Do any of you have a sibling that you just couldn’t be without growing up? Well, maybe not that far but one you’d laugh with, play jokes on, and just totally get along on anything! For me, that was my brother. We had similar personalities unlike my sisters and were just goof balls together. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed watching WWF (now WWE) much at all. We even had our own little banter during some of the matches. What fun days those were…
When Stephanie McMahon was interviewed back in 2014 for Warrior Week, I had another story. It’s being told today. The WWE network was showcasing many of the Ultimate Warrior’s matches and promos after his passing. She related how early in his career, he lived briefly with the McMahons. She mentioned Warrior showing her brother Shane some wrestling moves in their living room and became afraid he’d get hurt. I totally connected this to my brother. Shane and Stephanie are six years apart, my brother and I are one. He’s older~~ we are almost twins.
Right away, I remembered how it was for me. My brother had a best friend next door and his older brother wrestled in high school. So, this once scrawny kid had bulked up wanting to use his brother and mine to practice moves on in the yard. Well, my bro’s friend was very large for his age and despite the lack of muscle, could probably have taken on his older muscular brother. It was mine that I worried about. My brother was very skinny and had no idea about some “real” wrestling moves! I too was afraid he’d get hurt. Probably in a different way of course than Steph but am sure neither situation had a mat! 🤼♀️
That little memory led my mind to thinking the “what if…” game. This part is gonna “out me” a little where I will be making fun of myself somewhat. If we can’t do that, our skin is too thin! Consider this post a break from some of the serious ones of late 😬😉 Most might know I was a teen when U.W. appeared on my T.V. Most might also know after a bit, my physical feelings kinda– well, blasted off like a 🚀! We’ve all been there right? Who’s with me?
Anyways, I can just picture us being the McMahons with Warrior living at our house. As much as part of me would’ve LOVED that, the other part would be saying: “OMG,” while trying to hide somewhere! (Think Janice from the TV show “Friends.” ) My brother would totally have tons of fun at my expense. Picture this… We’re all having dinner together and he “arranges” for Warrior to sit next to me. Then, Warrior would only talk to me and ask all these questions while I’d blush and glare at my brother who looked so innocent… Maybe Warrior would’ve not gone along with this sneaky plan but knowing his humor, just once I bet he would!
They would possibly also practice wrestling moves in the living room as I’d watch from a distance. Warrior might’ve asked if I wanted to learn. Um, girls didn’t do that back then. Not really anyway. If my brother told him anything, he’d get punched later! How about just learning a bear hug? Another OMG moment as no way could I possibly do that!!! I thought of another idea for a three count BUT these two are enough to show our silly sibling relationship with such shenanigans. We have certainly evolved since then. My brother and I plus Warrior and I. Us sibs can still joke and laugh when we want even as adults.
I do hope Warrior enjoyed these past few weeks of me recreating my past what ifs to the McMahon Family. I can just hear him laughing even now as he knows my stories. So glad too to know how close Shane and Stephanie have always been. Can you fans just imagine all those wrestlers in and out of their home growing up? What a childhood! If you don’t have that sibling, perhaps there was someone along the way who you had or have shenanigans with. I am so grateful to have had mine. 💙 “OMG!”
P.S. Don’t worry- I played tricks on big bro too so sometimes I’d be the instigator!!
P.P.S. When my brother would be singing Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” theme, I’d do the Ultimate Warrior theme music even LOUDER! 💪🏻⚡️