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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The β€œWhat If…” Game

O.K., warriors- we’re gonna play a little game here and you might be familiar with it some. I did a post called “Just Imagine warriors” back in 2019 but some recent comments got me thinking more. I am in some Ultimate Warrior Facebook groups and a few subjects get brought up quite a bit.

Their “what if” mainly centers on who Ultimate Warrior opponents could have been had he stayed in the business for a duration. Another “what if” that I heard mentioned from time to time was regarding Hulk Hogan turning heel after WrestleMania VI. I actually had heard that from Hogan himself in an interview. What if and just imagine all in one. Instead of Hulk presenting the belt to Warrior after the match, he’d beat him up as the crowd would be stunned. Losing his belt and becoming bad in the same night! Vince said nope, not gonna happen. There are those who say Hogan made lots of stuff up but who knows? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈI never heard Warrior’s take on that at all-maybe he never knew?

Which takes us to some of those mentioned as opponents of the Ultimate Warrior. Most wanted to see him against Jake “The Snake” Roberts but that never was scripted. Warrior should’ve got his revenge on the “snake man” for tricking him during all that prep work involving the Undertaker. They all did team up once, wow… Some also added Earthquake, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, and others. The Attitude Era factored in with names like Yokozuna, Diesel, and the British Bulldog. A few Warrior wrestled perhaps but not actual feuds with a big storyline. Who would you like to have seen against the Ultimate Warrior in this what if game?

Let’s bring ourselves into the match. I’ve done this with changing careers but what if other aspects of your life switched opponents so to speak. What if you lived somewhere else? What if you never got married if you are or never had kids if you do? What if you were born into a totally different family? Alright, that’s probably too deep to answer. 😬I know I ramble too much sometimes… Our free will determines lots of those choices but often times when it comes to business, the boss or other circumstances tag themselves in.

Think about both huge title wins in the Ultimate Warrior’s career. We’ve all probably heard those rumors that Warrior “never stuck his nose into any of that” but they were there. With his SummerSlam ’88 Intercontinental win over the Honky Tonk Man, it really wasn’t gonna happen that way at first. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake was injured but I heard HTM didn’t want to drop the belt to him. Hmmm…. He didn’t mind letting his longtime reign end by crowning the Ultimate Warrior -yay! Thanks HTM and Vince am sure. How about the Heavyweight bout at WMVI? Well, the crowd brought that together as Vince pondered the what if game. πŸ€”Two good guys against each other and both belts up for grabs. That was all new back then and had never happened before. Not to mention leaving the country for a Mania. Vince came out later to say how he felt Warrior really wasn’t truly ready to be the champ. I disagreed of course. They wanted another Hulk which Warrior was not. Hulk had also said all the fans were looking at him on the cart instead of the new champ in the ring. Almost 68,000 people and all looking at him? Quite an exaggeration… not bashing but come on Hulk. πŸ™„After less than a year, Hogan won the belt back against Sgt. Slaughter in WMVII. *Sigh** but I loved Warrior and Randy so that needed to happen.

Oh, the what if game can go on and on. What if there was a rematch in a way between Hulk and Warrior? Oh wait, there kinda was in WCW which resulted in a cheating win by Hulk. What if Warrior didn’t come and go so many times? We will always say that but the truth is what ifs are just scenarios. I personally like more positive what ifs in this game since there are too many negatives out there all the time about Warrior and his career. We can plan for the good and hope for the best but it may not always work that way. Our lives happen whether or not we plan everything out. We can’t and don’t. There are always tons of ideas and decisions to make all the time. The professional ones might get made by others and we need to comply but the personal ones we do have more control over. It may not go in that straight line without obstacles but the detours will still get us there.

