Ultimate Warrior Podcast

Hey fans! Check out my interview with Kee on Sports and my friend Vince McKee. I have know him on and off for years now and we finally made this happen (:

We talk about my book Spirit and Belief, intuition, and of course Warrior! Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/KkFp2dOvso

*** Please give it a listen and share with anyone interested! You can find it on my Twitter page or Kee on Sports, the Ultimate Warrior Facebook group and on their YouTube channel. Still have to upload it to mine but I hope you enjoy..

*** I’ll be back next Wed. for another great post! Always believe!!! πŸ’™πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺ🏻

Oh, he asked me 6 questions, go figure!! 🀣That number again..,

What’s Your Weakness?

That’s a bold question, isn’t it warriors? We all do have weaknesses but I bet you have ONE that’s probably your main event. Others may see a trait in you that could be a weakness but to you, it’s a strength. O.K., of course we need to bring Warrior in on this topic for sure. According to many, his most perceived weakness would be stubbornness which I’ve mentioned before but his opinionated nature wins the match. His stubbornness made him succeed which a previous post of a few months ago was all about. His opinions though were many which others would disagree with often. He would say those opinions made him better, not weaker. What would he list on his own as a huge weakness? Hmmm. Those who knew him best might have that answer. Possibly perfectionism is a guess of mine.

I thought of a few more for me and that perfectionism thing is a strong one for my personality too. Others may agree but perhaps my introverted nature could be their answer. I would’ve said yes to that years ago but not so much anymore. My introverted girl has learned to turn that aspect into a positive so a negative weakness becomes a strength. You can do that too. We all have areas to work on and some may never change but you can improve them somewhat in situations.

What I mean is this. I’ll use myself as an example. So, if my biggest weakness is perfectionism I won’t ever do the opposite of that but can ease up just a little. By compromising, you are showing your flexibility with anything that happens. No, not everything is gonna be perfect all the time and as I write this, it’s been a CRAZY few days!

Would you be willing to look at your weaknesses and tweak them? You’re not sacrificing your integrity at all but just evolving some. It can be tough depending on what traits are yours but we need to try. After all, we shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves. Yes, I know Warrior was extreme with how he handled many things in his life but we don’t need to approach circumstances the same way. Sometimes though, we do feel the need to express ourselves despite any potential outcome. I know all of you are aware of a few weaknesses you inhabit and many have remained with you your entire life. It all depends on if you feel the need to reverse them, eliminate them, or just change them slightly.

How about something like honesty? Let’s say you frequently lie about stuff or embellish the truth at times. Can you completely switch that to being honest πŸ’―% of the time? For most of us, the answer is probably a no. We still will tell those little white lies or maybe exaggerate to make someone else happy. Many said how Warrior was too honest and even though that sounds like a great thing, we actually don’t want that. Kids too are brutally honest about everything. It can be a negative physical description of someone which they would need to be taught better or it can be about their feelings. Is that a weakness? Well, with kids it’s different but let’s hope as adults they don’t grow up with those same attitudes.

We all have weaknesses because we’re human but it’s all in how we use them that matters. Just recognize what they are and become aware of how it makes you YOU. They may be ones you can’t change but maybe you never wanted to anyway. Whatever they are, make them work into a positive if you can. We shouldn’t totally eradicate our weaknesses to the point that we aren’t truly ourselves anymore. Warrior didn’t compromise much on his weaknesses however as a Dad, he bent them just a little. He didn’t totally abandon those possible negative attributes but used them perhaps in a different way. We all can have that tough image if we want but then have that softer side too. We need both to balance the strength and the weakness of being alive.

Whatever weaknesses or “bad” things people may claim you have, own them because that’s who we are. Nobody is perfect, honest, strong, and right all the time. We aren’t procrastinators, liars, weak, and wrong all the time either. It’s o.k. to admit when we make mistakes because we get so many chances to always try again. You can adopt a no nonsense style like Warrior if it works for you but most of us don’t. We may admire that in him because it worked but it may not for us.

We can ask for help and should when it’s truly needed. That also doesn’t make us weak since we learn all the time like I’ve said before. If today doesn’t work out, make tomorrow better. Make that weakness something to improve upon or just accept. The choice is up to you. We are all warriors fighting for our own balance everyday but don’t condone all the parts of you. Everyday is a new chance to change so take it with no regrets. That’s the true Warrior way… πŸ’™πŸ’ͺ🏻

