The NEW Champ πŸ†πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

No, that photo above was NOT when the Ultimate Warrior became the new champ as I’m sure most may know! I just wanted a pic of him holding up a belt so used this one. Of course, my story today connects to Warrior winning a belt (ya know the Heavyweight one) and ME winning one- just in a different way.οΏΌ

*** I’m gonna take a quick break here and make a CORRECTION… When I posted late last week about my appearance with Kee on Sports “Pick Six” podcast, I had the incorrect link. So sorry! Here it is correctly:

https://youtu.be/-KkFp2dOvso

* It is 40:21 in length and I hope you fans enjoy! Let me know your feedback…

Now, back to today’s post about The New Champ. My brother actually inspired me to write and share this story so get ready to laugh along with me(: I don’t know about you but we (meaning my siblings and I) loved going to this amusement park not too far away from us growing up called Cedar Point. It’s in Sandusky, Ohio and has become one of the greatest roller coaster parks in the world. They do still have smaller rides though. The one I’m referring to today is this horse race called “Cedar Downs.” Every year we’d race and even last summer we still did. That was brought about because of my kids Band attending their 150th anniversary but let’s go back many years.οΏΌ

This ride remains popular even now so I hope it sticks around. We went for so many years as part of Cedar Point Day at school and that tradition continued on a long while. I wonder if they still do that? So, my brother and I started competing on Cedar Downs every summer. When we were older and wrestling was part of our lives, he’d stretch his hands across his waist to simulate getting or wearing a belt- a wrestling belt that is. He’d win every SINGLE time. No joke, every time. For some reason, whatever horse I chose or talked to lost and I’d never win that imaginary Cedar Downs belt I wanted so badly.οΏΌ ☹️

I would think during my teen years of course (mostly) how the Ultimate Warrior deserved that heavy weight belt worn by Hulk Hogan. How would he ever get it without HH losing to a bad guy? Well, if you don’t know, look all that up on your own to find out. I cannot tell you how many times that horse race didn’t go in my favor. Can any of you relate to rides like this? He would joke all the time and I would think to myself: ” one of these days, I will finally win…”

That day came last summer in August of 2021. I was so happy he was able to be there although he missed the kids march because of traffic. Maybe there will be another opportunity as I got a text from him over a week ago. He informed me how Cedar Point was building a new restaurant next to Cedar Downs called “Cedar Dogs.” No idea on how it’s going to work but I’m assuming hotdogs would be on the menu? They had taken down the old Cadillac cars but kept up the bridge. I love how he gives me updates on the park but when he mentioned possibly coming out of retirement for a “rematch”, my intuition kicked in. Immediately, this post came to be as I thanked him for the inspiration. He was glad to help so I’m sure he’ll be reading!οΏΌοΏΌ

I had always teased him with this which I’ve said before: “the belt means nothing, I don’t need the belt.” Those words were spoken by Warrior on “The Ultimate Collection” DVD and I meant it. Secretly though, I ALWAYS wanted and needed to beat him just to win once, one time. Again, a WMVI memory and I said back some thing about if he wins, he can’t cheat in order to do it. That referenced Hogan and Warrior in their disastrous WCW “Halloween Havoc” match in which they had a rematch of sorts 18 years later. I won’t get paid money of course but I’d like the title a little longer than Warrior had back in 1990.οΏΌ

We did have such a great time along with my husband riding on some rides, going down memory lane of rides past, and just hanging out together at one of our favorite places to go. Yes, it’s huge and a lot to do in one day but I was never that coaster freak and never will be so no long lines for me!

