A former WWE Superstar has pinpointed the exact moment Vince McMahon decided to change the name of future Hall Of Famer The Ultimate Warrior.
The Ultimate Warrior had one of the best runs of any WWE Superstar in history in the late 1980s as he forged a path to the main event of WrestleMania 6 in 1990 where he would face WWF Champion, Hulk Hogan. Warrior became the first man to defeat Hogan on The Grandest Stage Of Them All as he claimed the top prize in wrestling in Toronto, Canada.
However, before he was known as The Ultimate Warrior in the World Wrestling Federation, he went by the more exotic Dingo Warrior. Now Mario Mancini, who worked as an enhancement talent in WWE throughout the eighties, has revealed on the Cheap Heat Productions Podcast that he was there when Vince McMahon decided to change Warrior’s name:
“Jimmy Hellwig said, ‘I will be victorious because I am The Dingo Warrior… I am The Ultimate Warrior!’ And Vince said, ‘What did you just say? You’re The Ultimate Warrior?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ He goes, ‘I like that, we’re going with that. We’re dropping The Dingo [Warrior], we’re going with The Ultimate Warrior.’ I was sitting right there.”
The Ultimate Warrior made a brief return to WWE in 1996 before he was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2014. Sadly, just days after his induction and the day after he appeared on Monday Night Raw for the first time in eighteen years, Warrior passed away at the age of just 54.