www.spiritandbelief.com ~ I forgot my website last week, that’s a first! You will find book info on here about Warrior who inspired my spiritual gifts to come out more. It’s filled with short stories about my family, wrestling, psychic terms, and other cool stuff! You can find it on Amazon and other outlets… πŸ“— I also write a more spiritual in depth blog so check that out if interested…

~~~ I am also on some U.W. Fb groups, Twitter, and YouTube (:

The Two Anniversaries πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Oh my warriors… We have come to another year of these writings as I celebrate two anniversaries. This blog was officially started 5 years ago on the 4th and my book Spirit and Belief will be 4 years old tomorrow on the 7th. I say officially for the blog since June of 2016 was when my warrior writings really started that summer in my hammock. No stats this time but I do enjoy sharing with all of you as the interest seems to keep growing. Thank you readers but especially those who were or are still fans of the Ultimate Warrior or even Warrior. Thank you also to those fans of spiritual gifts because there are still topics some feel too judged to share. I understand, believe me. Despite some detailed and emotional posts, I don’t divulge everything. Just like Warrior, we need a few things to be a mystery.

A few years back, I had posted how Mattigan Warrior ( his youngest) being 17 then was the same age I was when watching her Daddy win WMVI. I was going on 18 but still… My daughter is 15 going on 16 and that was when the Ultimate Warrior first appeared on my T.V. Never had I seen him perform as any other character except as U.W. in Nov. 1987. What a journey it has become minus some missing years in between. That was another post.

I am in awe really when I think back on all this. Sure, I still have some books in my attic that I never could sell but it was a lesson learned. Just knowing that book plus this blog have gone all over the world to many countries warms my heart. Thank you to those who have kept coming back week after week to read, maybe laugh a little, maybe cry, or just reflect on your own life along with Warrior’s. It’s like those wrestling fans who keep supporting their favorites in any way they can. You are my fans so I give you ultimate thanks. Feel free to leave me feedback on the book if you have read it, I’d so appreciate it! πŸ˜‰πŸ“—

Sometimes I actually do get writer’s block which I never use to. I try to connect a photo or video with a post but that isn’t always the case. What I do with most is to either share personal stories which is my favorite way or to share Warrior’s ideas that always aren’t wrestling related. I do hope over the years you have found inspiration or even just compassion in some way. Believe it or not, I also go back and read a few because of nostalgia or even to get motivated myself. If you are new, oh boy you have some catching up to do or should I say running?! Just kidding newbies. Read at your own risk or connect with me. I’ll do my best to answer questions although some topics might be off limits for me. There always seems to be more stories to tell though.

An interesting note to add is about that shirt you see in the photo. Back then, I wanted an authentic t-shirt from the U.W. website. Before all the gear got brought to the WWE shop, I bought from ultimatewarrior.com. Never did I find a pink tank but I love this one and still wear it sometimes during a workout. You’ll find me in a YouTube video with it on and I believe a photo for one of these previous posts. The funny part is when ordering the shirt, I never noticed his image on the back. Guess I just saw the front with being warrior girl and that was enough for me. When it came, I was surprised thinking I might not have gotten it with the back printed. I KNOW that does not sound like a true fan but for lack of a better word- I always say it’s “different” for me. He’s got my back though and I love it.

It’s like getting my Warrior logo tattoo. Never would I get his face or body inked on mine. I know guys do and maybe some girls do but not sure how that would go over with my hubby. 😳😬Despite that, I couldn’t do it anyway. My stuff can be external like these stories but most are internal and emotional so it’s too overwhelming. You fans can do what you want though! Some tattoos really do capture his likeness and I am truly amazed at such creative artistry.

There, I hope you giggled at all that. Another bittersweet story concerns the book. Four years ago before I had sent it out to be published, it was Labor Day weekend here in the U.S. We were covering our pool and this monarch butterfly kept hovering by where I was. I did snap a pic as one had not stayed that long around me ever. Once a blue one came close when I was writing and that has been blogged. I always get sad as summer ends but that butterfly was so beautiful to watch. Later that day, I asked my husband to help a little with emailing the rough draft out. I had been thinking of asking him but was procrastinating. That butterfly gave me courage to go for it and they remain a great symbol to me today. Metamorphosis, change, growth, and beauty are what this process was to me. Every year now I remember that spot where the butterfly was and having the warrior spirit to make my book known to the world. They are still around but not like that afternoon.

Well warriors, “there’s your fix for now” which is from the man himself. I will continue writing as long as I see fit to do so. Whatever comes my way, I will go with the flow. That expression is everywhere for me lately and I have written all about it on my other blog. Am even reading a book about it now. Whatever milestones you encounter, celebrate them how you see fit. Channel that inner warrior spirit to keep going with what you love. I thank Warrior most of all for his continuous belief in me despite any outside naysayers. From my warrior writings to Spirit and Belief, my ultimate thanks because I will Always Believe! πŸ’«

