THE BLADE RUNNERS (Ultimate Warrior & Sting)

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One of the most Iconic tag teams of all times that they are talked about on Mythical levels who are on many people Top 50 Greatest tag teams of all times even though they never won a title and only wrestled together for One whole year, who went to become icons and the most popular wrestlers in the late 80's and early 90's who BECAME THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR & STING.......The tag team that was known as THE BLADE RUNNERS.......

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Tag Team

Hellwig and Borden started a 2-person team in 1985 after PUSA disbanded, retaining the Flash/Justice monikers.

The Freedom Fighters

They later adopted the "Freedom Fighters" name while retaining the Flash/Justice names in Memphis' Continental Wrestling Association under manager Dutch Mantel. As the bodybuilders lacked thorough training, the team was raw and brutal, easily hurting opponents with their stiff maneuvers which led to their stay in Memphis being a short one.


Freedom Fighters Promo (Ultimate Warrior & Sting)


^^^^^^WARRIOR was FUCKIN HUGE, at least 300 lbs of muscle

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Bladerunners UWF Debut


Mid-South
The team began working for Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling (renamed the "Universal Wrestling Federation" shortly after) in early 1986. In Mid-South, they became known as The Blade Runners (Hellwig was called "Blade Runner Rock" and Borden became "Blade Runner Sting"). The Blade Runners were managed by "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert and as part of "Hot Stuff International, Inc." the team feuded with Ted DiBiase and Steven James Williams.

The birth of the Blade Runners was the pivotal moment where Sting assumed his well-known name that persists today. Rock would later transition into various "warrior" motifs.


Bladerunners 6 Man Tag Match


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Split
Less than 6 months after arriving in Mid-South, Hellwig and Borden split up with Hellwig moving on to World Class Championship Wrestling, where he became known The Dingo Warrior, laying the foundation for his famous 'Ultimate Warrior gimmick in the WWF, and later in WCW. Ultimately he even changed his name to Warrior, and most recently wrestled under it in Barcelona, Spain.

Sting remained in Mid-South and under the tutelage of Eddie Gilbert for a while before turning face. He would later move on to WCW and then TNA.


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  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    Back in the day, there was this promotion called the UWF.

    Cowboy Bill Watts ran an outfit that showcased great wrestlers like Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner, Ted DiBiase and a tag team known as the Blade Runners.

    Sting and The Ultimate Warrior. They both came out in face paint and looked like muscled-up dudes who could just pummel their opponents.

    They were "Road Warriors" Lite.
  • iKingGodGivBiziKingGodGivBiz Batman With Prep Time Posts: 17,611 Regulator
    edited March 2013
    They shoulda been a legit tag team for a few months after warrior jobbed to hogan, but the egos wouldnt allow it to happen.
    VIBEsouth4lifeAnti_matter
  • VIBEVIBE Awww Yeeaah! Posts: 40,297 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Damn, Warrior was brolic as fuck.

  • Trollio Trollio Trollololololololololol Posts: 21,408 ✭✭✭✭✭
    they should be dlc in wwe 13
    ill destroy niggas with their mat skills and that body splash
    KNiGHTS
  • herbalism101herbalism101 Posts: 1,258 ✭✭✭✭✭
    They were better apart than they were together. You ever see Hellwig when he was Dingo Warrior in WCCW? Awful....
  • JokerKingJokerKing Вони виявили, Ваш номер STATION в рамках цієї спільноти! Watching Jimmy Fallon With Barbara GordonPosts: 26,060 Regulator
    I'm sorry bro, but i cannot call this team great. Not enough time together and little to no legacy.
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm sorry bro, but i cannot call this team great. Not enough time together and little to no legacy.