You can play the what if game so many times but honestly, enjoy your life now. It’s all you have. Yes, it can become quite interesting with those FB U.W. groups and all their banter. Some I enjoy, some not. Let’s just not play the game too much in our own life. If you spend a lot of time playing what if, you aren’t truly living. You can play a little because we are human but just live it the best you can in the way that works. What if can become great as am sure Warrior thought when he became that intensified character. “What if I could be the Heavyweight Champ one day?” Yep, that works! Use your own what if to make the great stuff happen and let go of the bad. The what if game will then be won and the NEW Champ is you! πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ†

P.S. Two possible opponents I mentioned of U.W’s were inducted with him in WWE’s HOF 2014 class. For those that don’t know— Jake Roberts and Razor Ramon.( aka Scott Hall)

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Are You a β€œPoser?” πŸ’™πŸ’ͺ🏻

*** My condolences go out to the family of WWE legend “Mr.Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. He was my sister’s favorite heel… Too many great ones now up in “Parts Unknown.” CTE is so serious as one of the “Jims” my husband was friends with for so many years also is suffering with this affliction. Rest In Peace Paul… πŸ’”

Now onto today…

My daughter came outside when I was first writing this story and asked about the title. She said: “Ya know, there’s different meanings to that word.” I said: ” yep, I know.”

So, can you answer that question I just “posed” to you above? Yes, the Ultimate Warrior was posing for that photo shoot as he did for so many others over the years. Of course I am here taking this statement a little further. Would you expect anything less? Do any of you remember the 2007 movie “Wild Hogs?” Well, those guys were called “posers” for pretending to be real bikers. They just wanted a road trip but encountered the Del Fuegos who were actual bikers. Another interesting tidbit from the movie ( yes, I remember since we own and love it) is that they were going to Madrid, New Mexico. That’s MAH-Drid, not Madrid-Spain! It is a real city near Santa Fe, man- who lived there? Hint to those new*** he’s that “poser” above. Spain connects to Warrior also.πŸ˜‰

Have we all been posers at certain times in our lives? Yep, for sure. Was Warrior? If any of you ever watched or knew him, you’d know that answer. For those unaware- he was not BUT am sure deep down did want to fit in with some aspects throughout his life. We do this as posers for acceptance, to be liked, respected, and all that. We may not even be fully aware of what we are doing sometimes which robs our authenticity.

I’ll share a story of mine and it’s a biggie. It’s been swirling in my head a while now and this post is perfect with the topic. Many years ago at my second preschool job ( the one that’s been in a few dreams and blogged about) I was finally eligible for a week’s paid vacation. Most full-timers got this and used it in the summer staggered with others. It was my turn and I was looking forward to doing NOTHING. A staycation was in the works. My co-workers all asked questions about going someplace, getting away from it all, and that tropical fun in the sun stuff. It all sounded great to me but really didn’t happen. I just wanted to sleep in, maybe grab lunch out, swim in my pool, get some sun, workout at a decent time, and stay up later. I know- boring right? But, I didn’t have all those other factors lined up for a vacay with my bestie or even the money to “get away from it all.”

What’s a girl to do? I became a poser and told one horrific lie that slammed out of control. I am no liar so let’s clear that right away forοΏΌ any doubters still not sure of my stories with Warrior. Back then, it was very different. Anyway, this “story” became me visiting my cousin and her husband as we went to the Grand Canyon. This wasn’t true. They both do have Native American blood and he was actually raised on a Hopi Reservation. I said we’d visit that area too but um, no..,

Everyone was fascinated as I had them all, hook line and sinker. Never did I think of the future consequences of not having a tan or even pictures to show. I made sure the backyard got myself sunburned and that I lost my camera on the plane. This was before cell phones with cameras. Oh my, what a choke hold I got myself into but didn’t submit. No idea if anyone believed it all but needless to say, nobody ever asked what I’d do on vacation again. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

Don’t let this happen to you warriors but if you’ve had something similar, you’ll learn about that word of being a poser. I didn’t want them to think I was boring and couldn’t afford a trip like that even though it was true. Single gals are supposed to travel, right? Not this one and I wouldn’t be honest with them. Am sure there were other poser moments but this one wins the match. Can you relate to my story or are you thinking- oh boy, she had issues. You are right if you say issues because my confidence in myself was pretty non-existent back then. It isn’t so much now as it’s a life long battle but I am better as I hope you are too.