~~~~~ Kathy~~~~~

www.spiritandbelief.com

~~~ Check out my site for book info on how Warrior’s energy inspired my spiritual gifts to open up more! Plus, I also write a more in depth blog on spirituality, there’s book reviews, and other stuff (: I am also on some fb U.W. groups, Twitter, and YouTube.

*** Have an ultimate day warriors! *** πŸ’ͺ🏻

The Rebel Warrior πŸ˜¬

With it being a few days before my birthday, I thought to kinda put myself on the spot with some other past celebs I followed. No need to list all those guys I “liked” starting at age 10 but a few come to mind. Yes, there were others besides Warrior after all but I would notice a pattern and how some were sorta rebels. Not all but a few. One of them was the OTHER Andre in a different sport and not quite a giant. Andre Agassi was a former pro tennis player and I watched him for years. Over time I felt that some advice to give a future daughter of mine would be to NOT follow or like a pro athlete! Well, we can’t necessarily choose but emotionally, it’s the most challenging compared to a T.V. star, (on a sitcom or drama) movie star, or even those rock musicians. At least that’s how I feel about it all.

Being introverted meant a part of me craved those rebellious guys who maybe had long hair, broke the rules, didn’t conform, and all that. Andre was like that which was similar to Warrior and even had colorful gear. They were opposite me most of the time except for the long hair! Always very different though and that was something I could identify with. O.K., physically I liked them for various reasons but there was more to whatever character they played which interested me. I could see beyond that. They may have seemed tough and crazy but I knew underneath there was someone else.

Often times I’d ask myself: “Kathy, why do you like these guys when they don’t seem like who you’d probably go for?” I did question that often although my brain gave my heart a break one time from that rebel type. Besides two, (one being Andre A.) most also were much older than me so with friends, no way did I share much. Once at a sleepover, I did privately and my good friend understood. My husband is 11 years older than me so another pattern repeating. He’s no rebel though. In high school, I probably didn’t know one girl who either liked Jon Bon Jovi or Bret Michaels of Poison. They were the guys back then. I always just thought I needed that rebel because I wasn’t one. Well, I AM but in another way. Now, I know more and it isn’t just that reason. The REAL reason is because by watching them, they gave me permission to know it was o.k. to be yourself without apologizing to anyone. They were true to themselves and were confident in that despite others objections.

Little by little, I learned why I became attracted to more than just their looks or talent. It was those guys or even their performer selves being genuine that transformed me to recognize my genuineness too. Maybe breaking rules does have consequences but they were willing to take risks which I needed to do more. It wasn’t just that side but the softer aspects too that made me melt. I knew they had those big hearts that would be shown on occasion. I’m a sucker for that, still am. I needed those rebel guys to teach me not just to be different but that it needed to be respected because you were. It wasn’t just the “good girl” liking a “bad guy.” They really weren’t that at all.

Am sure there are those of you who have liked or followed the famous for years so why do you? Did you in your younger teen years as well? Some stay in our thoughts longer or disappear for a bit only to resurface in another way. It’s so different now with the internet and other forms of social media. Back then, we bought magazines and hung up posters in our rooms. Most may know I never did that with Warrior, the posters that is. A little more is in my book Spirit and Belief. Kids today seem to flock to those celebs at much younger ages too. I thought I was young at 10 and felt very intimidated. No regrets about not sharing much in those days. Some girls got teased sometimes if it wasn’t that “acceptable” person which some of mine were not. I would like a few that my friends did but not too often.

I hope none of you regret who you liked back then and maybe a part of you still does. πŸ˜‰For this list, they’re good guys in my book but Warrior is in that rebel category all by himself. It doesn’t matter if it’s T.V., the movies, music, sports, or anything else. They are yours to like but just be prepared if those emotions take over sometimes. My kids don’t share this part of their lives with me but if they ever do, Mama knows… Mama knows… If it lasts, there’s a reason and my rebel Warrior has always been there in some way. I thank all the other guys too for teaching me to be ME!

P. S. I WILL be watching WMVI around my bday of course! That became a pattern too… πŸ’™πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻

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*** Check out my site for book info on how Warrior’s energy inspired me! It’s filled with humor, some psychic traits, family stuff, and more. I also write a more spiritual blog so head on over if interested. You can find me too on Twitter and YouTube (: I recently posted a video of one of my favorite stories from the book… Warrior validation for sure… πŸ™πŸ»πŸ₯°

Until We Meet Again πŸ’™πŸŽΌ

If you watch the end of the “Ultimate Collection DVD,” you’ll hear Warrior’s words of “until we meet again…” Oh man, did that get me teary back then as he looks directly into the camera. From his perspective, that meant possible projects he’d be working on as ambassador with the WWE or even his social media outlets. We can “meet” Warrior again every time we play the DVD’s, look at photos, or see him in all the ways available now. This takes me to yet another nostalgic time with my senior year of high school. Yes, I’ve mentioned that year on here plenty ( the BEST in April ’90!) but my son is a senior this year.

Until We Meet Again are some of the lyrics to the Irish blessing which I know all too well. Wish I could sing it for you but I’ll post the words at the end. 🎀So, flashback with me to 1987. If you weren’t around then, just follow along… This was my sophomore year and first in choir. It was graduation and the choir always sang the Irish blessing at our school. For 2 years, I was there singing for the other girls and then it was my turn to sorta sing it for myself and of course fellow classmates. It felt different, new, and yet familiar. It’s like when you see others on the sidelines. You might be participating but in an indirect way or maybe even just watching. Here are my versions:

~ a bridesmaid finally became the bride.

~a teacher of young kids finally became the parent.

~ remembering my senior year which is now my oldest’s.

For Warrior, he got into fitness which became bodybuilding, he got into wrestling which became the championships, ( plus more) and then he retired which became his family life. Until we meet again at one point in time which then led into another. To hear Warrior say those words at the end of the DVD made me remember another connection moment with that Irish blessing song. Shortly after I had watched the entire thing, that music with those lyrics followed me somewhere else.

