Have any of you seen this video when The Ultimate Warrior appeared on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” back in August 1990? I’ll link the clip at the end but it’s a perfect example of today’s topic. I remember watching this interview back then and thinking : “Who’s THIS guy?” I had never seen him like that before. Ever. If you’ve also watched “The Arsenio Hall Show” episode a few months prior to “Live,” you’ll see two very different Warrior perspectives.
Several years back when I began this blog, I included a definition of what the word warrior means. The word peaceful is not included at all but I believe it connects. We all evolve and even Warrior himself did. He made peace in his professional relationship with the WWE, Vince McMahon, and some others at his HOF induction of WMXXX. He made peace with the fact that the Ultimate Warrior character was strong and tough yet soft and gentle.
Regis Philbin compared his character as being “a link to the Indian ancestors” while Kathie Lee chimes in “like a Spirit.” Native Tribes fought like warriors and also strived for peace within the spirit. The character depicted two very unique sides on both of those shows and yet still very much him. Think about it though. Morning T.V. vs, Nighttime T.V. A different audience with different perspectives for sure. The “Live” interview to me anyway was truly him without acting. Naysayers get slammed!
We may never fully abandon our core beliefs and shouldn’t but over time, a new shift begins. The battle can turn to acceptance and eventually peace if we allow it. Sometimes, we need to either step back or completely leave a current situation in order to view a new perspective. Warrior did. I have and I hope you have at some point also. He always advocated for anyone to step outside their comfort zone and embrace variety. I totally agree but then again, there are legit reasons why people stay put. It does become their life. Many wrestlers stick around after their career and I know this frustrated Warrior. He finally admitted on the Ultimate Collection DVD why they love it so much to stay.
Years go by and we all age, mature, and learn new things. When we are in a career, relationship, or anything that involves longevity, it can become robotic. We just go thru the motions but still remain true to ourselves. Sure, we can compromise but sometimes never fully understand another’s point of view. It is a challenge admitting mistakes but we need to stay open to all sides of the story.
Retirement may bring that sense of peace to some or maybe just taking a long break. We are all warriors battling on with whatever comes our way in life and am sure you can relate. To get to that peaceful state of being takes time, patience, and effort. It’s there but we need to do the work too. My life has evolved so much especially these last few years. I try so hard to have more understanding of another’s circumstance instead of judging or criticizing right away.
Warrior had A LOT to always say on many topics. Some controversial, some not. Being a father changed his perspectives somewhat over time. I have seen plenty of peaceful interviews with him and yet the dramatic, frenetic ones get more recognition. We all have both sides and should defend our passions while agreeing to listen as well. Every human being needs to work on this everyday including famous ones.
Warrior’s life became more private as years went by and he needed that. He could slip into character whenever he wanted and still had that intense personality. He did have peaceful perspectives despite critics. As fans, we thrived on that Ultimate Warrior character but I always liked seeing the other side. I kinda know this now with him in spirit..😉
It’s great to get drama and excitement but at the end of the day, the peaceful heart matters. I’m not getting all mushy here but think about this for a moment. 🧐We may disagree but again like I’ve said many times before, respect counts. Find that peace inside of you warriors. You can still fight those battles but believe in the Ultimate spirit of a new perspective.
~~ uploaded by Warrior Central, 4/23/09. “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.” Aug. 1990. (this was right before SummerSlam ’90 with Rick Rude!) |~anyone notice how both U.W. and K.L. are wearing orange?? 🤣
~~~P.S. My bday is tomorrow so guess what my plans are? If you’ve read that post a month ago, you’ll know! Watching the last match on WMVI of course!!
www.spiritandbelief.com~~ the other spiritual blog you can also find if interested along with info on my book! 💖💙📗
~Oh, one more, I promise this is it! “The Arsenio Hall Show” episode was aired right before WMVI!