to the locker room. I said, ‘Jim, I told you don’t ever hit me like that again.’ He said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ He said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘I’ll never hit you like that again.’ I said, ‘Well, how’d you feel out there?’ He said, ‘I felt like I was naked in front of all these people.’ He said, ‘They sh*t on me.’”
“I said, ‘Yeah, they did.’ I said, ‘You got to remember, it takes everybody in that ring to work this match.’ And I said, ‘If you hurt me, you’re out there by yourself.’ And so he never hit me like that again. Never ever.”
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