Warrior helped me so much when I didn’t even know I needed it. He took that teenage girl ( long before the Grand Canyon story) who still was a poser with little confidence and transformed her into an authentic evolving Warrior of her own. No, I can’t give him full credit and he wouldn’t want it anyway but some credit- yes. It’s o.k. if you’ve been a poser before because once we get to that teenage self, our true self fades away a little. There’s so much more pressure out there in the “real” world. Your true self can come back. If you work hard enough, it will. Even as adults, we are posers trying to be a specific way so others will think we are ultimate when our real selves already are. You just have to love that YOU enough to know the truth.

The Ultimate Warrior and Warrior himself were no posers but fame does make it easier to become one. It isn’t the literal posing but that real aspect of being one of “them” and what we do to get there. If posing, catch yourself and ask what’s more important. Is it being a poser no matter the cost or is it being YOU no matter the risk? Your choice as always. Situations can be different but deep down, you know the right answer. Let’s only be posers for those photographs, not our ways of living.

***Thank you Warrior despite your challenges for showing me what posing is not about and for the realness to be YOU with or without a camera. Strike a pose but only if you hear a “click!”

P.S. I still haven’t been to the Grand Canyon but in 2016, we saw the Badlands on our South Dakota trip. They are the “mini” G.C. to me! Just beautiful, I could look all day!

P.P.S. Yes, another! Every time we go on a bike 🚲 ride, ( real bikes- not motorcycles!) my husband always says : “Wild Hogs!” He really does…

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Be Compassionate warriors πŸ’œπŸ’œ

Hey there warriors. Well, here I am again with a word that kept coming to me. I went into that debate mode of writing about this or not as a similar post is on Spirit and Belief this week. They are sorta a tag team again as the word of compassion works today too. No, it’s not like I’m researching all these virtues or attributes- really it’s not like that at all. It’s more connectors that fit into my life or current situation of sorts.

I’ll ask you all some questions first before sharing my stories today. Do you consider yourself a compassionate person? Is it a trait just reserved for some and not all? Maybe we just throw it around without fully realizing its definition. I know what it means but looked it up anyway. It actually is defined as: “to suffer together.” What? Why would we want that? We may know others that go thru what we are experiencing but everyone- no way! Guess what though? We do suffer together as people trying to make the best out of this great life we all have. Our individual sufferings may differ but collectively, we’re all just the same.

I don’t mean this as a downer and nobody wants pity which many may confuse with compassion. Empathy is another similar word. I kinda thought they were the same but no, not quite. Empathy is just the feeling you get when noticing another’s situation. Compassion is actually taking action to help a person. Your action might be different from people but compassion takes empathy a step further.

Going back to the Ultimate Warrior biography on A&E’s network in May, here were some of my emotions. First, I KNOW I discussed this bio already but you’ll see my point. While watching some parts, the word compassion entered my head. I kept saying to the T.V. ( in my mind of course) “I’m so sorry Warrior. I am very sorry for so much.” I may have said more but you get the idea. Some clips were when he was a young introverted boy as explained by his Mom. I too could totally feel those emotions just switched to a girl. So much of what she said sounded just like me. I felt it was a mirror of a different kind. Empathy yes, but compassion makes me take action like writing, speaking, and using my view to make a difference or to inspire others. The apology video was another scene where I talked it thru to myself. *SIGH.* πŸ’”

Now, there have been some other “findings” that a few U.W. groups discovered. I do watch and read since it’s important being educated while having your own opinion. This wasn’t the good stuff like podcasts or even those “shoot” interviews. These were specifics all about his passing. I realize Warrior will always be talked about all over the wrestling world and perhaps some body building circuits but again- just SIGH from me. “I’m so sorry yet once more Warrior.” Not pity for him but empathy and compassion. Guess I need it for the others that post those controversial articles or videos. That’s tough to do but I can be the better warrior that I need to be.