    I'm sorry bro also, I didn't call them great, I said I seen them on greatest 50 tag teams list....but you cant deny the mythical like status they have in wrestling...I remember in the late 80's how PWI use to talk about the blade runners reuniting or wrestling each others for each other titles and they had a underground cult like following with tall tales like stories
    iKingGodGivBiz
  • apollo greedapollo greed Posts: 135 ✭✭✭
    I hated sting in NWO. Thats where WCW messed up. The whole Black and white, red and black crap...but thats a different thread all together.
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I hated sting in NWO. Thats where WCW messed up. The whole Black and white, red and black crap...but thats a different thread all together.



    Yo @apollogreed i dont care what nobody says, Prime Apollo Creed would of fucked up Clubber Lang in Rocky III
    its....JOHN BTheBossman
  • RawAceRawAce Posts: 3,794 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lang was too focused and too raw.
    Creed was good all around but Lang was faster and stronger
  • Crude_Crude_ Legend Posts: 16,174 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree Clubber Lane was to raw he was more of a brute that just happened to be a boxer and not a true boxer.

    Creed was a very clean and polished boxer.

    Someone with great skill and game plans can beat a power house with no plans other than just throwing hay makers hoping for a knockout.

    Back to topic...

    I was a big time Sting mark when he was in WCW he and Ric Flair are the reason I watched WCW in the early years.

    The Warrior was a product of great booking and having a great character that was marketable and different at the time he was popular in the WWE/F.

    The Warrior had an impressive physique particularly for that day in age and the WWE marketed him as an unstoppable force.

    Looking back the Warrior was subpar in the ring and wasn't great on the mic either although he did have great charisma.

    Vincent put the Warrior in matches he squashed his opponents and no selled a lot of their moves as well making him seem even stronger than he was.

    This all culminated to him facing Hogan at WrestleMania VI.

    He was pitted to be the face of company after he beat Hogan for the title but then he started no showing shows and the whole steroids scandal hit further complicating matters.

    Sting was the face of WCW the whole time WCW existed in my opinion although that NWO angle is what put WCW over the top as the face of professional wrestling.

    Sting unlike Warrior could wrestle in his heyday.

    He stayed a baby face until that while NWO angle.

    Then they adopted that crow Sting gimmick.

    I didn't care for his crow Sting gimmick as much nor did I care for his role in the NWO wolf pack.

    I wish they would have kept Sting purely as a WCW guy.

    I think his character was better as baby face and not that more edgy crow Sting guy that came from ceiling and appeared in the ring with a baseball bat ish.

    The writers should have kept Sting, Goldberg, and DDP WCW guys feuding with NWO guys like Hogan, Hall, and Nash.

    Occasionally guys from both sides should have put over mid card guys like Jericho, Dean Malenko, Guerrero, Kidman, and Benoit.

    The NWO should have disbanded after Sting beat Hollywood Hogan at Starcade.

    My conclusion is both Sting and the Ultimate Warrior benefited from the split and becoming singles competitors.

    Had they stuck together they probably would have had success as a tag team but not near the level they had as singles wrestlers.

    Good move for both.
    waterproofiKingGodGivBizjonoaneed123
  • T. SanfordT. Sanford An Advocate Member Of Trill Family aka Legion Of Trill Posts: 15,560 ✭✭✭✭✭
    If it wasn't for Apollo Creed, that bish ass Rocky wouldn't know how to beat Clubber Lane
    waterproofiKingGodGivBizits....JOHN B
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    T. Sanford wrote: »
    If it wasn't for Apollo Creed, that bish ass Rocky wouldn't know how to beat Clubber Lane

    that's what i am talking bout when Rocky faced Creed. Creed was on his down years and took Rocky 2 fights to beat Creed........Creed is a Scientific Boxer with skills, and he told Rocky look here man, like Mick Said Lang will kill your ass in the ring, you have to box Lang, and slow footed, stiff Rocky got some soul in his ass (no greek) and learned how to box, use footwork and dance in the ring, counter punches, Creed done open the book for him....

