The Tamer Rockstar πŸŽΌπŸŽΈ

This photo is somewhat out of center since I had to cut off a little girl who is probably close to 40 by now. Do any of you fans remember “Amanda Ultimate Warrior?” I’ll link her appearance on “The Brother Love Show” at the end. It gets my heart every time. I would LOVE chatting with her now, wonder what happened to her? So, most that saw the Ultimate Warrior back then with little face paint or just his logo like above, thought he had softened his image and in many ways he did. He started as a rockstar of sorts who became a little tame as years went on. I always wondered how it all came to be with his changes. Was it mostly Vince or were some of the ideas Warrior’s?

Some say they wanted to soften his look to be more like Hulk Hogan. Not exactly I know but possibly more approachable, less intimidating to fans, or whatever else. I always loved when his face paint peeled off but people liked it on since it identified the character. I have said this before. Let’s see what things changed besides his face. Blonder hair, less screaming in promos with more actual talking, having kids around in interviews like Amanda, etc.

In the beginning, the Ultimate Warrior was like that crazy nonsensical rockstar running around to his “Unstable” theme music, shaking ropes, thumping his chest, and so much more. Sure, he still did those things later on but his physical appearance just changed a bit. He must’ve liked the blonde hair look since that stayed throughout many years after he left the business, came back, and resurfaced yet again in 1998. The length changed too over the years. He even got an earring and tattoo later on which many weren’t doing at the time.

Have you ever felt the need to change something or perhaps many things about yourself to please another? Yes, I know with Warrior it was for different reasons but I always wondered about the stories behind it all. Did he agree just because he was the new Heavyweight champ? O.K., I have had my hair highlighted or done things differently than the norm but never did I feel like I had to do something drastic for a job. Many wrestlers change their look several times over the years but man, the backlash over Warrior and a few “new” things got people talking. Am sure the higher-ups felt some aspects with the character needed to move in a different direction and we as fans embraced it all, well we had to didn’t we? He even become quite smaller which started other rumors…

If any of us reset our physical traits, it’s usually because we want to or at least that’s how it should be. Kids will do things to get approval from friends but we as adults know better. We still want approval but just in other ways. When I became blonde, ( yes there were a few pics on here!) I did it for fun. I even had a pink streak in it for a while. Blondes don’t necessarily have more fun as the saying goes but it’s what we make of it. I just wanted to try something different I hadn’t before. Fame has its own rules though.

Am sure you can possibly think of someone who maybe had a certain reputation for years and then instead of a physical change, it was more of their personality that changed. I had talked about “sowing your wild oats” when younger and then when we age, maturity and tamer ways creep in. Sometimes, it needs to based on our life experiences and yet sometimes people hold on to their old ways. Warrior kept his long hair for a while but then fatherhood later on made him lop off his locks. Some won’t let that go since it so defines them like Hulk or even someone like Bret Hart. Everyone is different but Warrior wanted and needed to move past the hair that defined him.

Well, that’s enough about that as hair was also part of a past post but it is an obvious difference. Warrior bald- now that shocked a lot of people who followed him later on. We all tend to hold on to things in other ways because it’s like our security blanket. Sometimes though, you gotta drop the blanket Linus and move on. Despite all those attributes that made the Ultimate Warrior evolve, he still was that rockstar to me. Of course it was in a much other way and even though he became somewhat tame, it was still him underneath it all.

That’s what we all need to be. No matter what types of changes we go through physically, our inner person will remain the same. We may need to adapt somewhat but our core is still us and Warrior never wavered on his. There were many that have tried to duplicate the Ultimate Warrior but none truly succeeded because they weren’t really him. Maybe some were fooled but I never was. Amanda Ultimate Warrior and those other kids got to see their rockstar hero become a little tamer. It worked for a few but others missed his wilder ways. I loved it all because to me, behind that exterior was a man with a great message of belief in yourself. That meant so much more than any rockstar performance he put on with paint, no paint, blond or no hair, screaming or whispering. Whether or not he wanted to be tamed, the character succeeded. You’ll always be a rockstar Warrior- in or out of the ring. Plus, he ROCKS too as the most ultimate spirit!