Another reference of compassion came from my most recent session with the Energy Healer. I realize this isn’t for everyone but she is helping me tremendously with many emotional issues. She relayed a card deck for me to consider about a mythological Chinese goddess named Kuan Yin. I need that feminine energy that I lack sometimes from other women in my life. Guess what her speciality is? Compassion… It’s also mercy, self-love, and light. I just received the deck and have done a few of the exercises. That word came thru for me in a new way. I also use crystals which is another belief system. One that I have been using for a few weeks now is Rhodonite. I have written down all the meanings and this one is all about love in its many forms. The first word though to describe it is–yep~~compassion. It’s all about balancing emotions which this girl needs daily. Hey~ I talk much about balance too so who wouldn’t love that? It helps with trauma and all of us carry internal scars. Another three count of the biography, card deck, and crystal that all connect to compassion.

We can agree to disagree on being compassionate to others who are difficult as I struggle with this often too. I actually am not close to some that I was raised with. There isn’t a rule book for any of us to follow plus that isn’t me anyway. Sounds like someone else I know… Let’s work on being more compassionate with ourselves first because it does need to start there. It may take our entire lifetime here to get it but we need to start now.

Whether or not any of you readers were compassionate with Warrior’s many decisions, just remember we are all human with the same emotions. He as the wrestler or him as his true self like those pics above. It’s just the actions that make us different. Be compassionate warriors no matter the risk. Warrior learned. I am always learning and you need to also. Turn empathy into compassionate action, your ultimate spirit will thank you…

P.S. A very HAPPY Birthday goes out to an avid reader of mine. How about that? His special day falls on my blog day AND Warrior’s did also this year. I thought I was done with milestones!!! Enjoy this day sir, you deserve it. Thank you for all YOUR compassion… πŸ’™πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³πŸ‘πŸ»

P.P.S. Another moment of compassion I had near the end of the bio was with Dana. I wanted to reach out and grab her hands as she relayed her possible regret over the girls not being with them outside the hotel before Warrior passed. I was saying to myself: “No, no, no. Don’t ever feel that way. You did the right thing. Warrior would not have wanted them there.” ~~~ I didn’t just feel her pain, my mind wanted to take action and in my own way I did…

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~~~ Find me here for book info on how Warrior’s energy inspired me to tap into my own intuitive abilities with lots of short stories. You can also find it on Amazon and other retailers. I also write a more spiritual blog with various topics as well. Connect with me on some U.W. Facebook groups, Twitter, and YouTube. I just posted a video on Kuan Yin’s energy so check it out if interested! πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ₯°πŸ‘πŸ“—

Alone at the Top πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ’™πŸ”

“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” ~Marianne Williamson

I think that quote fits for today as does that photo you see of Warrior above. Do you feel alone at the top? Are you even at the top or do you ever want to be? All interesting questions that I’m bringing into focus or should I say: “FOKE!” like Warrior had said. Whether or not one is alone at the top, this concept can apply to us all in many ways.

Let’s start with Warrior. Did he feel alone at the top? First off, as a champion in the business of wrestling, you alone have that title and nobody else so yes– that applies. But, of course I always mean deeper stuff as you know. Some may like it up there where others may feel intimidated. Warrior wanted that title eventually and most who pursue something similar also have that same motivation. It does come with some issues and sacrifices. Warrior’s title wins made others jealous of his fast rise to the top but he set a goal and achieved it. He got attention a different way than many before him ever got and they had been there much longer. People say Warrior was a “loner” of sorts but does being at the top make you lonely? That all depends as they are not the same thing. I can’t really say if he felt alone for sure but it did factor in with how he already appeared to some. He did it his way and had support from those he trusted.

We all run like the Ultimate Warrior did. πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈYep, you read that right. We do in a way. It’s the running or the chase that excites us to go after that job, relationship, position, or anything that interests us. That strive to get to the top pumps our adrenaline of competition. The question is: When you get there, then what? Do you run to the next goal or revel in the current one for a bit? Being alone at the top can be great when you achieve it but you need to think carefully of your next move. πŸ€”Once you have that elusive thing you’ve wanted for so long, are you satisfied? Maybe you crave more or perhaps are happy with being where you are right now. I can attest to all this with my writing. It’s up to you warriors. Just know that our lives are fluid, not stagnant. We do need to keep pushing ourselves but it’s quite alright to celebrate a victory for a little while- even a small one.