I had attended a church service with my Mom feeling very out of it and still in shock because of Warrior’s passing. My Mom had asked if I was o.k. and I actually told her no. I didn’t need to say I was “fine” and she didn’t need to know the real reason. Then, the recessional hymn played and yep, it was the Irish blessing. What are the odds? Needless to say, I almost started the waterworks and had to grab hold of the pew. I was just tired Mom and said how I thought of this song with all those graduations years ago. Yeah, that worked and was kinda true.

Until We Meet Again was there a few days later and once more with those memories, much too soon. Every time I would hear “Pomp and Circumstance” at those graduations also, it would be thoughts of “Macho Man” Randy Savage in my head. Now, I get to hear it next Spring while watching my son receive his diploma. Despite all that emotion, am sure they’ll be a little bit of Randy there too until we meet again.

Have you ever found yourself in any situation where it’s similar to until we meet again or perhaps that other saying of time will tell? I bet you have. In fact, we are all part of that everyday of our lives here. Always evolving, moving, and growing into the next phase with ourselves and those we love. It may seem off in the distance until you blink and find yourself finally there. Just being a parent for me identifies this as being true. Even if you aren’t one, think of those moments where your aspirations happened perhaps many years later. It’s just like the story of being on our honeymoon standing with my coffee ice cream by Mt. Pocono looking down at the water park. I knew that would be a great place to take our future kids someday and 12 years later, we did. Until we meet again made manifest. That year was 2014 by the way… The real Poconos story is in my book Spirit and Belief.

Warrior’s career went by so fast, he didn’t truly have time to reflect on its significance until later on in his life. When he finally could interact with fans in a better way, it meant more. Those people who may have met him decades prior could see Warrior differently and never would’ve known they’d meet again after his time in the ring. So, until WE meet again here next week, I hope you treasure not only Ultimate Warrior memories but all of your OWN. The years are fleeting and as my Senior prepares to graduate next year, we will meet again as I recall my “Pomp and Circumstance” days and the words of the Irish Blessing:

~May the road rise up to meet you

~May the wind be always at your back

~May the sun shine warm upon your face

~And the rain fall soft upon your fields

~Until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

*** Until we meet again Warrior, I will always believe. πŸ’–πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

P.S. Yes, I was singing it too! Another 3 count of the DVD, song, and high school…

P.P.S. While driving to see my Energy Healer last week, I was behind this car with the words “Walsh Jesuits” around the license plate. That is a local high school over here. Underneath it said: “Go Warriors.” Must be their team name! Also, that car turned down Reagan Parkway and Warrior happened to love our former President Ronald Reagan (:

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*** Find me here for a more in-depth spiritual blog, book info on that guy above and how he guided me to trust my intuitive abilities more. It’s loaded with humor, some psychic gifts, traits, and other goodies! You can find it on Amazon and other outlets. I am also on Twitter and YouTube.

*** One more thing— I recently just made a new video and shared one of my favorite stories from the book. Check it out:

https://youtu.be/YjgwxdEbo8M

The Mysterious “Warrior” Batteries πŸ”‹πŸ”‹(:

Shoot Those FireworksπŸŽ‡

***I usually put these kind of things as a PS at the end but this happened earlier and have to share! While at the vet with my dog awaiting her laser therapy, we saw a big boxer waiting by the desk. When it was finally his turn, the owner turned to the receptionist and said : “This is Dingo.” Well, had to smile at that and it’s a Wednesday… πŸ’™πŸΎπŸ˜‰

I just love fireworks, don’t you? Maybe you all don’t but it’s one of my favorite things about summer here in the U.S. People shoot them off on July 4th but basically where I live, it’s more like for the whole week. I also love when the baseball team wins and that Friday night is all about πŸ’₯πŸŽ†πŸ§¨. Those celebrations are worthy of fireworks just like that Ultimate Warrior pic you see. His logo all lit up- love that too. WWE used them for his WMVI match, WMXII match, and this one was part of “King of the Ring” against Jerry Lawler. I know WWE went all out with pyrotechnics as the years went on plus many other stunts. It makes it all so very exciting!

What about other times though? I remember we’d keep some of our fireworks and shoot them off later in the summer or beyond. Oh no! The 4th is long over and we might get in trouble. The rule breakers are at it again! We’re disturbing the peace, right? We should be able to celebrate little things too and not just a party, celebration, or big win. We need to do things because we like to and not just what’s socially acceptable. It doesn’t have to be about those light displays either. People have a dining room just for special occasions, guest towels that rarely get used, and china in a cabinet collecting dust. I’m not against any of those items but if you haven’t already guessed, nope- I don’t have them.

Some things are great for show but not for practicality. I have a built in hutch but it’s used for family memories, photos, candles, and things similar. We need to use our stuff now without always waiting for that “perfect” or right time. My maternal Grandmother was also my godmother. She gave me her silver when I was 20 years old. I said:” Grandma, don’t you want to give this to some of your older granddaughters who are married and have a family?” She says:“No, you’re my goddaughter and I want you to have it now. You’ll use it one day.” I knew not to argue with her.

It sat in my childhood attic for years and then my house now. Finally, one day I decided to get it out. Why I thought of this, no idea. Guess I wanted a project or my intuition spoke up. I am so grateful I got it out a few years before she passed. Our silverware didn’t match at all so that was another issue. I bought some polish and it looked brand new. It became our new “regular” silverware without it being special. Maybe Grandma wanted me to use it for “special” occasions but there aren’t many of those times. She was right though. I would use it someday and am still. Silver is something that is handed down but will become obsolete in this day and age. I thank my Grandma for her gift which meant more to me than some forks, knives, and spoons.

Let’s shoot those fireworks, use that china, dry off with those towels, and get out the good silver if you have it. Stop waiting for something big to happen or someone to show up. You can show up for yourself and do those things now. Yes, being in pro wrestling means putting on a show for entertainment so sometimes fireworks or any kind of display will work to pop a crowd.

We had a dining room table growing up and never ate in there unless my Grandparents visited. Our family of eventually 6 had to crowd around our small kitchen table for dinner. The dining room was “reserved” and my Mom never changed that, not once. We are too programmed generationally to just accept what is the norm until we are the adults in charge. I understand being raised a certain way but guess what warriors? It’s o.k. to change and break away from all those specific traditions. I have a chapter all about this in my book Spirit and Belief but am sure if you are an Ultimate Warrior fan, you know exactly what I mean.