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*** Here is a link to Amanda on the “Brother Love Show.” If it isn’t working, just look up Warrior’s appearances on B.L. or her name…

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To Find Yourself πŸ’™πŸ§ 

“For a man to truly find himself, he has to go one place that we’re all entitled to go to. Deep, deep, deep in the mind…”

All you Ultimate Warrior fans probably know that speech he gave on RAW back in 1996. I won’t share the exact date because well, you can look that up on your own and you’ll know why. Jerry Lawler had commented that he was a “lunatic” for talking that way before Goldust came out but again, I get it. It does take quite a while for anyone to truly find themselves because we either are afraid of spending time alone or being judged. Being judged would be mine only years ago and not be people you’d probably think.

Back when I watched good ‘ol WWF, the Sunday morning show of Wrestling Challenge became an emotional ultimate challenge for me. That day we went to church so Superstars on Saturday was a no-brainer depending on which T.V. in the house I chose to watch. While in high school, my Dad decided switching churches to another which was a further drive. The service began at 9:30 and wrestling came on at 11:00. We ALWAYS made it back but guess what I’d be thinking about during the service? Yep, of course. If I knew the Ultimate Warrior was going to be on, I’d get so nervous and antsy. I always felt like lightning ⚑️ would strike me down for not paying attention! 😳

After my brother joined the Navy in Sept. of 1991, I lost a part of myself or so it seemed. Watching wrestling pretty much alone wasn’t the same anymore and I missed our funny banter. So grateful to reminisce with him now… My family knew I still watched but for some reason, I became a “closet watcher.” I’d sneak to watch on any T.V. I could access but change the channel when someone came in the room. That reminds me of Warrior’s story from the book “A Life Lived Forever.” He remembered his step-dad doing the same thing after “Jim” came home from being out with friends. If you can recall, I never shared much about wrestling with my friends but to hide it from my own family who knew I watched seems odd, doesn’t it? πŸ€”Why was I afraid? Probably because I lost a guy to watch with and was so conditioned to believe it wasn’t for girls. I had to find myself again.

I remember a few times after church when my Mom would be making breakfast. For some reason, Dad didn’t want the T.V. on in the kitchen anymore so I might miss the whole show. I actually would make up excuses to not come down so I could watch WWF upstairs in my brother’s room. Let’s see– a stomachache, I’m in the bathroom, ( for an hour?!) too tired and need to lie down, or anything else. Sometimes SNME was on the night before or I’d be babysitting late so being tired would be a legit excuse! I’d eat later around noon. Did Mom or the others ever figure it out? I don’t know. Maybe I just didn’t ever feel comfortable without my brother but I gotta say– never did I miss it despite my excuses. Think I still watched despite U.W. being gone briefly in ’91. Cable ended my run a year or so later but Warrior had moved on and I did too.

Have you ever felt like you lost a part of yourself and needed to find it again? No, I never watched that much after late 1992 but what are your moments where parts needed to come back? You can go deep in your mind or explore other activities like Warrior but be the one to decide if what you lost is worth finding again. I never thought Warrior would re-surface in my life ever. It wasn’t until I bought a magazine in ’93, (Warrior was making the movie Firepower then) and a few years later finding an Action Figure which brought him back to me in a way. Both of those are great stories! Warrior also never thought after all the years of fueding with Vince that he’d ever be found again. Funny how fate has a way of lining things up that we couldn’t imagine ourselves. This is such a testament to my spiritual journey now.

I do know that never would I have looked up Warrior on my own had it not been for some things which became public. Finding myself didn’t mean watching wrestling anymore or even knowing what Warrior was up to. It meant not being afraid of judgments or ridicule for doing something I liked- whatever that could be. I had to learn to have more confidence in myself which took a long time, even into adulthood. Part of this was my own fear. It was me being fearful of all the emotion that would come as a result of not only following anything Warrior was putting out there but admitting it was o.k.

Whatever is preventing you from finding yourself however that looks, don’t be afraid. It’s your true essence calling out and saying: “I know you’re scared but do it anyway!” Once you finally go deep in your mind, heart, AND soul is when the truth will be found. Warrior had to spend lots of time exploring who he really was as a man but stayed true to himself. Sometimes, parts of us get lost, confused, or mixed up but we eventually get led back by fate or the Universe. To find yourself takes hard work but when you do, it’ll never be lost again. Be the warrior who goes deep as we are entitled to go to. Find yourself for your true nature knows the way.

