Denison Hosts Professional Wrestler To Discuss American Two-Party System
Posted: November 3, 2003
GRANVILLE - The Denison University Lecture Series will host professional wrestler Warrior to discuss "Conservatives vs. Liberals: AKA Solutions vs. Sulking." Set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 11) in Slayter Auditorium, this convocation is free and open to the public. Warrior will speak about various topics in connection with conservatism and liberalism.
Warrior, an avid reader of Adam Smith, Russell Kirk, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and the founders of the United States, is using his fame as a wrestler to attract young people to his current goal of working to spread the ideas of these thinkers to young people across America.
Warrior won the 1984 National Physique Committee Mr. Georgia bodybuilding contest and competed for Mr. America in 1985. Warrior entered professional wrestling in the Mid-Southern Wrestling organization and began his mat career with partner Steve "Sting" Borden. He briefly wrestled with World Class Championship Wrestling in Dallas where he developed his name "The Ultimate Warrior," before moving to Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Within two years of wrestling in the WWF, Warrior defeated Hulk Hogan for the championship belt.
Warrior dropped "The Ultimate" from his name in 1993 and became a businessman with numerous projects including comic books, gyms and a mail-order business called "Warrior's World." He returned to the WWF for a brief time and entered a legal battle for the rights to his character, winning the rights to his name in a court decision. In 1998, Warrior again returned to wrestling, scoring all-time high cable television ratings for Monday Nitro, a program on the TNT network.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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