I hope you all can connect to any of these big moments in life that can also be celebrated as little ones. Most people maybe “officially” recognize a milestone birthday or anniversary and just gloss over every other one. We need to celebrate them ALL no matter the age. We are worth it warriors. I know Warrior himself didn’t have that much growing up and with Dana, they celebrated lots of stuff. Life goes by so fast to not revel in all the good coming our way. You don’t need a big fireworks display but just your own time of being here and enjoying your moments. Don’t have those regrets of never doing something because the people before you didn’t or that an object is for a later use.

I will forever love seeing any fireworks show I can get my hands on from the parking lot of a mall when I was a kid, to a local park, our own backyard, neighborhood shows, ballgames, and anywhere else. It always makes me wonder in such amazement despite the noise that intimidates some. *** Just thought of Warrior on that sentence.*** I also will forever never be just a person of “show” all the time. It’s nice for some things but for the most part, I like to use it all.

Get the stuff messy, dirty, or worn out. It means you loved it and really made it part of your life. Whatever your “specials” are, don’t wait to use them. The day will come when you’ll realize you should’ve shot those fireworks off later in the season, ate at that dining room table more, or even used those guest towels. My Grandma had her silver and you will have what’s yours. Make every day a special one. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈβ£οΈ

P.S. ( yep, as usual!) I STILL love the song “Firework” by Katy Perry. It’s been mentioned before on here. Listen to the lyrics, you’ll get it. Goosebumps on this Warrior girl!!!

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Wrestling Theme Music Stories πŸ€£πŸŽΌπŸ‘‘πŸͺ†

I am back to bringing you a funny post warriors as these few stories certainly made me chuckle. We could all use a good laugh or two despite the “seriousness” of life sometimes. I’ve already shared my story about the Ultimate Warrior’s music of “Unstable” and all those pianos but these few belong to other Superstars. Hmmm… do I go way back or start with something recent? I’ll stick to the present first.

If any of you readers read “My Warrior Therapy,” you’ll recall a story I shared about my wonderful physical therapist. He was sent from the gods to me and am so grateful for his work. One day as I was walking down the long corridor to his office, I heard music playing. He usually has a playlist going and for some reason, I knew this song. It was the King’s entrance music! Take your pick– Harley Race or Jerry Lawler. Finally, I looked up the title. It’s called: “The Great Gate of Kiev.” I never knew that. I wanted to say: “Well, that’s certainly one Royal greeting!” but I didn’t. I only laughed to myself picturing both guys the Ultimate Warrior wrestled at different times during his career. FYI- that music is LONG! I probably heard it in its entirety.

We always chat for a bit first before therapy would begin as this music went on and on. It took so much for me to not laugh while lying on my stomach across the table. We need to learn something new and that day, it was hearing the King’s music. 🀴🏻🀴🏻Listening to all of it made me finally find out the title. I laughed all the way home. I don’t need to see my therapist anymore (although ya never know) but will miss our spirited conversations. Great guy, great day.

The second wrestling theme music concerns a beautiful wooden music box given to my daughter as a baby. My brother-in-law used to travel globally and would always have gifts for both kids when we’d see him. My son got a spaceship (or should I say rocket ship?!) music box that opened and he could see all the astronauts inside. We all loved this and it was so cool. Well, my baby girl’s has Matryoshka dolls on the inside. Most probably know that is Russian. The dolls spin around when you wind it up and it plays the Russian National Anthem. My BIL went there a lot. It also has pink roses all over it. I think I always loved it more than her. Did I remember or connect this to let’s say Nikolai Volkoff at the time? Nope, not at all. Too far back in my memory then.

I would wind it after nap time as she’d stand up in her crib, point at them high on a shelf and say: “Mommy, dollies?” She’d move her little head from side to side and click her tongue like the music. It was the cutest thing ever and this continued for quite a while with her. I loved our routine and of course the pink doll is my favorite. It now sits in my hutch far away from her room that used to contain little girl stuff. She’s 15 now. I will always have that memory and it wasn’t until more recently how I finally connected the music! Oh, the laughs that came out of me. πŸ˜†The Ultimate Warrior did wrestle Nikolai too as I always remembered he could never sing the whole song before getting beat up by his opponent. I know there were other Russian wrestlers but N.V. was at the top. Nikolai was really Yugoslavian so I wonder how long it took him to memorize that song about “Mother Russia?” πŸ€” I still wind the music box sometimes nostalgically humming along and saying: “Mommy, dollies?”

I was kinda hoping for a three count with these stories but today as Jesse Ventura had said during WMVI: “it’s just a two!” Hopefully, I brought you all some laughs as well but am sure you have your funny connectors or stories too.

Everyone has those iconic things that define us and for the wrestlers, it was their theme music. We all knew who was coming out when their music or song started. It’s the same today. I always thought some were so creative as it seemed to capture their personality or gimmick- despite an anthem. Even though the singing ones weren’t necessarily my favorite, I gotta always give them credit for doing that. It became so synonymous with a character for years and you’d never forget it. I bet you all have your favorites too. Of course I’m biased ( can you guess?) but some would really get me all excited just to hear a few notes. We know many that used a traditional song but some were created originally like “Unstable.” It’s perhaps not as original today like it was of that era but as long as it works and fans relate, that’s what matters.

From “The Great Gate of Kiev” to the Russian National Anthem, I will always remember those themes for specific times in my life very fondly. It doesn’t matter if it’s a therapist’s office or my girl’s bedroom, I’ll take it all. I finally did record myself playing “Unstable” on my daughter’s keyboard. Can’t believe I screwed it up at the end, ugh! Once again though, it also will never be forgotten. I taught myself those three piano notes as a teen and can still play it today. I know some of you are either singing those songs or playing them in your head right now, aren’t ya? I’m right there with you. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈ

P.S. Peter Pallis who know Warrior really well in his later life after wrestling just was interviewed on Hannibal TV. He shares personal stories never told before that are new! Check it out fans!!!

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Warrior Birthday Quotes πŸ’™πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻

“If you remember anything of me after I leave this world, remember that I loved even when it was foolish. That I cared even when it was unwanted. When my body is gone, remember my heart.”

