Gotta get a Gimmick ðŸ‘ðŸ»ðŸ˜²

We are back to Warrior pics these last two weeks of September and I haven’t used a black-and-white one in a long time. This one is so similar to the WCW/NWO magazine cover I used a few years back when Warrior unleashed OWN in 1998. I decided to look up some photos and this pose was chosen. So hard to believe I have never used the word gimmick in a post, not ever. Yes, I had to check on that to make sure but an idea came to me. I was listening to a podcast and of course that word of gimmick comes up when talking about wrestling. The Ultimate Warrior had his gimmick as did others which does continue today just in a different way.

They knew back then how getting a gimmick would take you far in the business but actually, we all need one. Yes, you read that right. Have you looked up what it means? There are several definitions but the most obvious is doing something that stands out or makes an impression. It usually involves a business or product more but we can have our OWN gimmick too. No, you don’t need to paint your face, run around, or anything else the character of U.W. did. What makes YOU stand out though? Some may not truly want to but we all need to be remembered for our unique brand of intensity. We want to bring it all to the squared circle that is our life.

Gee, let’s see here. Our gimmick is our personality but it can be so much more. If one is going for fame, it gets amped up and expands into a lot but for regular folks~~~ it sounds intimidating. It’s not a word I use to describe someone as I’m sure you don’t either. Beyond a personality, it’s all in how we convey it to others but also in our attitude behind it. There are many traits that make up one’s gimmick so to speak. We as fans know several facets of the Ultimate Warrior that contributed to his gimmick which in turn made him successful. He even had some attributes that other guys didn’t but the opposite is true too. If you are unaware, just look him up. You can find plenty out there.

In these last several years, my gimmick would be writing. Believe it or not, I don’t share everything and despite some stories that are seemingly extroverted~~~I really am not. Extroverts will do much more to publicize a gimmick which is a natural fit to them. Some of us work in a different way which seems like we are really selling that gimmick but not doing everything. Let’s say being on most social media sites for example. That just isn’t me and it doesn’t bug me one bit. Sure, I could do so much more but for now, this is who I am. Will it change over time? Possibly and there’s that word of last week again but it’s all in how we project that gimmick to the world. For all those “out of the loop” about Warrior, no he was not an extrovert even though it could seem that way. I wrote about that too...

Over the years, your gimmick will evolve with the times as creatively you see fit. Look at Warrior. He advertised his gimmick all over from trunks, kneepads, dusters, hats, and any other gear. It then moved into some of his business ventures outside of wrestling like his gym, comic books, speaking, writing, or even artwork. Still has gimmick but just presented in various ways. Most of us will never have those items as part of our gimmicks but think of how else you can present yourself and how it can work in your life. You gotta get one and make sure it sticks. I guess if you are a pro wrestler, you can and possibly will have several. Many performers come to my mind that switched their looks or even aspects of the character around. Their gimmick might’ve gotten rebranded in a way but it still worked. We have our favorite of theirs but it’s them who decides how the “new” gimmick gets out there.

The risk is always around though when trying to change or improve an existing gimmick. You may lose fans, money, or even a project idea if it isn’t recognizable enough and others can’t relate. We do need to expand despite those possible risks but again, the cost is up to you. Warrior lived with his consequences and had said he didn’t have regrets. It’s difficult saying the same but there will always be lessons, not failures. You are in control of how your gimmick goes and if it goes well.

Some may say the gimmick of Ultimate Warrior waned but others always loved it as evidenced by many fans all over the world. Yes, there were those “squash” matches that became iconic with U.W. getting a crowd pop and then letting his gimmick take over. That’s how he wanted to do it but then again, his major feuds with opponents would usually be a much longer match that played out a great storyline. When I looked up more on gimmicks, pro wrestling was listed first among a few other sports. This makes total sense as their in ring persona defines how they are viewed by an audience and in turn accepted or not. Gimmicks can range also in terms of heel/ face, comics, (like Ultimate Warrior!) horror, (I think Undertaker!) ethnic, or so many more. Vince was always contributing to a character’s gimmick with mainstream culture and what was popular at the time.

I know you all that are wrestling fans recall many gimmicks of then and now as it is such a part of sports entertainment. I will always remember mine from the Golden Era and even today, laughter comes when thinking of some! Let’s all get a gimmick and work on it. It’ll go over with some but maybe not all. Keep the fans who love your gimmick as there is a reason why they do. I always loved the Ultimate Warrior gimmick despite never fully knowing his other wrestling personas. I know he likes mine too (: Get your OWN and continue doing the work, the right audience will be there.

