Yes, I know you see yet again the Ultimate Warrior and “Macho Man” Randy Savage in that pic above. It seems like I use them a lot on here but really, it’s not on purpose! That WWE SummerSlam match of ’92 in London fits perfectly for today’s post. For all you fans- no, not just because Mr. Perfect was part of it!!
Do you do favors for friends? Do you expect something in return? Well, we all do things for others and it usually goes a little like this: “Just do this one favor for me and I’ll owe ya!” Or maybe: “This is the last time I’ll ask you for anything, I promise!” We’ve all been there I’m certain. It’s the old you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours story. It’s all good but we just shouldn’t make a habit out of it too often.
Let’s get back to those two limping guys above. For anyone unfamiliar, that match was all about mind games. Neither “trusted” the other and thought there was a pay-off. In the end, both had one another’s back and knew they were being played. Randy and Warrior did a favor for the other without expectations. Seriously, though without any bias- it’s a very dramatic and entertaining match and they played their parts extremely well.
Another fun story with Warrior and Randy was one he related on a video. After a long possible late night match, the adrenaline rush would still be there. Warrior would go work-out to “wind down” and wanted Randy to tag along. Randy just really wanted to go back to the hotel and sleep. Warrior convinced him probably promising lots of coffee to keep Randy awake. ☕️😳Another friend favor with no strings attached as Randy obliged.
When the Ultimate Warrior began his feuds with Andre the Giant, he slammed him in arenas all over the country. Warrior has said how he and Andre were friends and they truly respected each other. There are many stories of course but one I love is told in the book “A Life Lived Forever.” As a thank you to Andre, Warrior would go to the best liquor stores and get his favorite wine. Andre loved his wine and Warrior knew this. 🍷No, he didn’t get the wine first so Andre would “put him over.” It was a gesture from one friend to another as an offer of thanks.
Have you had stories similar? Taken a friend to lunch? Driving someone to an appointment? For me, I would and still donate clothes, toys, shoes, and other extras to centers. Sometimes, I even just gave items away without expecting money. I’ve sold some stuff before but I truly just wanted to help others. O.K., we all want and need to de-clutter but I actually had friends who needed baby gear, books, or my kids outgrown things. They were going to a good home and I’d never ask for money even though I could have. It’s all about your intention but sometimes we forget this. Let’s not let that happen.
Never hold it over someone’s head how you did or gave something and they should repay that act. It is nice to have reciprocation but we shouldn’t just be nice to get nice. Friendship is a two-way street and neither one should be taken for granted.
It is of course very different when dealing with professional work situations versus our everyday home life. Those matches of WWE and all of sports entertainment with wrestling are scripted of course with regards to let’s say- favors for friends and the outcome. Vince McMahon had all those ideas then but now there are teams of writers scripting who are “friends” and who are not. Fake friends can become real friends.
The great thing with Warrior and Randy is that they became real friends despite their storylines. Many favors am sure went back and forth before true respect came but our emotions can slam those professional ideas at times. This can happen to all of us in every situation depending on our friends and their expectations.
You can do those favors for friends but again, always remember your intent and your reasons. It’s like doing activities for free during a time but then wanting to get paid. Maybe once we gain better relationships, our abundance can prosper. The Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man proved their favors be being true friends. I sure hope we can all say the same. Let’s follow the script of our own life without a match being written for us. 👏🏻😉
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