~~~www.tinybuddha.com

I know this is more appropriate on his passing anniversary but it still fits…

I told you all there was ONE more date that lined up this year on my Wednesday blog day and it is Warrior’s birthday. I looked ahead a while back and now it has come. As always, I know his warrior girls and those closest to him will honor and remember in their own way. For this post, I didn’t want it all to be about his birthday so decided to use some quotes I found. A few years ago, I posted several of Warrior’s famous quotes ( in and out of character) but now it’s time to share some I believe connect to him, his beliefs, and US to always believe in ourselves. My spiritual cousin seems to send me the BEST inspiring quotes just when I need them the most. Hers all have a certain word in them. πŸ˜‰More on those in a bit…

Here’s one I posted on the U.W. Facebook page:

“If you are silent about your beliefs because you are worried someone will be offended, then your beliefs are not that important to you, but rather what people think about you is. What people see about you will speak more loudly than how people feel about you because in the end, when we stand up for what is right and true, we will have many who hate us or love us, but all will know what we are fighting for.”

~~~ T.B. LaBerge~~~

***Isn’t this Warrior? I thought of him when I first read it and am sure he’d agree. ***

These next ones were written from a woman’s perspective but you guys- feel free to sub any words of she and her with he and him. Also, you can sub queen for king. My cousin knows how to pick ‘um, that’s for sure. We are “soul sisters” and are in sync with each other. I am so grateful for her on this journey. She has been mentioned here as the widow who lost her husband young, remarried, and her boys were “real” wrestlers. Yep, that’s her. I hope you find some encouraging as I do. They brought me tears but gave me hope as well. Some of it I believe applies to Dana as she is our warrior queen. πŸ‘‘

“She’s done looking back, questioning herself and dwelling on her mistakes. She’s rising like the dawn of a new day, brighter, stronger, and more powerful than she’s ever been. She’s more than a survivor, she’s a warrior queen with a fiery spirit and a strong heart. No longer will she allow others to take advantage of her and she’s turning the page on a new chapter today. She’s casting aside the pain of her often broken heart and she’s using that anguish as fuel for her to rise stronger from the ashes. Sure, she’s afraid, doesn’t have all the answers but she knows she doesn’t have to… The flames made her the warrior she is… her voice will be heard with resounding passion and conviction.”

