Do you have a title alongside your name? It seems that we all do with regards to Mr., Ms. or anything similar. How about all those professional titles or degrees we acquire over the years? We work our way up the “corporate ladder” from an assistant to possibly president of a company someday. Does that mean everything to you in business? Or, could you take it and leave it?
In the WWE or other related forms of sports entertainment, the titles and belts MEAN something. It’s what you attain for at the top of your game. The WWE currently has 18 title championships. 18! I had to look that up what with the many brands in the business nowadays. Back when I watched, there were only a few titles and each show didn’t have their own division with belts. Are those titles important for you to see around your favorite’s waist? A title doesn’t mean you are better off for having one. You may have earned it but is it ALL of you?
Fame, money, recognition and all that go hand in hand but it also depends on your version of that success. Warrior was very different with not wanting a belt to prove his worth to fans. He even said: “I don’t need a belt… I don’t need it.” That was outrageous for an athlete to even utter those words. He did after all win those titles but didn’t necessarily want that to be the primary focus of his character.
It can and does mean so much more to others in different ways. How about you? Sure, we need success for our livelihood but is being at the top always the end goal? Hmmm… One to think about for sure. Even if you are “the boss,” you have to ask yourself why you wanted that title in the first place. Some may want it to prove they can get it (like WWE performers) but others may want it for power or to be liked. If you aren’t liked as a boss or champion, many could be jealous of your position. Maybe you aren’t a good boss or champ anyway.
The “claim to fame” has both positives and negatives as does working towards that elusive title. Am sure you fans would still follow your favorites with or without a title, belt, or “strap” as Warrior called it. I know I did. Of course, I loved when U.W. proved his worth by obtaining a belt but it was never just that with me. Ever. My emotions were better when he didn’t have one as I’ve said before.
Back in the day, very few performers had the chance of winning a championship title. Such a challenge with competition between those selected. Now, it’s almost the entire roster of talent that is able to vie for a title. Is this better or worse? It all depends on how you look at it but again, we all evolve.
When you are able to look back on something– what is it you remember most? Career goals will differ from personal ones but those titles may creep in. You should be proud of professional success however, don’t forget to let the REAL you shine. ✨
I have seen many twitter bios on some profile pages of former wrestlers. Not that I’m looking but we have followers in common. Some mention their pro career, some list their life now, and some use both. My page is mostly professional since that is why I use twitter. Other social media is more personal with family life. I happen to love those guys who list the NOW more. You can have your own opinion, this is just mine.
Is it that important to list you being a champ 11, 12, or more times? Maybe it is for them but true fans are loyal despite that number. My memories of any Superstar back then never just revolved around winning a title or even how many times. The titles do matter, don’t misunderstand here and of course famous people’s bios will differ from us regular folks.
Warrior’s greatest contributions that he was MOST proud of are his daughters. I totally agree. One’s personal life should always come before one’s professional life. However that looks for you– believe in the personal titles. They hold much more meaning than any “strap” ever will. 💖
P.S. I didn’t have Twitter before Warrior passed so no idea what his bio was. I can guess though!
P.P.S. I value my personal titles more than pro ones I accomplished. On that, Warrior and I agree- yet again.,,
** Here are some of mine to get you started on your own:
~~~Wife, Mother, yogi, blogger, speaker, gardener, cook, singer, swimmer, cyclist, etc… All personal. Not professional.