For some of us, we may never strive for that top status and may never be alone. You can be at the πŸ” without necessarily being alone. The opposite is also true. I of course identify with Warrior on many levels and being alone is one I totally connect to. Being at the top— well, that all depends with how it’s defined. I never pursued a career the way he did but still felt at the top many times in my life. It’s not just that career as I’ve said before. You can be at the top with fitness which is how Warrior trained himself to be. It doesn’t need to be taken literally but just being satisfied with how your life is going. We all need to be better though because we learn and evolve always.

Warrior was alone at the top with his disciplined mindset and his spiritual beliefs. Am sure others like myself understand but at the time of sharing his points of view back then, all alone. He totally echoed other great spiritual thinkers and some I follow today. When I first discovered their teachings several years ago, Warrior’s philosophies sounded so much like work they were putting out into the world. So alone? Maybe not totally but to others outside that thinking, yep.

It’s ok to be alone in your thoughts but we do enjoy sharing with like minds. I am grateful to be able to do that now as these past years of gaining or remembering different beliefs have been a struggle. I do like my alone time but some are afraid of it. The mind will wander, oh no.., Warrior wasn’t afraid of that, I’m not either. We are social creatures but NEED time by ourselves even though some may not know what to do. Being at the top will be different for every single person with how you view that idea. If you give your best and be yourself, you’ll know you were at the top when it’s time to hit that pillow at night.

Just because you achieved that dream, wish, or goal doesn’t mean it’s all over. Plan a new one, keep going, and of course- always believe. Take that time to relax if at the top or even at the top alone. You will know what both of those mean and how to interpret them. The running can be fun but know when to slow down once something is caught. The Ultimate Warrior’s running will always be remembered as his time alone at the top wasn’t long. He needed to be alone to use his mind and attained the top win of all. Whatever your goals, be the warrior you need to be to make them come true.

P.S. Wasn’t gonna have a PS this week but just thought of something… Maybe it was Warrior inspired…. Well, his top win of all involved getting that heavyweight title BUT I can hear him saying what his REAL top win was: his girls… πŸ’•

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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

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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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The Three Jims…

I bet I fooled you all with this title. It isn’t about Warrior in the way you might think. πŸ€”After a few emotional weeks of writing, I’m back to a simpler one in a way. It’s much needed for me personally as I often thought of three other Jims in our lives. A few years back, I wrote about “The James Boys” regarding my son’s friends I was chaperoning for a school field trip. What a fun day that was. Well, that got me thinking of adult Jims that just happened to be in my husband’s life and mine. Could this even be a post? It is now and I needed a lighter topic anyway. Here’s the stories of our three Jims. *** Don’t worry, no mention of those other Jims on “Dark Side of the Ring.” Not those at all.., πŸ™„

When my husband was in middle and high school playing football, he had a best friend named Jim. They were super close and remained friends despite attending different colleges. He has so many pictures of them together just hanging out at each other’s houses. I loved knowing it all. Years later, my husband was best man in his 1st wedding and then he was best man in ours. Jim later remarried and had a daughter shortly after our son was born. I became friends with his second wife and visited when we could since they were out of town. They still kept in touch until early last year when things changed.

Jim had many issues over the years which caused much pain in various ways with his life. Politically, he and my husband disagreed tremendously but still seemed close. Jim then “unfriended” and also “blocked” my husband from facebook as it worsened. His marriage was falling apart and he was living elsewhere. He wouldn’t return phone calls either. My husband was devastated to hear all this and has lost contact with him pretty much. This is sad, I know πŸ˜₯but the Jim connection was there. It was there for over 30 years.

Another Jim in his life for a long while was a roommate he had over 25 years ago to share house expenses with. This guy is Jim B. number 2! No joke, both last names with a B. He was originally from South Dakota and we visited his family back in 2016 on our way to Keystone. That’s when my daughter found an Indiana quarter which is told in my book Spirit and Belief. Fun little tidbit… After being in Ohio many years, meeting his wife, and having three kids, he finally got transferred back to his hometown of Sioux Falls. They love it out there and I did too. Great family and my husband still has HIM on facebook. They keep in touch thru texting or phone calls sometimes too.