    Clubber Lang is a Beast no doubt and would fuck up Ivan Drago but Prime Creed, Creed would put on a ass whopping clinic...
    T. Sanford
  • Peezy_JenkinsPeezy_Jenkins Artist/Producer #Hustlin #VegasLights Posts: 16,257 ✭✭✭✭✭
    its good this thread got derailed, warrior was overrated and deserves no props
    iKingGodGivBizMister B.
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2013
    its good this thread got derailed, warrior was overrated and deserves no props

    come on man, I'm not a Warrior fan but the dude made a name for himself and work his way up to the main event and a title run and made brand and told vince to fuck himself. called out Hogan out on his ways.........

    I got a Warrior thread in the tuck coming soon
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    THE BLADE RUNNERS Debut in Memphis
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior, you lived and breathed the Warrior Lifestyle
    VIBEiKingGodGivBiz
  • jonojono Right fist = power, left fist = unity Posts: 18,237 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I watched that tag match (warrior/sting v. hogan/hitman)
    And there were so many funnies

    -- Warrior wearing a coat the whole time
    -- Bruce Buffer's unnecessarily elaborate introductions
    -- The bat signal with the Warrior logo
    -- Warrior being blown up just from coming to the ring
    -- mortal kombat "the series"
    -- mike tenay contradicting bruce buffer
  • BroddieBroddie I love pussy; but never the bitch that it's attached to. NYCPosts: 4,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2014
    I always found it serendipitous how they both finally won the world titles of their respective promotions in the same year. It's like both their careers came full circle at the exact same time.
    iKingGodGivBizjono
  • iKingGodGivBiziKingGodGivBiz Batman With Prep Time Posts: 17,611 Regulator
    Broddie wrote: »
    I always found it serendipitous how they both finally won the world titles of their respective promotions in the same year. It's like both their careers came full circle at the exact same time.
    Pwi 1990 i think Sting was #1 and Warrior was #4. not sure tho
    @waterproof
  • iKingGodGivBiziKingGodGivBiz Batman With Prep Time Posts: 17,611 Regulator
    Closest comparison i can find was Samoa Joe n Cena. They used to feud over the UPW belt in cali, while breaking in the business together. WWE scouts including Jim Ross said Samoa Joe would never be a star in this business cuz of his look, After Joe tried out, but signed Cena.

    By 2006 Cena was king of the WWE, while Joe was king of TNA.

    Unfortunate how TNA let Joe fall off, meanwhile Cena still going strong eveb without a title reign.
  • waterproofwaterproof Conqueror of Self On The Road to ZionPosts: 9,036 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Broddie wrote: »
    I always found it serendipitous how they both finally won the world titles of their respective promotions in the same year. It's like both their careers came full circle at the exact same time.
    Pwi 1990 i think Sting was #1 and Warrior was #4. not sure tho
    @waterproof

    Sting was #1 and Warrior was #2, that was the year when the magazine's was hyping a cross promotion match of Warrior vs Sting
    BroddieiKingGodGivBizTheBossman
  • BroddieBroddie I love pussy; but never the bitch that it's attached to. NYCPosts: 4,004 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Closest comparison i can find was Samoa Joe n Cena. They used to feud over the UPW belt in cali, while breaking in the business together. WWE scouts including Jim Ross said Samoa Joe would never be a star in this business cuz of his look, After Joe tried out, but signed Cena.

    By 2006 Cena was king of the WWE, while Joe was king of TNA.

    Unfortunate how TNA let Joe fall off, meanwhile Cena still going strong eveb without a title reign.

    One of the biggest mistakes TNA ever made was dropping the ball with Joe back then. If they had booked shit logically back then the company would've been in a completely different position right now in terms of product quality.

  • JokerKingJokerKing Вони виявили, Ваш номер STATION в рамках цієї спільноти! Watching Jimmy Fallon With Barbara GordonPosts: 26,060 Regulator
    It's Clubber LANG, YOU MORONS!
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