A WWE Hall of Famer has recalled his early encounters with Sting and The Ultimate Warrior and says the two stars were “terrible” in the ring.
Sting and The Ultimate Warrior both conquered the wrestling world in very different ways despite starting out together as a tag team known as The Blade Runners.
Sting became a star in the NWA and later WCW, capturing the promotion’s world championships on several occasions. Sting continues his legacy to this day as part of AEW having also competed in TNA and WWE.
The Ultimate Warrior became a huge sensation in WWE in the late eighties and early nineties which culminated in him beating Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania 6 to become WWE Champion. His relationship with the company was fractious over the years but both sides had settled their differences to honour Warrior with a Hall of Fame induction in 2014. However, tragedy struck just a few days later as Ultimate Warrior suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 54.
Speaking on the Cheap Heat podcast, Bushwacker Luke explained his initial thoughts on Sting and The Ultimate Warrior when he first came across them and thinks Warrior was lucky that Vince McMahon apparently favoured bodybuilders:
“I knew him before he became The Ultimate Warrior. I knew him when he was with Sting and they were called The Blade Runners. And, boy, they were terrible. They were trained by a well-known guy on the west coast who trained a lot of guys, but these were two bodybuilders.”
“Warrior only worried about his body, even in WWF [WWE]. That’s what he was there for, to get paid to work out and his body. He didn’t care so much about the wrestling. They were terrible. Sting was the much better worker. He learned the business properly. Warrior, he was lucky that Vince loved bodybuilders otherwise he wouldn’t have been booked anywhere.”