~~~ Brooke Hampton~~~

Here’s more from Brooke:

“You’re right, I am more than a little weird and a bit awkward. No, I don’t fit in and most people don’t understand me. But at least I’m being real and I think the world needs more people who are brave enough to be real.”

~~~ Think I posted that also to the group but besides the awkward part, that is Warrior since being authentic mattered to him. It should matter to us too.

~~~ A few more:

“I’m slowly learning that life is better lived when you don’t center it on what’s happening around you and center it on what’s happening inside you instead.”

~~~ Rania Naim~~~

~~~ Yet another:

“You see your reflection in the mirror? Don’t be hard on it. Those eyes might look tired but they have pushed through, carried on. Those lines are of years lived and problems solved. That reflection is one of a brave soul. A warrior, a champion in this world, a healer, a giver, a lover, a sweet spirit. Instead of seeing the flaws, celebrate the good. You are strong, wonderful, and more than enough.”

~~~ Chloe Bell~~~

I will end with this:

” Your life becomes a masterpiece when you learn to master peace.”

*** Happy Birthday in parts unknown Warrior. Thank you for being that champion who never strayed from your beliefs, fought the naysayers that misunderstood you, had a brave heart, and learned to master peace near the end. I hope you celebrate in an ultimate way like only you can. I, like countless others who believed in you will always believe in myself. ~~~ 6/16/21. ~~~ Kathy

*** PHOTO CRED: Zach’s Underground Strength Gym, NJ***

P.S. While in the store last week, my total came to $16.00. The cashier said that was her first even number that day. Then, she asked what that was on my arm. I just said a tattoo. Nobody really notices my Warrior logo much anymore. She said it was cool… I didn’t put it all together until later.

It was a Wednesday when I blog Warrior writings, the total was 16, ( Warrior’s bday a week early) and her noticing my tattoo. Yes, I realize some may say it’s a “stretch” but not for me. I usually do get something around his bday and that was it. πŸ’™A three count too!

~~~ One more thing:

Steve Wilton ( Warrior’s former business manager) just appeared recently on “The Caiman Show” and discussed his relationship with Warrior, the HOF, his return to WWE, and more. Feel free to check it out here:

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Corners of the Ring πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈ

Before starting today’s post, those numbers keep coming my way. Here are the last two I noticed. Just recently, post number 222 was written. Guess I never paid that much attention to these triple digits much past 100. I just thought it was cool! That takes us to today as this was originally called: “Four Corners of the Ring.” That title was too long and the number four has been referenced a few times as it’s brought back yet again. I bet you fans already would know corners of the ring obviously means four.

I wanted to take a wrestling term and apply it to our lives but that’s kinda what I do on here much anyways. Well, it’s the perfect metaphor so I decided to run with it. Not like the Ultimate Warrior but am sure you get the idea, lol! The wrestlers have that squared circle of four corners but us “humanoids” as Bobby “The Brain” or “weasel” Heenan would say have our four corners too. Here’s my list and you can mix it up, overlap some, or add anything you wish.

1. Yourself ( personality, beliefs, hobbies, Spirit)

2. Family ( Home Life)

3. Work/ School ( financial livelihood, profession, career, business)

4. Friends (social activities, recreation)

Again, you can relate this to your own life personally but think I covered the basic areas.

As with both my blogs, one word that does seem to repeat is balance. That’s tough, isn’t it? We may never have all four totally balanced as one might suffer but we do the best because we’re warriors. You can also list them in any way of your choosing but do you agree with my list? Those wrestlers also had four corners of their lives that weren’t just four corners of the ring. Maybe one area would dominate but all four would still be there. Your ranking and actions decide on how the four corners work in your life. Most of us don’t have a wrestling ring to bounce off of but we certainly bounce around enough trying to balance those areas without ropes holding us up.

Which area(s) need improvement? All can be better but what is your strength or weakness? Maybe some days it’s different depending on your schedule. After all, we can’t do too much in a day that’s only 24 hours minus eating and sleeping. You might also have those days that feel like a wrestling ring as one keeps fighting off many opponents. Your worst opponent can also be yourself trying too hard getting it all done.

Warrior definitely had to balance his four corners that mentally felt like gorilla press slams at times. Of course during his entire career, number 2 on my list wasn’t much of a factor for him. Thankfully, he never had to balance that family life with a work life on the road.

Some may say he didn’t have much as far as number four goes but your list will never equate another’s and shouldn’t. Yours is yours and how you balance it is all up to you. For the most part, his four corners of opponents were primarily number 1 and 3. Yes, over time the others get involved but with wrestling as his number 3, he always put number 1 first. It can be misunderstood as being selfish but isn’t at all. His beliefs defined him in such a way that without them, he would never have a 2, 3, or 4. That’s exactly how it should be for us all which is why I ranked them in such an order.