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Remember Me As…

BEWARE of my EMOTIONS on this.

Hey there readers… Maybe some of you are aware of the vlogs Warrior put out around 2008 so I decided to use a photo from one of them. You can easily access these thru YouTube and there are many where he discussed various topics. Some of it is business related but some are controversial in nature where he shares his opinions as always. Feel free to watch on your own as I like to share other types of work he made public. Do I agree with everything he says all the time? Unless you are new here, you know that answer which is a no however that moves us into today’s topic.

Remember Me As… Warrior would want to be remembered most as being an innovative, inspirational guy who took his abilities to another level while motivating others. Not gonna use the word intensity of a few weeks ago. Of course, being a Dad was his greatest gift but getting that confidence to truly be himself and believe is what I remember most. Yes, we mainly know him as the Ultimate Warrior but he always wanted to be known as more and in some ways he was. I can for sure say what he would NOT want to be remembered as but we all tend to bring on some drama and suffer consequences. We want to be remembered for the good we do and not for others to focus on the bad which they seem to quite often. Do you share every little detail of your life? I bet you don’t but with fame, some believe your life is an open book. It is not and shouldn’t be. If you want to read a book, read mineπŸ˜‰ …, Warrior had mentioned on the “Ultimate Collection” DVD how he wanted his character remembered which equated with the physicality he created. As a man though, he wanted to be remembered in other areas of his life as us fans know.

Excuse me a minute while I climb on top of the ol’ soap box once again. You may disagree with me on this but let’s get into the celebrity angle just a bit more. Yes, fame has its share of sacrifices, hard work, and being remembered. We will all have our own memories of those that are or were famous. Some stories are still talked about today in regards to celebrity deaths. They are people too just choosing a different lifestyle. Don’t you think they want others to remember the good about them just like us regular folks? Of course but then there are others.

***BIG SIGH*** plus some other expletives I can’t write here. 🀬 Switch roles for a minute. If you were that famous celebrity and you passed, what then? Your family will be grieving your loss a long time and you still want to protect them. Would you honestly want the media digging up any little piece of “dirt” they can find to prove a point? Your family would be drug thru the mud and you as a spirit, are watching. I understand all about honesty and Warrior was very much so but private is another word he was all about, especially later in his life. He had mentioned this over and over again.

With him being private, people would sometimes assume the worst and jump to conclusions. We do this to others too. People also assume they have a right to know everything about a famous person and if they don’t find that “dirt,” there’s a cover-up. Warrior’s HOF weekend and his passing are continuously marked by rumors, speculations, and such but NONE of that will bring him back. He was too proud to let anything get in the way of enjoying that weekend despite ugly naysayers thinking some plotted against him. Many will also attest to the fact that newer additional merchandise is just the WWE profiting too much from Warrior’s passing. They wanted to make amends and did but then again, business is business. It isn’t for me to totally expand upon but they’ll try to sell whatever works. It’s up to us as fans to respond so that’s on all you collectors. You can buy what you like, I’m not judging.

Despite this that never seems to go away concerning Warrior’s life, career, and passing we NEED to remember the GOOD people and we should always. We all make mistakes but respect still needs to be given. Warrior wants all of us to live our lives without going over all the intimate details of his. Some of you may say: “No way, we need to know the whole truth if it’s the last thing we do!” Well, the truth is we won’t and shouldn’t. He discussed knowing “the full story” on the DVD but his physical passing is not the same as details on the character he portrayed as U.W. Will knowing more about a famous person such as Warrior really help you find that peace? Maybe but he wants so much more from his fans. I hope you all know this but some may never come to that conclusion. It doesn’t mean to forget about him or anything he did but just to live your life as an inspiration to others without obsessing in a way over another’s.

Whatever “comes out” once again about Warrior, I just hope others look at it in a new way. We may never truly accept but sometimes, privacy wins that match. It DOES matter which was the subject with a few of his videos only about something entirely different. I agree with those that respect privacy because that could be your family which needs it. I will always remember the Ultimate Warrior or Warrior as being passionate and creative among other things. He put much into his short life here for all of us to remember but let’s not dwell on the resentful and bitterness of every little piece of dirt. Honor his legacy with the real truth which is goodness and privacy. We all deserve this whether famous or not. Remember Me As…What will your answer be? -Soap box put away now…

P.S. I can talk about this a long time but as a warrior, I need my privacy and you should too.