For me, I knew a Jim D. He was my boss at the second preschool I worked at for almost 8 years. We had our share of ups and downs but he was part of my life with lots of memories- good and bad. He could be a little “shady” with some personal aspects of his life but us teachers stood firm. I’d stand up to him many times as the warrior in me needed to do over various tasks. I’ve mentioned this Jim before as that school was in a few dreams of mine involving Warrior and Randy. He shook Randy’s hand as I will always remember. This was the school where we built obstacle courses and things like that. It was very different for me but so exciting too. The school is still there and I pass it on occasion. We bring our memories wherever we go, all of them.

These three Jims all remained in our lives for a while and created longevity just like another “Jim” did for me when I was a teen. Many years may pass, we lose contact, but always remember. Maybe we reconnect, maybe we don’t. My husband only has one Jim actively in his life now and I have one as well which you all know to be Warrior. I just remembered another Jim… His name is Jim Johnston and he is the gifted musician who created the Ultimate Warrior’s theme music of “Unstable.”

Maybe some of you have Jims in your life too. I hope they bring you more good memories than bad since that’s how it should be. Your Jims won’t be like mine but we all have one that is ultimately the same. Sure, he’ll always be Warrior to us and that’s ok. I just wanted to share a little of our Jims besides Warrior with all of you.

My husband and I both only have one Jim who we connect with anymore but for me, it’s in a different way now. One was famous, the other one not but the longevity will always remain with both. My son had his James Boys and we have the grown up Jims. Sometimes those adults named Jim could be difficult but they also showed their caring side. We have so many differences yet can be alike too. I’ve liked all the Jims in my life despite their flaws. I know they like me too despite mine. Thank you Jims for making me see all sides and especially thank you Warrior for all of yours. Whether he’s James, Jim, or Warrior- he’s all three to me. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

P.S. I do have to add yet ANOTHER Jim to this group! The mayor of our town is Jim G. Get this– my husband went to high school also with him and they lifted together in the weight room! πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Oh, my brother’s middle name is James and we are very close. πŸ˜‰Guess it’s the FIVE Jims after all!

*** WOW— my YouTube video on the Ultimate Warrior A&E bio has close to 800 views in a few weeks. Thank you to all those who left positive comments. I am truly humbled and thank you for being true fans of Warrior. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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Never a Hiatus…

This post is a little bit of a follow-up concerning last week’s where I discussed the A&E Ultimate Warrior biography. ***BTW***~~~the video I made about my thoughts on that has almost 600 views in one week! I am ultimately floored. Thank you all and for the comments. I read each one… I’ll link the video at the end.

I had mentioned near the end of last week about PTSD and how I believe that could’ve been a factor for many of the wrestlers back then. Again, my view. Today, probably not so much as the pressure isn’t quite the same. Pro-wrestling never takes a hiatus like other sports or even T.V. shows. Most competitive sports have their 3-4 months of time and then they are done for a bit. The other shows we watch on T.V. are similar with their episodes running for a season and then they break. Remember back when if you missed a certain episode, no big deal? You’d just catch it again in the summer when they air all the repeats. Now, we have DVR ( which I don’t) and even original summer programming. You may never find that lost episode again unless you pay extra πŸ’΅to buy it.

I have noticed on occasion ( no, I don’t watch often) but the wrestling shows may air an episode twice for an “encore presentation” but I believe this to be if there is a holiday or anything like that. Correct me if I’m wrong. Other than that, nope- they are “on” all the time. Warrior rarely took any hiatus during his first few years in the company which was how it needed to be so he could get “over.” Some performers may strive to always be on while others may not. Sure, personally they can get breaks like a “fake suspension” or something and take a vacation. Also, some have filmed a reality show or even needed to be gone because of a movie deal. That was basically unheard of then and very different today indeed. Not to mention possible injuries.

