In the world of professional wrestling, though, everything – in front of and behind the curtain – is drama. The "Jim" in the above case is Jim Hellwig, better known to the ticket-buying public as the Ultimate Warrior. The company in question is what at the time was known as the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment). And the above situation is now documented by the WWE's DVD release The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior.
The documentary lays out, in detail, the career of the Ultimate Warrior, starting from his days tag-teaming with Sting, moving through his meteoric rise to fame in the WWE, and how his ego got the best of him.
The Ultimate Warrior did not participate in this release, and has used his Web site to blast just about everyone involved in the program. As strange as it is to say, the man well known for some of the least-eloquent interviews in WWF/E history makes some good points. Essentially, the DVD is history through the eyes of Vince McMahon, a businessman who on his best days could be described as egomaniacal.
In between segments about the Warrior are clips of current WWE superstars mocking everything about the Warrior from his in-ring prowess (which, in fairness, was limited) to his ranting, nonsensical interview style.
But there is a certain appeal to such a feature, as one-sided as it may be. Thanks to the Internet, the modern-day wrestling fan can keep up with all the backstage politics and maneuvering with a few simple keystrokes. It's easy to find out why, for instance, a wrestler disappeared from television for a few months, or why someone is the champion. But during the Warrior's heyday, sources for this information were few and far between. With The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior we get a backstage pass to see exactly how the WWE reacts to certain personality types – even if that pass is more of a corporate guided tour.