It Came From YouTube: The Honky Tonk Man issues an open challenge, and gets more than he bargained for!

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The Honky Tonk Man issues an open challenge for his Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam 1988.

The Ultimate Warrior answers the challenge, and proceeds to crush  The Honky Tonk Man like a bug in 31 seconds.

Hang on, I hear a knock at the door…

Gay Popeye

“Ooo! I wouldn’t mind that big muscly Warrior fella laying down over me in 31 seconds… He could pin me and take off my big shiny belt any time! UG-GUG-GUG!”


Anyway, I guess this only qualifies as WrestleCrap if you’re a big Honky Tonk Man fan who never wanted to see him drop the title.

Otherwise, it’s freakin’ awesome and one of The Ultimate Warrior’s most memorable moments.

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17 Responses to "It Came From YouTube: The Honky Tonk Man issues an open challenge, and gets more than he bargained for!"
  1. W.M. Pump says:

    I would be saying this if he were alive.

    How do you cover up the fact a guy can’t wrestle? Put him on the winning side of a squash match.

    He couldn’t wrestle a lick, but he was intense and charismatic, and he did very well with that.

    He gave the fans what they wanted to see there against HTM. Truthfully, I wish people made a bigger deal about the multiple times he slammed Andre. If Hogan slammed Andre when he weighed 800 lbs, then surely the Warriah slammed him when he weighed 234 lbs.

    In all seriousness, Warrior’s bodyslams on Andre looked better than Hogan’s, like he had an easier time getting Andre up.

    Still couldn’t wrestle though.

    • W.M. Pump says:

      typo, meant to type 1234 lbs

    • Ed says:

      It’s kind of sad that fake Ultimate Warrior (Rick Wilson/Renegade) was probably a better wrestler than the real one…

      • Scrooge McSuck says:

        Are you high? Warrior wasn’t ever confused for being a good worker (but good enough to be carried), but Renegade/Rio Lord of the Jungle was fucking awful at everything, from wrestling to cutting promos. Warrior has had good-great matches with the right opponents and his bizarre promos are memorable. Renegade was an awful copy of a poor worker/highly energetic character.

  2. Frigid Civil. says:


  3. Ed says:

    Think that’s supposed to be Summerslam 1988

  4. Mister Forth says:

    This moment made Warrior. He would have bigger moments later, but this one made him.

  5. MWeyer says:

    My all-time favorite mark-out moment. After a year and a half of this joke cheating his way to keep the belt, seeing him trashed in 30 seconds was glorious.

  6. Preparation Triple H says:

    I always appreciated Honky Tonk’s little turn on the canvas to get in the right position for Ultimate Warrior’s splash before the pin. Occurs at 1:49 in the video.

  7. Sean Bateman says:

    Gay Popeye returns????? Sweet Mother of God.

  8. Brad says:

    I heard that it was Honky Tonk Man’s idea for the quick squash. Not sure if it’s true or not, but if it was, kudos because it made Warrior look like a million bucks

    • José says:

      I’ve heard the same. Honky said to Vince “Let’s do it quickly” or something. The man didn’t like Warrior even in those days.

  9. Thomas Moffatt says:

    HEADLIES – Michael Cole offers open challenge with open stipulation; Heidenreich answers challenge with waist lock iron match stipulation – or is that TOO awful???

  10. Thomas Moffatt says:

    Potential Wrestlecrap angle – Triple H begins a war in of words with Hulk Hogan; Nipple H decides to throw her weight about and makes an open challenge that is answered by… BROOKE HOGAN!!!!

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