Many times while watching Warrior on YouTube videos or seeing him with fans, a few questions lingered for me. Fans of course are there since they love the Ultimate Warrior but then Warrior himself is that character. He would always ask how they want items signed and for me, that’s classy. He lets them choose. Which name or “person” would you choose and why?
Before I personally answer that, a favorite video of mine is this boy at a meet and greet. They were chatting and Warrior says to the boy: “People say my hair has changed. My hair hasn’t changed, has it? It’s the same as it was back then, ain’t it?” The boy laughs and says: ” It has….” Warrior rubs his head as laughter ensues from the other adults nearby. Two looks, one man. I never forgot that video so just had to find it again.
Sure, he could’ve been unrecognizable to a child who sees the character and man as entirely separate. Warrior made his character so multi-dimensional and still him underneath it all. Many performers didn’t do that but their character worked for them in the way they needed. Warrior took such risks which proves his longevity today.
I’ll answer my own question of “which Warrior would I choose?” My teenage self only knew one but my adult self knows both. Warrior, Mr. Warrior, Dr. Warrior– whatever you want to call him, that’s the line I’d be in. What if we could have them both standing at a meet and greet with two lines? Whose line would you be in? I mention a graphic organizer in my book Spirit and Belief like a sun but here’s another one– a Venn diagram. Yes, I love ideas my kids learn in school.
A Venn diagram has two circles that intersect with a little space in the middle. The left circle would be the Ultimate Warrior and the right would be Warrior with that little space in the middle where they intersect. You list traits of each then the commonalities in the middle. It’s done in their Language Arts classes with comparing book characters.
I’m sure you all can list your own traits of both but the middle is most important. That’s where the two meet and become one. We are all the same, celebrity or not and we come together as just people. Even though I had a past with the Ultimate Warrior character, my present is now with Warrior. It is all connected whether in memories, dreams, or spirit. I loved watching him perform with all his intensity but the real guy and his message are truth enough for me.
We all have different sides to ourselves and with being a celebrity, you are the performer and real self. That’s the price of fame. Take away the running, paint, long hair, gear, screaming, and anything else Ultimate and then you just have Warrior. We all have stuff we hide behind and then there’s just us. Wouldn’t you want people to meet the REAL you anyway? Yes, it’s hard taking away all the extra things but sometimes that’s exactly what we need to do.
Warrior had the courage to step away from that character for a while and explore other business opportunities. Yes, he still would use that character with his livelihood but really, wouldn’t you? WWE and Warrior could’ve worked together for many years but that didn’t happen back then so he did it his OWN way. I get it. We can be a character but what we really want and need is to be appreciated for our realness underneath it all. Some may not like us, agree with us, or want to be around us. We all need respect for just being who we are behind the mask.
Yeah, I know this is deep but really think about it. We need to be us, whatever the cost. So, whose line would you be in? Is this an easy or hard question for you? It’s very simple ( my opinion) but does make me think of myself and perhaps the masks I wear. Do I let others see the real me? Well, I sure am doing better at that now with everything I’ve done. I have Warrior to thank for most of it, at least the Ultimate spirit stuff anyway. Pick your line and choose the right one. Get to what’s REAL and see beyond those masks and maybe hair…….😉
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