Shock Value Moments ðŸ

There’s a photo I thought to never use. Let me tell ya warriors, I had to pause that video so many times to get the shot. In my head, it was part of a shocking moment for me that involved the Ultimate Warrior and “Snake Man” Jake Roberts. You’ll never see the casket provided by the Undertaker but the snake pic I’ll use. Warrior’s career in the former WWF was very defined by many shock value moments thanks to Vince and his storylines. There were others outside the arena that happened too. Let’s stick to the scripted shows, shall we? Fans will always remember the casket, snakes, and even Papa Shango’s voodoo curse but what about other stuff?

Some may have been shocked seeing the Ultimate Warrior win the IC belt away from Honky Tonk Man or even taking the Heavyweight title from Hulk Hogan. Oh yes, T.V. or writers like to shock us fans and viewers, don’t they? I bet you can think of other wrestlers that gave us shocking stories, upsets, victories, and defeats. It could be a good character turning bad, someone betraying another, and anything else. It’s things we may even still talk about today.

Moving away from wrestling for a moment, how about other T.V. shows or the movies? A couple that stand out for me are “Roseanne” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” I was a huge fan of Roseanne and on the series finale, hearing that Dan had actually died many years prior at Darlene and David’s wedding shocked me. Roseanne had “written” it all up after that since she always wanted to be a writer. I am probably the only person to have never seen “Grey’s Anatomy” but still to this day many talk about Derek’s death or “McDreamy.” I remember being in the PTA years ago and our President would end the meeting earlier because of that show! Am sure you have your shows and their shockers but the movies or any type of media can do that to us as well. Sorry, I didn’t realize both of these involved the death of a character. 😧

I am not that girl to try and figure out a movie’s ending. My husband on the other hand talks and tries to reason it all out. I don’t want to listen when the “good” guy shoots someone else good! He was bad the whole time? I was shocked. Even books do that for me. I had been reading this one author for years and loved his stories of romance on the coast. Well, one book had an ending that shocked me so much, I decided to not read anymore of his. I know this sounds extreme but I wasn’t expecting that book to end the way it did. Yes, all of life can do that from time to time and should but it was my choice to pass his name by in the library. Has that ever happened to any of you readers out there?

With all these shock value moments, I am only referencing entertainment here folks so no personal details in your life which we all have. This also applies to Warrior and I think that had been covered enough lately. You’ll know if you’ve been around a bit. The shock stuff means someone will be stunned or surprised along the way. That someone may be an entire viewing audience or spectators. A good shock for me was when my very own Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title five years ago from the Golden State Warriors. Yep, that was pure shock in the BEST way and also told in my book Spirit and Belief. That other team’s name mattered to me in a different way and will forever be extra special.

Entertainment pulls us in and keeps us wanting more. I used to hate when a show would be continued and see that on the screen, ugh! Come on!!! WWF did that frequently and left us hanging knowing a match wouldn’t be over in five minutes when the show ended. We do like surprises but when they don’t go in our favor, shock sets in. Of course I was biased when it came to Warrior or even others (yes, it’s true) but our reactions are what they want from us plus ratings. It can be “fun” for some to recall all those moments where we were pulled into and then got the crap shocked out of us. I say fun loosely because I know for me how the casket especially will never make me laugh. I had said before that I was glad Warrior and Undertaker were friends and they had a good time but for a fan like me watching that- nope not ever.

I could list so many more shocking memories of mine and they are never forgotten. Warrior became unforgettable for his many moments over the years that’s for sure and you will have yours. We remember it all because of how it made us feel and then respond. My family still would tell the story of having a snake around my neck at age six. I have no memory of that at all but considering my dislike of snakes, shock value 101! I had mentioned this story on here years ago… We all have our stories of shock but let’s stick to just being entertained. Our real life will be waiting later.

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Silly or Serious? ðŸ˜œðŸ¤”

There’s a question for you warriors. If you have ever watched pro-wrestling, is it silly or serious? When I first started watching, I loved the silliness of it all way back when. Does anyone remember the Piledriver album and the music videos they did back in the 80’s? That was during the MTV craze and WWF just had to be part of it all. Like I’ve said before, the humor got to me first before any drama slammed its way into my life.

Warrior had made references to wrestling being both silly and serious. In the book “A Life Lived Forever,” he explained how his step-dad would watch at night. After arriving home late on the weekends with his buddies, the T.V. channel got changed when “Jim” came in the door. Warrior thought it was “goofy” as he wasn’t into it at all. On The Ultimate Collection DVD, he talks about the seriousness of wrestling as he approached his character. His quote: “It’s serious. It’s a serious thing to go out there and be a character for the WWE.” Some thought he was crazy for doing so much and taking it all very serious. Us fans know his attention to details made all the difference.

He also confessed on a documentary how sometimes he felt silly for putting on all the face paint, running, and shaking ropes. He was referencing his own character and not that of others with being silly. As intense as he was, the aspects of being Ultimate Warrior got to him at times which is how we all are. I bet you can think of some situations and find the silly and serious stuff to it. I sure hope so. It can be quite an ultimate challenge finding something funny in what is meant to be more intent. We need to sometimes.

From what I gather, there isn’t much silly in wrestling anymore as it has all become more serious mind games. That was a turn off for me but fans still love it all. Vince wanted his business of entertainment taken more seriously than it was in the past. Can you remember something in your life that was both? Let’s see. What would it be for me? Well, to use my development as an example is great here. When I first started opening my psychic intuition, I was very super serious about it. After all, communicating to parts unknown isn’t goofy. You know what? It can be and is! Just read many of my older posts and you’ll know what I mean. It just might take another person to point out a funny moment when you never even saw one. Most may know how humor is involved much with this blog.