We need to spend time on each corner of our rings and in each. Let’s not judge one another based on what each corner holds. You may have something in one of your corners that someone else doesn’t. They can form tag teams at times too. We need that extra help when we’re down. This doesn’t mean each should get less time to fully participate in your matches of life. We will never be exactly right on any as the scales may tip quite often. Use your time wisely as Warrior referenced often in his videos. Yes, it’s hard, it all is. Your response to them is what matters.

If one isn’t handled well, the others may fall apart too. It’s o.k. to not know the outcome. We aren’t handed a script like the wrestlers are but just show up and do the work to balance those four corners. So, warriors-what are your four corners of the ring and do they compare to mine? If you had 2 tag teams in a match, wouldn’t all 4 participants want a chance in that ring? Of course they would but not all will get the pin. You are the writer so you get to plan it all. Just make sure the winner isn’t for anyone else but you. The audience in wrestling may let their feelings known as to favorites but in your life, all is fair. Keep that balance of your four corners without getting disqualified. Life is many matches, let’s all be ultimate winners! πŸ’―πŸ’œ

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Looking Back on Gifts πŸŽ

Well, warriors- I finally did it! I posted a pic of the DVD and book together as today it’s about my memories of receiving both. Of course “The Ultimate Collection” DVD was released in 2014 and the book “A Life Lived Forever” in 2015. In typical ME fashion, I have a few stories to share upon finding each gift at my house. πŸ“—πŸ“€

Let’s start with the DVD since that was first. When Warrior had passed, I had seen clips of WWE’s “Warrior Week” and a pop up on the screen was of “The Ultimate Collection.” I had heard he was working on this and synchronistically (remember that?) it was coming out in April. My mind didn’t even want to focus on that since I was listening to these commentators sitting around a table discussing Warrior. I didn’t order then but within a day or so knew buying it was a must. Unlike collectors who may possibly get anything they can lay their hands on, I looked up reviews and found out pretty much what was included. The “Always Believe” DVD was similar but listening to his family at that time would have been way too emotional. I also didn’t want to hear others opinions and really, I just wanted Warrior’s words his way.

The DVD arrived on the last day of my kids Spring Break, that figures. At least it wasn’t a Saturday when my husband would check the mail. No way was I ready to explain this to him at all. After a few agonizing days of waiting, finally I had the house to myself. It actually was raining so even MORE time if I wanted since the dog wouldn’t get her walk. I get upset too if she doesn’t get her walk in but not that day!! I spent about 3 days on and off watching and for the first time in a while, I laughed! Big belly laughs came out of me as I texted my brother much about matches, interviews, and much more. He was very gracious to answer despite not on a lunch break, lol.,, So many flashbacks and so many new things too.

***SPOILER ALERT***

For those that don’t own one or both, you may want to skip these next few parts. I am doing a little bit of a spoiler alert here so read at your own risk!

I had forgotten about Lord Alfred Hayes, didn’t know Percival “Percy” Pringle III from the Dingo Warrior days was Paul Bearer later on, and had no idea “The Disciple” in WCW was none other than Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake! So much fun it was to reminisce…

Now, let’s move onto the book “A Life Lived Forever.” Once I heard about it’s release, I didn’t need to look up anything this time. Triple H had done a short video but I already knew it was coming my way. After arriving home from the grocery store one morning in April ( yes again) of 2015, there was a package on my front stoop. I knew it was the book. I didn’t even unpack hardly anything before opening it up. Good thing it wasn’t hot outside or my freezer stuff would’ve been melting! πŸ₯΅πŸ₯Ά

Here’s the interesting part. For some odd reason, I opened the book from back to front first. Why did I do that? Of course I had no idea ( SPOILER again) the personal letters from his warrior girls ended the book. That was more than enough to distract me from the stacked food on my kitchen table. I then immediately closed it as tears formed in my eyes. Am sure you know it became my reading material for the next few days. Some stories in there I knew but then there were those WOW and shocker moments for me.

I am so grateful to have both these gifts as they have inspired me in so many ultimate ways. I do hope more people can understand who Warrior genuinely was in spite of his difficult past. One of my favorite parts is when they ranked his greatest matches and most would think WMVI would be number 1. It isn’t. It’s number 2 behind WMVII. Sorry, spoiler again! I loved Warrior and Randy together and can really see why that was picked as number 1. I also am glad more is explained in detail about Warrior’s HOF induction as talks happened a few years prior than most think. We need the good, bad, AND great as it’s all in there. I never even saw Dana’s foreword until weeks later as the pages were stuck together! They also have an old wrestling license of Warrior’s as Jim Hellwig of course but when did he live in Oregon? Such great stuff and it definitely will stay with me for years. πŸ’™

So, warriors-there’s my stories of both the DVD and book. I can add many more but will leave it at this. Am sure any of you who own them have your memories of receiving and can share too. Not everyone will have reactions to collectibles or purchases but I am always ultimately humbled that I do! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’œπŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ€—

P.S. I forgot another number. Last week’s date was 4-21-21!

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