The early 1990s was an interesting time for WWE (then still called the WWF) as Vince McMahon‘s juggernaut was in a bit of a transition period. The big stars of the 1980s such as Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage were getting a bit stale in Vince’s eyes (both went on to prove him wrong when they jumped ship to WCW) and the company was looking to move in a new direction. The Ultimate Warrior was seen as someone who could lead WWE into the future (that didn’t turn out so well), as was a young big man that Vince branded as The Undertaker (that one turned out a little better).
Naturally, it made sense to pair the two together for a program, which led to quite the hilarious moment during one of their matches together.
The Undertaker no-sold everyone in his early days in WWE
When Mark Calaway arrived on the scene in WWE in late 1990, one of the major selling points of his Undertaker character early on was that he really couldn’t be hurt. ‘Taker was said to possess supernatural powers, powers that got even stronger after Paul Bearer replaced Brother Love as his manager.
Naturally, the only way for The Undertaker to get this across to the audience was to no-sell his opponents, much like The Ultimate Warrior would do when he went into one of his Hogan-like spasms near the end of a lot of his matches. So one would think that Warrior would understand the concept. But when the two stars hooked up in the ring and ‘Taker no-sold him, Warrior got a little confused.
The Ultimate Warrior asked The Undertaker during a match why he was no-selling
Soon after WrestleMania 7 in 1991, an event in which The Undertaker began his famous streak with a win over WWE legend Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and The Ultimate Warrior “retired” Randy Savage, the two began a program together on television that naturally led to a number of matches between the two at house shows.
And it was during one of these matches that The Ultimate Warrior straight up asked The Undertaker why he was no-selling him, as ‘Taker once told Corey Graves on his After the Bell podcast.
“The character was a monster. I didn’t sell that much. I remember one night, Ultimate Warrior, he’d been beating on me and pounding and me and just everything. Knock me down, I’m sitting back up, I’m coming back up. Finally, he goes, and I thought I was, but evidently I wasn’t, he goes, ‘Mark, are you going to sell anything tonight?’ It’s like, ‘Okay. Here we go. Alright, let’s do this. Let’s try that.’”The Undertaker on no-selling The Ultimate Warrior
With all due respect to the late Hall of Famer, does anyone else think it’s more than a little funny that The Ultimate Warrior was trying to tell The Undertaker how to work a match?
The feud was cut short when The Ultimate Warrior was famously suspended after the 1991 edition of WWE SummerSlam
Throughout the late spring and summer of 1991, The Undertaker and The Ultimate Warrior had matches all over the country with Warrior usually coming out on top via disqualification as a way to protect ‘Taker.
Warrior did, however, hand The Undertaker his first pinfall loss in WWE and even won the company’s first-ever Casket Match. An extended series of matches were set to take place as the year progressed but everything changed when The Ultimate Warrior was famously suspended following the 1991 edition of WWE SummerSlam as he held the main event hostage by demanding more money for previous and future appearances.