If we don’t go by a nickname, we probably know somebody who does. My siblings and I do but I have known plenty of people who prefer their longer birth name. I’m not that fond of mine and prefer the shortened version. Warrior even changed his altogether!!Sometimes we use nicknames to remember someone easier or by association.

I loved reading how Warrior had nicknames for his girls, including Dana. When my kids were babies I called them sweet names that just came out and they stuck- at least for a while. My son was “sir boy” or “baby sir” and my daughter was “beauty” or “little dolly.”

Once I had watched many of Warrior’s matches in their entirety, some nicknames came to mind but only after seeing them a few times. I would never notice the crowd, background, or signs people held since Warrior held all my attention. 😬😊 Again, humor comes into play with many fans or outside forces during the matches that resulted in nicknames for me to remember.

After the Ultimate Warrior defeated Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Title in Summerslam ‘88, they wrestled again that December. I nicknamed that “The Cotton Candy match” since the cotton candy man is so close to the ring. I know they no longer do this but I laugh every single time! What concentration those athletes must have had to ignore all that!!! 😂

At the beginning of Summerslam ‘89 against Rick Rude, someone holds up a “Hi Kathy” sign! I never saw that the first time but now that will forever be the “Kathy match” for me. 💖 I love this older woman sitting ringside who cheers the Ultimate Warrior on in his Main Event match against Ted DiBiase for the heavyweight title. That has become “the Grandma match” for me and I love her enthusiasm! The girl next to her even has on an Indiana sweatshirt.

Nicknames can be funny or endearing depending on how we interpret them but they make us remember in a great way. My mom always called me “Bright Eyes” and I like to think that is so special for me now more than ever with Warrior and his girls sharing beautiful brown eye color. 👁👁👁👁 I love nicknames and how they make me feel even though with my memory and Warrior, I will never forget.

Author: Kathy Pickett

I'm a wife, mom of 2 and have always been a huge fan of WWE’s the Ultimate Warrior despite his passing. I created this blog to share my stories relating to him that happened years ago and some are continuing today with his Spirit alive and well! I hope some fans out there relate and enjoy my blog!!! Check out my book “Spirit and Belief” on how Warrior influenced me in spirit. It is filled with humor, family stories, psychic terms, following my intuition, and how everyone has natural abilities we can tap into or get guidance upon.

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