10 Pieces Of Wrestling Trivia That Will Astonish You

9. Vince McMahon Tried To Sign The Ultimate Warrior In 1997

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In December 1997, Vince McMahon cut his famous "opening the creative envelope" promo.

In it, he formally ushered in the Attitude Era by claiming that you were quite frankly tired of having your intelligence insulted. The old days of "good guys versus bad guys" were passé. He knew Austin was the guy, and he knew that a chaotic new creative direction was required to get him all the way over.

In reality, McMahon had opened an envelope and stuck a huge contract offer inside of it. The recipient of that offer was the Ultimate Warrior, but this wasn't quite the shade of grey fans were drawn to. They were drawn to good guys with an edge. The Ultimate Warrior was an horrendous human being masquerading as a hero, which technically counts, not that the Warrior was going to play an updated version of himself. He never did.

In this cursed dimension, he would have cut abysmal, humourless promos and acted creepily towards young children just like he did in 1990. He was a far better fit for BritWres than the Attitude Era. Mercifully, the deal never materialised. Even in 1997, in his most radical headspace, Vince McMahon still longed for the familiar.

The passé.


Writer, podcaster and editor. Deft Punk. Author of Becoming All Elite: The Rise of AEW, which is available to purchase at the following link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Becoming-All-Elite-powerful-Wrestling/dp/B09MYSNT71