I believe the freshness of the shows also keeps fans coming back. They know it’ll be new, exciting, and filled with the drama of entertainment. On the other hand, there is such pressure because of little downtime or just relaxing with something we’ve seen before. How does this never having a hiatus affect the athletes and staff? Well, that’s hard to say because I’m not part of it all. Some love always being in that spotlight but then others like their time away. Producing that many shows, having new content, or even traveling may take its toll with everyone involved.

I have said this before but again- so glad Warrior didn’t have kids when he was in the business. It would be that much harder I think leaving them but most guys probably got used to it. Possibly also when coming home, they would get busy with being a Dad again which could’ve helped their mentality. That would work in their favor but it also may not. After being gone for a while, do they remember the kids routines or schedules? Do they want to? Some may have even not been as busy and started to think about the business of wrestling again, training, missing the excitement and on and on. The roar of your kids at home may not be the same as the roar of the crowd in an arena. It can be the same as women now but I’m talking Warrior time here. Some even have met in the business and became a couple.

Could having kids though have helped Warrior be “Dad” instead of the “Ultimate Warrior” when he came home? It’s hard to say so I won’t. I do believe PTSD affects more people than just our military personnel. Yes, they would be affected the most but on some levels it can be an issue mentally. I am not comparing those in the military to wrestlers at all and PTSD psychologically with what they go thru but there are similarities in many ways. Having to be at the top and often does take its toll and it will without a hiatus very much. Think about all the emergency response members throughout the height of the pandemic. It affected them too.

This poses the question to all you warriors. Do you take a hiatus when needed or do you keep striving without rarely stopping? We all need breaks and we need them before being forced or before our health is involved. Take that downtime however you feel because it will matter. Being a pro-athlete, T.V. star, or anything connected to fame does make this all different with how you view success. It’s your timeline and your choice. Just make sure you become prepared to handle the business end and the hiatus end with a balance. It needs to be in every area as our lives depend on it. I am NOT saying any wrestler ever had PTSD at all, just connectors.

Without wrestling taking a hiatus, it will influence their lives in many ways opposite ours. They need to make decisions to stay mentally balanced as well. Whatever your life path, take a rest, break, hiatus, or anything that moves you in another direction for a while. Without it, you will find things extremely challenging in this life. Warrior did take those hiatuses for different reasons and I am glad he did. I didn’t know what I know now. The shows may never take a hiatus but as people, it’s a must.

P.S. Here’s the link on my thoughts about the Ultimate Warrior bio:

https://youtu.be/cMRJp-pwQuo

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P.P.S. Oh, I realized we don’t carry the VICE network so couldn’t watch “Dark Side of the Ring’s” Becoming Warrior. BUT, I did watch after seeing it posted on a U.W. fb group. This was different than the A&E bio…

*** Despite all that was said by others, ( which most stuff by the guys I knew of already πŸ™„πŸ˜‘) I am glad his humor was mentioned. That I will say. We are ALL capable of doing great things as Warrior had said. Listen to your inner self, not outer critics.

*** Just because I watched this, doesn’t mean I am anti-Warrior or anti-Dana at all. That will NEVER EVER be. I am stronger mentally and emotionally now so I needed to prove it. πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’™πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’ͺ🏻

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The Warrior Biography…

Well, here we go warriors. I decided to give my views on WWE’s A &E biography about the Ultimate Warrior. There were so many comments on several social media sites including a few groups I belong to. I have a feeling they will go on for a while.., This Thurs., the VICE network is airing “Becoming Warrior” as part of their “Dark Side of the Ring” Series. Am sure that will be highly negative from previews I have seen so we’ll find out. I’ll let you know if I watch. 😬

To begin with, I wasn’t that emotional at all although did have some moments the next day when it hit me more. *** SPOILER ALERT*** here for anyone not having viewed it yet. My husband was in the room, headphones on and watching another show on his tablet. He knew enough for him but still is kinda clueless. He asked if Indy ( Warrior’s oldest daughter) was his wife and if Sting was him! πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈThat’s ok, he made me laugh. I did have to turn away from parts like the casket and snake stuff. Still don’t want to look at that. Also, had to turn away from his last RAW speech. Too emotional for me always.