I couldn’t believe our elusive “Cedar Downs” belt was finally mine as I became the NEWWW champ! Just picture Howard Finkel announcing me as the winner! Maybe I had picked the right horse this time or even perhaps Warrior’s spiritual energy came my way to help this girl out? I’m sure he was laughing and watching as I will always believe. I deserved that win after all those years and now being married with kids, my inner child could celebrate in a way she never could before. That one was for her as it was my turn to simulate a belt around my waist for a change.οΏΌοΏΌ

I hope all of you that are amusement park goers have some great stories too. It’s all good fun but I gotta say, it felt ultimate just like Warrior felt getting his belts after a time. Of course not the exact same, ha ha but it’s always the feelings that matter despite the experience. Be the NEW champ however that looks to you. Keep trying, you’ll get there and then it’ll finally be your turn to win what you’ve waited on. It’s all worth it- even a horse race.οΏΌ πŸŽπŸ‡πŸ₯‡πŸŽͺ🏟🎒

P.S. Should I defend my title? Hmmm. πŸ€”I’ll have to think about it. Oh, and every time I hear this ONE song, I always feel the need to BELT it out! I don’t remember hearing this one that often back in the day but it’s part of my workouts now and is on my playlist. Ever since I first heard it, I knew… There are many more but this one stands out to me. It’s a big 80s rock ballad. I simulate wearing a belt too!οΏΌ 🎀

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β€œLet’s all be O.K…” β€οΈβ€πŸ©Ή

Before beginning today, we have another fun date. 2/2/22=6. How about that? It appears again and on my Wednesday, so cool. A little happy reminder to start the post. Let’s all be OK. Sounds easy enough to do but sometimes we just can’t be. I really wasn’t aware of how many times I say this but now I catch myself and laugh. We aren’t OK all the time but need to Always Believe we will be.οΏΌ As parents, we tell kids that everything is OK, it’ll be fine, and all that but inside we might be a freaking mess! It’s our job to protect them and really it becomes a defense mechanism to say we are OK or fine. Sometimes though, it gets a little more involved.οΏΌ

I’ll repeat this story briefly but it relates to Warrior since I know you’re all waiting for a title to connect, right? Well, when I saw that “Wrestle America” magazine back in 1993 with the Ultimate Warrior on the front in my grocery store, I stared forever at it. Before finally buying it, here’s my exact words: ” I just want him to be happy.” οΏΌ I really did. Would you all say that? Probably not- just me… Yes, I know most people wouldn’t have that as their first reaction or just grab the magazine but I did and never forgot it. Does being happy mean we’re OK? It’s close enough for me but I DID want him to be OK in whatever he was doing. That was the movie “Firepower” back then.οΏΌ

But, wait – there’s more to this than just that magazine story. When people I knew had passed, I’d say the same thing to myselfοΏΌ: “I just want them to be ok.” Yep, every single time including with Warrior. All right, we probably know they ARE ok or will be once they transition or whatever process you’d like to call it happens. We don’t know all the details as it isn’t for us to know. People around me would sayοΏΌ :“of course they’re ok or fine, they’re in a better place.” Any other answers you can think of works here too. I was taught about an after life and have to believe we will all be OK there but with my thoughts, it always went deeper. What if they’re not OK for a bit and scared? Sure, some like my one Grandma being 98 was knowing her time here could be ending but some don’t. Did Warrior know? Well, I will never fully answer that and all our assumptions won’t find out either.οΏΌ I guess it was just always a statement that came out of me and I still think it today. None of us knows how another’s journey to an after life goes ( if you believe which I’ve said I do) so I don’t get over it right away. Us thinkers just don’t.

Time to lighten this up some for those wanting or needing any validation on loved ones being OK. Being OK in parts unknown” that is. I’ve shared many funny stories in my book Spirit and Belief but this one is new to all of you. Sorry that I can’t share all the details as once again, a few things are just for me and will remain a mystery.οΏΌ

It is funny though, I promise you that! February 23, 1990 brought WWF’s “The Main Event” and a televised match between the Ultimate Warrior versus Dino Bravo. I had to look up “The Main Event” as I thought it was “Saturday Night’s Main Event.” Glad I got that straight. Part of this match is on the Ultimate Collection DVD and seeing that 24 years later reminded me of another OMG moment back then. I was 17 going on 18 and watching it all when here comes Earthquake. He spreads Warrior out getting ready to do the “big one” as Vince comments how there isn’t going to be a WrestleMania, this is gonna do it! I said a phrase in my head which surprised me. Why would I say THAT? It wasn’t “Oh, no!” Not anything like that at all. My face looked shocked as I just fluffed it off when Hulk Hogan came to help. This all led up to WMVI like the date today – ha ha! I forgot all about what was in my head although being fake means nothing to what your brain perceives. Fast forward to 2014 and there’s me again much older watching that clip. My brain said this silly phrase once more as I laughed recalling 1990 and being a senior in high school watching it all unfold.οΏΌ