P.P.S. Warrior said this in a WWE video about his character: “It’s o.k., you keep it, it’s yours and we’ll be alright… you know.” ~ Keep the GOOD always…πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™

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Injections of Intensity πŸ§‘

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. πŸ˜‚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… β™οΈπŸ’–

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The Cut-Out πŸ’™πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

This iconic image of the Ultimate Warrior was everywhere back then and still remains a fan favorite today. I have a connection with it, are you all that shocked? It’s just another fun teen moment that my memory brought out but it does involve a T.V. show in a way. The show was one I mentioned a few years back with “My Pouchie Faith” but more on that shortly.

Years ago when I roamed the mall as a teen it was cool to just hang out, go shopping, possibly meet up with friends, or whatever. No, I was never a “mall rat” but did use my babysitting money to buy a few fun things for myself. I always used the same entrance by JCPenney’s and TGIFriday’s restaurant. The people eating could look at shoppers through the windows coming and going. I miss that place. So, one day I went in and to the right was the GNC store. As I got closer, my steps slowed almost to a halt. Right in front of the store larger than life was a giant Ultimate Warrior cut-out with products next to him on the floor! It was that photo you see above. I just stopped and stared as again, something unexpected in front of me.

I did try to find out if Warrior ever endorsed their products since would they be allowed to use his image? Not sure but let’s just say I left the mall the same way I came in. I would’ve anyway but this cut-out made it extra special. Too bad I didn’t have a camera but who took one to the mall back then? No phones, people!

Now, we’ll connect the T.V. show. Any guesses? It’s “The Goldbergs” which still airs on ABC. The creator Adam Goldberg was a huge fan of the ‘ol WWF and even did a wrestling theme based episode once. They posted a tribute to Warrior at the end in 2014 but was that my favorite episode? Nope, not at all. The guys mentioned in that were mostly of the generation before Warrior but still, I loved it! The episode I am referencing was from 2015 titled:“DannyDonnieJoeyJonJordan” of New Kids on the Block or NKOTB. I had to look that up. I liked the Boy Bands but never “liked” any of the guys. The name says it all and rarely did I like “boys” if you’re feeling me here…

That episode had Erica’s brothers teasing her for the cut-out she had years prior of Donnie from the group. Donnie Wahlberg that is. She had put all that stuff away with being older and more mature ya know. The boys remake some of NKOTB’s music videos and that gets Erica thinking of her collection while feeling nostalgic. Adult Adam narrates the whole time and his reflection at the end got to me. I had put my small collection of Warrior stuff away because it didn’t need to be around and I didn’t need the reminder back then.

What he said though made sense. We can put our things away from those younger years but they are never forgotten. You can look back and reminisce but just not for too long. Erica didn’t bring back her Donnie cut-out permanently but just for a bit to hold onto again. I remember watching this in my bedroom while tears formed. I got what Adam meant and what Erica did. Most of you know, I am not a collector of U.W. memorabilia much at all and treasure my little things. I got it all out again instead of trying to pretend it never existed or that I’d be too sad to look at it once more after Warrior’s passing- even a year later.

Those collectibles of mine are part of me and I didn’t want to hide them in the attic anymore. They became my work for this blog, the book Spirit and Belief, and all that I put out there for fans like me. Just because I lived elsewhere, got married, had kids, and was older, it didn’t all have to go away. I don’t just admire what I own, I use it and it has helped with my healing. I can’t do Adam’s speech justice but it made me look at my situation better than I had before. That still remains my favorite episode and the other storyline involves the kids artwork over the years so similar with Erica and the boys of NKOTB. It was so funny and touching all at once.

I know most of you huge collectors have additional storage for all your U.W. stuff and it becomes a business like I blogged about as well. I will never sell my collection though. πŸ˜‰I also would never have a huge U.W. cut-out in my room but to each their OWN. My things will stay forever a part of me in a special way. Oh-“Macho King” Randy Savage tears up that iconic poster of Warrior on a clip of “The Ultimate Collection” DVD and during their WMVII contract signing he says this: …” and I’m gonna take you Ultimate Warrior and I’m gonna make you extinct, oh yeah I am!” *** Even though Warrior is physically gone along with Randy, both will never be extinct to me!