I do like learning new info so loved seeing his Mom talk about him even though there were tough times. Very glad also to see Coach Pate from Warrior’s High School and an old friend of his too. I loved that. Those people genuinely cared about “Jim” as he cared about them.

So many things I would’ve liked to see that weren’t mentioned at all. How about WMVII? No clips of that in Randy’s bio either, hmmm… why not? That Career Ending Retirement match stole the Heavyweight match’s thunder. Maybe that’s why. Also, no WCW run albeit a short one and I know Warrior disliked that time but still part of his career. I was thinking also Triple H might’ve spoken about WMXII ( which could’ve been negative) BUT he was instrumental in bringing Warrior back and into the HOF. Yeah, where was that? Warrior DID have friends in the business( I can list plenty!) – aww- thanks Shane McMahon and WAS (still is as a Spirit) funny! Maybe that could’ve softened the “loner” factor or drug angle some. True fans would love that aspect besides the family love of Dana and the girls. His later life of art and motivational ( not political) speeches were great also but I realize two hours is way too short!

Most were discussing the “apology video” which I had heard about as well. That boy in the airport has been talked about for a while now. I found out he was the kid of a big head honcho at the network of syndication which was a huge deal. Bret Hart has even mentioned this ugh… Well, all of them were under tremendous pressure, overworked, or exhausted and probably didn’t always want to talk to fans- even little ones. Warrior didn’t like being approached and they knew this already.

I realize it’s “business” but perhaps another idea could’ve worked better. If that exec wanted a “video apology” maybe a compromise? Record it privately, send it to him, and give some autograph pics. Maybe even meet face to face. That just made Warrior more frustrated. Yes, the business stuff was difficult for Warrior but another solution probably could’ve worked that would be in agreement with all. Maybe not but that’s just my take.

Another aspect is the different drugs which some might have been familiar with that Warrior took besides steroids. Others may have taken them too for anxiety, depression, pain, etc. Was he diagnosed with anxiety or depression? I don’t know but that lifestyle was so different to maintain along with your sanity. Nowadays, they have counselors to help with this but back then, not so much.

When you are performing at that level, much is expected of you professionally and you have to always be your best. Physically, emotionally, mentally- it all matters. Who are we to judge? Of course I wish he didn’t have to go thru that but it humanizes him. How would we react to that situation of fame? Demons from our past will always be there. We need to work thru them to heal and unless we do, they will manifest in ugly ways. I am grateful for his sacrifices and have compassion for anyone struggling.

The last thing I will mention is his UCONN speech of 2005 about the gay population. It was relieving to hear Dana say how he did feel bad about the statement. We all have said or done things we cannot take back or get into a heated argument with another. His comments started a huge debate that still rages with internet trolling today. I personally believe he could’ve worded it better based on his own beliefs but he always said what he thought. I also personally believe one comment should not define someone. Yes, Warrior said many things over the years but this one is so memorable. Again, we can say our opinions as that is our right. Agree or not, it shouldn’t make one call another such foul language that isn’t even human. Some had said such vile things about Warrior and this topic. I’m not defending his statement but just having respect for an opinion. Move on. Our lives deserve better attention than comments made.

O.K., whew… That was enough. A side note here is this: many wrestlers probably suffered from PTSD with having been on the road and then coming home. Their character becomes such a part of them which can be quite challenging. Portraying that character for a duration would put stress on anyone trying to be different at home. Again, just my thoughts here…

I did enjoy the biography but still believe more HAPPY could’ve been in it. It took Warrior a long time to get there but he finally did. He shouldn’t have felt like he had to prove his happiness later on but he always did. He also shouldn’t have watched the “Self-Destruction” DVD and perhaps I shouldn’t watch “Becoming Warrior” either… If I do, I won’t let it destroy me. The Warrior in me loves the Warrior in him and that is nor will it ever be destroyed…

P.S. This was REALLY hard for me to write as I have never addressed some of these topics. I won’t anymore. The bio was a long time coming and for me, it’s been a year and a half since my “Wild Warrior Buffalo Dream” which connects to this. Onto other posts!

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