There will always be those circumstances in life which are never silly and never will be. We know this. There will also be those experiences that start out one way and then turn into another. I do believe the Superstars back in the day took their job seriously enough but infused much silliness as well. Despite the dramatic storylines, they wanted us to laugh even when we didn’t want to. Just watch old promos or listen to the great commentators of that generation and you’ll get it.

Do you consider yourself more of a serious or silly person? This will interpret how you view your many external forces. I know we are a mix of both but of course it depends on the situation. My brother and I were very funny growing up as was my youngest sister. The other one, not so much. We evolve into different people with age and may look at an event another way. Then again, if something was silly it still will be- at least for me. The serious stuff is exactly the same although I can grin a little easier nowadays. I dunno– The Undertaker, snake bites, Papa Shango, etc. Oh boy! 😬

I always believe in the balance with all that we do. Most thought Warrior was too serious but there are plenty of funny stories about him out there told by many. We need yin and yang all the time warriors. There’s a time for serious and then there’s a time for silly. Just make sure your life has both with whatever comes your way. Our jokes may offend someone just as much as one’s seriousness may cause us to say:”Lighten up!”

When having an emotional or upsetting moment, I try thinking of something that will make me laugh. I’ve done this countless times over the years when reflecting on Warrior and my connection to him. I get a little outburst and then find myself too overwhelmed. It’s then that I think or even say something out loud that lightens the mood. Don’t wallow too long warriors, it’s good to smile and laugh. We NEED more of both.

Think also of other forms of entertainment you are drawn to. The movies, T.V., live shows, and all we watch have the serious and silly. I personally love both and never get just swayed with one. Our brains and heart crave so much and we need to feed it with variety. It’s what makes us human.

The next time you find yourself in a situation or watching some form of entertainment, try to find what’s serious and what’s silly about it. We need to laugh, cry, scream, and FEEL it all. Maybe wrestling still brings out all those emotions for you. It certainly did for me and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Warrior softened his opinions about wrestling over the years as time and age will do that. Let’s bring it all to the mat- the silly stuff and the serious. Even without being a fan of sports entertainment, you are still a fan of your life. Enjoy it all because as warriors, we need it ultimately! 💪🏻🙋🏻‍♀️🥰

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A+ for Acting ðŸ‘ðŸ»ðŸ’¯

I’ve mentioned many aspects in Warrior’s life that mirror mine such as writing, ( of course!) speaking, and reading so now we have acting. We all are actors everyday really just playing our roles in life where very few get to know the real us. You don’t need to be famous to be a performer. Awards are given to those that excel at the highest level of acting and even teachers give out those A+’s for well deserved work. I never did much acting or performing in school but one story does come to mind.

I was in 8th grade and as part of the new junior high program, 7th and 8th graders could chose a “special” class. I chose Drama. It really wasn’t my thing but the teacher in charge was a favorite of mine. I did rule out other choices but hey– we always need to stretch our comfort zones! My 1st role was as Mrs. Bucket who is Charlie’s Mom in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” That is one of my favorite childhood movies although Johnny Depp’s version isn’t bad. Who doesn’t love the Oompa Loompa’s?

I only had a few lines and forgot one… The boy who was Charlie covered for me in front of the whole school so thanks is given to that young man! Well, that was about it for me although other similar opportunities ensued.

During my junior and senior years of high school choir, we had to dance along with sing. NOT what I signed up for at all! The audience loved our performances and within a few years, they had a show choir. I earned that A+ for acting but the singing of course is more me. One of the Holiday concerts was performing “Hallelujah Chorus.” If you are familiar with this entire song, there are lots of parts– LOTS. We received a standing ovation which was truly heart warming. Another A+. BTW– that was my senior year, another favorite of course in April 1990! 💙

Many years later as a preschool teacher, I loved using puppets to perform for the kids. This too became another one of my favorite activities and little ones love puppet antics. Some of the more introverted ones talk to a puppet more than anyone else. I loved the idea of hiding behind a wall or mat as kids didn’t even notice a missing teacher. Such great fun and that A+ for acting came very easy to me. Sure, kids are entertained but puppet performing necessarily isn’t for everyone.

This takes me to you warriors. Have you ever earned an A+ for acting? I gotta say– those WWE performers definitely deserve high letters for all the acting they do. It can be anyone you watch whether on T.V., the movies, the stage, or entertainment of various kinds. Can you give any performer of your choice an A+ for their acting? I bet you can if they are convincing enough and affect you. You know my choice of always is the Ultimate Warrior. Sometimes, it can even be you that convinces someone else.

Once the performance or event is over, the paint peels off, the gear put away, or the mask taken down, have they or you earned that A+ for acting? Guess that depends on the feelings. Remember, it’s always about those emotions we all tend to ignore or hide behind.

Just make sure your A+ is given for the right reasons. This means you CARE or you wouldn’t be watching, listening, or performing at all. I certainly didn’t deserve an A+ for my Mrs. Bucket performance but my heart earned it for trying. I always wished teachers gave those A+’s for effort in school but just like with some performers, we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. Warrior would earn those A+’s from me for all the effort he put into his character. Naysayers– yes. Effort– always. Some will never know the effort behind those A+’s but you will deep down.

Maybe we don’t need those marks in order to fully be us. You can decide that for yourself. Just do the best or go with your interests and you’ll have some performances in life beyond your imagination. Some good and some bad but that’s how we need it to be. Look back on all your experiences and then make some new ones. Perhaps you’ll get that A+ but if not, remember we are all actors performing on this life stage everyday… 👍🎬🎟

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