P.S. Did you know Mike “The Miz” of the WWE was recently on “Celebrity Wheel of Fortune?” I never watch that but so glad I did! He played for Connor’s Cure… He also is a contestant this season on “Dancing with the Stars” AND the Ultimate Warrior was the reason he got into wrestling! He’s from Ohio like me… Thanks to Miz for mentioning Warrior on both shows!!! πŸ₯°πŸ‘πŸ»

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Building the Hype

This photo you see was from WWF’s (now WWE’s) Royal Rumble of ’89 when the Ultimate Warrior agreed to do a pose down with Ravishing Rick Rude. That built the hype for their WrestleMania V match and then SummerSlam later in the year as their feud continued. Warrior also had hype the following year at the Rumble only that time it was between Hulk Hogan which of course led to their WMVI Ultimate Challenge. This can also be said for many of those wrestling Superstars of back then and today. We need to build hype because it’s part of us in every area of life professionally and personally.

Have you ever planned something for a while – even months or more perhaps and then it’s all over just like that? Think about the hype for a wedding which can be stressful but also exciting. When the big day finally comes, it goes so fast and then the hype is all a memory. Sure, you’ll have more hype throughout a marriage but the wedding stuff is done. What about the hype before a new baby comes? That’s true too. You have 9 months of building and planning and then after the baby’s born, more hype begins as their life starts.

For me as a teacher, there was always hype before many special events with those littles. Christmas parties, art shows, and of course graduation were all built up. We never used “Pomp and Circumstance” though! That was a few weeks ago. Another memory of mine was high school choir. I know, that again but it fits here. We would start practicing and building hype for a Holiday Christmas concert in mid-October! Yep, some songs were quite difficult but when you receive a standing ovation for “Hallelujah Chorus,” the hype was well worth it. It is not the destination, it’s the journey. Remember that warriors.

You can apply this to other smaller topics like watching a movie, reading a book, or studying for a test. The hype needs to happen or we miss the middle. You can’t be at a finish line without running the whole race either. What hypes have been built up in your life where the planning was longer than the actual event? I look to my kids now and all their hard work with Marching Band. They practice and rehearse all these songs for shows and then after about 20 minutes or so, it ends. Sure, they repeat performances at different football games but by then, they know it well.

For some of you, maybe the hype or planning is missed when your big event is over. Guess what though? You’ll always be planning for the next best thing with more hype so don’t worry. O.K., you’ll fondly look back on the past but as with everything, we must continue moving forward- new hype and all.

I cannot imagine being a pro athlete with all that hype. How would I be? Warrior amped up his character to get fans all hyped on the excitement. Our brains thrive on the adrenaline rush we get from building hype but then feel let down when it ends. Warrior was always thinking of what’s next but then finally left the wrestling hype behind for family hype. It was still there, just in a new way as it is for all families. In sports, that hype is on a whole other level. If on a team, you want that championship cup, trophy, belt, or ring. Once won- do you keep going down that road together or go separate ways? You probably want to win more and once hype gets on you, it’s hard to get it off. Much more is expected and the hype continues to build.

Being a single performer is sorta the same only with one mind to think of. After winning a title, that hype gets celebrated but then you need to think of your next career move. Your title reign may end faster than it built up. The journey becomes in how you continue staying relevant with more new hype on your future step.

So, warriors let’s build our hype for a goal but keep pushing ourselves to more adventures and excitement. We do need downtime though. Warrior did too but rarely took any before his next hype got built up again. My hype with this blog was unexpected. Once I decided to publish my stories, the hype built into a book called Spirit and Belief. That wasn’t a dream at all in the beginning.