***P.S. Don’t be confused by this post today. Warrior used his U.W. gimmick for certain aspects in his life but our TRUE gimmicks go deeper than anything one could put out there publicly. Know that. You are more than a gimmick. You have one but remember to be MORE than what it is... 👊🏻💙🙋🏻‍♀️Have that self- belief and discipline as your guide which will make your gimmick truly WORK…

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Injections of Intensity ðŸ§¡

Here I am again with another word describing Warrior that I seemed to avoid. Guess I overlooked intensity as more stories seemed to surface. It’s laughable really just like with the word energy that got overlooked a while back. 😂A phrase of Warrior’s was “Intensity for Life!” and he used “Injections of Inspiration” in some videos. I decided to combine both for this title today. Another unplanned moment is the photo I am using. Was all set to use a certain one but then that one seemed to be everywhere. I’d watch some clips on the “Ultimate Collection” DVD and there it was in the crowd on someone’s poster, pillow, or banner. I also saw it posted on one of the fb U.W. groups so decided, why not? I have many to choose from and this photo was following me in a way.

How about all of you? Do you have injections of intensity everyday? Probably not like Warrior but we all have our own moments. It involves strength, force, energy, and feeling which that man above had with all those. Yours will not equate another like I always have said many times before. Just make sure you give all you can and do it in the best way. You can be intense where it doesn’t have to be a crazy attitude or way of life.

Maybe your intensity is more subtle like mine sometimes. I get that way with my writing when I just have to share something. ✍🏻Good thing none of you are around when those ideas come to me as some get pretty intense! It’s not just with your physical strength or doing an action similar. You can probably think of other things you may do in an intense way that some may not. We just always associate that word with fitness or maybe an intellectual idea of some kind. How about looking at it differently?

Injections of intensity can involve your job, parenting, or any activity which requires you to give it your best effort. It’s also the flip side of that though. For me, it’s the emotions. You all know my feelings on that topic by now. Think about ( if you are a fan or remember) the Ultimate Warrior winning those big titles or even other exciting matches. I know my emotions were filled with that intensity back then. The reverse was true when hearing about Warrior’s passing. That was another injection of intensity for a long time just in an entirely different fashion and experience all together. We have highs and we have lows. All are about being or becoming intense for that present moment. You will know how far your emotional intensity goes by how something affects you.

We all have had an intense almost two years with this global pandemic so that definitely affects us in many areas of our lives. Lots of people will deal with their own level of intensity concerning big events but little ones matter too. Warrior attacked intensity throughout his entire life even as an introverted youngster. It may not have shown up externally until many years in but on the inside, it was there just waiting for him. He took a small idea of just working out some in his high school weight room into becoming quite the intense character professionally later on. He was also injected with that intensity as a Dad. The disciplines, lessons, family creed, and values he wanted instilled in his girls became their lifeblood of intensity.

I decided to get out the book “A Life Lived Forever” to see what some Superstars had to say about the Ultimate Warrior. Of course I know many comments with having the book all these years. What I was looking for was how many times the word intense or intensity was mentioned. I only looked at some parts so am sure it’s throughout the whole thing but here are a few. Dana and Steve Wilton used it, Kofi Kingston did as well regarding Warrior’s legacy but Batista used it NINE times! He talked about U.W.’s ring entrance and his lasting influence. It is quite the word, isn’t it?

Maybe that’s why I avoided it all this time. Yes, the Ultimate Warrior and Warrior had injections of intensity but I always wanted to see beyond that and I have. Another character actually more intense was “Macho Man” Randy Savage. I’ve done lots of posts on those two but in my opinion, what Randy started with intensity- Warrior continued. Nobody of their generation topped both of them on that level. That’s just my take but am sure many will agree. When I think of either, that word for sure is part of them. I never wanted to say what everyone else says because it’s all the same. For me, I hear- been there, done that so I needed to go beyond the word of intensity just a bit more. Guess I have with these five years of writings…

So, warriors- how do you inject intensity into your life and do you keep it going? That part of the question is hardest to answer. Remember though to be yourself in all this great life. You can use Warrior’s intense methods to motivate you but honestly, do it YOUR way as he would want. Intensity for life? Always but believe in your own spirit that pushes you toward that injection. The Ultimate one would want nothing less from you as your OWN warrior self.

P.S. I had remembered a quote I saved on being a Virgo and it applies here. I have talked about those birth signs but here it is:

~”People perceive them as calm and collected, but inside their mind they are a nervous ball of uncontrolled intensity.”

Oh yes, so true!!! And, when I checked the date of the pic above, I took it on my birthday! Virgo again… ♍️💖

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