You’ll know your stories in life with much hype too and for Warrior, us fans know it all. O.K., maybe I don’t know it ALL but the big stuff- OH YEAH! Thanks Randy… Enjoy the hype because we should. Our emotions matter because without them, the buildup wouldn’t exist. Life is about hype – the big and small. Let’s take it all because as warriors, we thrive on it…

P.S. I did post to the U.W. Facebook groups but how about this? Sept. 17th marked 5 years of the batteries πŸ”‹ πŸ”‹story in my book and I got another sign that day this year. It had also been 5 years since I had seen that blue U.W. shirt which Lebron James wore when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA title in 2016. A guy was wearing it around my neighborhood. Well, at my son’s Senior Night last week, a guy passed me with that shirt on! πŸ‘•πŸ’™πŸ‘πŸ»

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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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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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Peel Those Layers πŸŽ¨

*** This post is a day early so Warrior Tuesday today. Our dog is having ACL surgery tomorrow so my mind will be elsewhere. Send her prayers!! πŸΆπŸ™πŸ»***

I know, I know… I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. Even though I LOVED all the colors Warrior used for his mask over the years, I liked when that paint got peeled off so I could see him underneath. Yes fans, I realize that paint was so iconic to his character and some didn’t like the unpainted look for a time. He wouldn’t be the Ultimate Warrior without it, right? I get it- believe me warriors.

Did you ever start peeling off chipped or cracked paint and just had to keep going? It was driving you nuts!! I’ve done that before and am doing it now with my nail polish. Maybe some of you aren’t bothered by it at all but of course this just really isn’t about paint. You know that if you’ve read my posts before. The Ultimate Warrior had his masks, we all have ours in a way but let’s get to the real stuff underneath. I compare it to peeling an onion. You can say orange but an onion has more layers and will make you cry! We gotta do that to get through it all. The peeling and the crying.

Do you feel the need to “peel off” or “peel away” what no longer serves a purpose in your life? Oh boy, I’ve been doing this for years now and it’s still going on. I mention some things in my book Spirit and Belief and how I was moving away from old habits, people, food, and yes- even beliefs. It’s part of my awakening and we all have our own versions whether or not you consider yourself spiritual . Warrior had his too. We have to peel off the old to make room for the new. That’s how it was for Hulk Hogan ( yes, he’s mentioned here again) when he “peeled” off his Heavyweight title to make room for the NEW which became the Ultimate Warrior as champion. Yes, it was hard for him to do that. We all probably know the stories but it’s hard for US to peel off stuff or situations we become very attached to. We hold on so tight because we are afraid of anything new. Does this sound like you?

Even the simplest things can be difficult to peel away since they have been with us so long. Routines can be hard enough to change but what about relationships, jobs, or a big life decision? Yeah, those require much more from us and lots of peeling. When I peeled back my paint of layers, there never seemed to be an end. Once I thought I got thru one, more kept coming. It’s for life warriors, it really is. We have to keep peeling to get to what we truly need. Literally, you’d get to the inside of that onion but I’m talking about life issues here of course.

I’ve had to peel away these physical symptoms to find what really caused them and it isn’t typical at all. I am more educated now about the realness of my layers and am still learning all the time. It doesn’t have to be negative at all although our fears tend to take over. It is teaching us something and we, as warriors will fight on thru those layers. I bet you even know what some of yours are. I know Warrior did also as very few saw underneath to his true self. Maybe you just don’t connect to something much anymore yet still the paint remains. It could be crumbling or fading but you keep it because it’s yours. It’s familiar, comfortable, and convenient. You know what I’m saying, don’t ya?

Those layers could go deep and be stuck so hard, nothing can get it off. It will be a struggle but if we stay the same, we won’t grow. Rooms in our houses need new paint over time, a car might, and yes the Ultimate Warrior needed new paint too. I know some people that never change much at all and are perfectly content. I do keep some things the same for a bit but then get bored and need to mix it up. Us warriors are not robots as you may know. Change is part of life with all its painted layers. We feel it all- the ugly, bad, good, and great which will come. We just have to believe it’s underneath that painted face or even onion.

We do need to start over in new ways and we’ll know when that is. Sometimes, the signs are right in front of us but we ignore them. Other times, we realize those signs are pointing us in a new direction that will be better for us even though we may not know it then. Warrior leaving the business of wrestling comes to mind for me here but I can connect my life too like I always do.

Keep peeling those layers so the real you can shine through. That paint will come off if you work hard enough. It may not peel as easily as the Ultimate Warrior’s mask but once it does, a new colorful you will take its place. Throw that smelly πŸ§… away and enjoy a good cry. It’s exactly what you need to see the truth behind those layers you fought against.

P.S. That photo above of U.W. was taken during the Royal Rumble of ’90 when he and Hogan were in the ring together. A “what if” moment of last week! I hope this post was “a- peeling” for you (: Stop crying!!!

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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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