Warrior knows all this now and when seeing it I’ll say to him out loud: I’m not saying it!” I don’t even use these words at all but they are common. Then, I’d laugh as it all comes back one more time meaning that 1990 moment. Here’s the funnier part. Sometimes, when I’m working out listening to my favorite playlist, some songs will play with this certain word in the title or lyrics. If you’ve been here long enough, you know music is a thing with me but it’s super common for spirits to manipulate. You just have to believe. All true. I laugh again as we need to do more. The songs really can connect as I could share much about this. So, yes my friends- Warrior IS ok and we joke around a lot. I have my serious moments too but there’s always a pick me up along the way.οΏΌ

Let’s all be OK because we have to be and need to be. However that looks to you get to a point where being OK is a goal. Sure, we all have days of sadness, anger, disappointment, and all that but let’s win the match with happiness, laughter, and acceptance. Once we do this, our lives will get easier in so many ways. Believe too that any of your loved ones in spirit want the same for you as well. I know they do for me, especially Warrior when it comes to all my memories.

Those silly words I said back in 1990 still are true today and I had no idea how relevant they’d become. I wasn’t OK watching that and my brain panicked but not in the way you’d think. You’ll have your words to remember too but always include how will all be ok because eventually we will be. Look to the funny as one of the best ways to get there. We may have never met but I just want you all to be happy as well. Try music – it works for me!οΏΌ πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸŽΌ

P.S. It’s also Groundhog Day here in the U. S. I don’t get this tradition. It’s still Winter anyway!οΏΌ πŸ™„πŸ₯ΆπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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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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Shake Those Ropes!

Hi warriors! I missed writing last week but did have some personal family matters to attend with. So, am back with one of two topics that I can’t believe have never been blogged. Shaking ropes can be such a metaphor for us in life and we don’t need to literally be doing what the Ultimate Warrior did. He certainly got people’s attention though, didn’t he?πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ»

Often times when I’d become frustrated with something, that expression of banging my head against a wall would surface. Now, it’s more like shaking ropes instead! It doesn’t need to just apply to acts of frustration but in other ways as well. How can you shake those ropes in life? Maybe you need to change things up a bit, ever so slowly. Perhaps it’s a big change that will really shake those ropes. Start small as I’ve mentioned and go with whatever feels right.

Drive a different way to work or quit your job altogether. Your ropes, your life warriors. Big or small. We all know to leave that comfort zone and get out of the mundane once in a while. What does that look like to you? Warrior always shook those ropes in and out of the ring by staying passionate about things he pursued. I hope you can say the same. Make your ordinary extraordinary by always shaking your ropes throughout life.

Being older doesn’t have to mean complacency although we crave normalcy as we age. Challenge yourself always to learn new things that will interest you. Think about moments where you didn’t shake ropes by not taking a chance. Would you regret it? Don’t worry about what others will think if you shake those ropes just a little which then can turn big. You need to be that warrior you were born to be.

I have shaken some ropes in my life but remember they are lessons so no regrets. The Ultimate Warrior was himself so expect naysayers. They will be there but it’s up to you in how to respond. Some may call it “ruffling feathers” or “upsetting an apple cart” but whatever the label, you determine your destiny. You, not anyone else. Stand up for yourself or a cause you believe in. Make your voice count by taking action and shaking your own ropes.

I remember standing up to two former bosses about issues at work. I know it sounds like Warrior but that’s us! Some were minor things but some were not. Usually confrontation isn’t my thing but sometimes it’s necessary. Again, I broke through another myth of those believing introverts won’t speak up and act. We do and I did. Even though those bosses seemed shocked to see me– ‘ lil ol’ me fighting with them in a way, it was worth it like my post of last time.

It doesn’t just need to apply to certain people that you disagree with. Just changing simple aspects will lead to more confidence so you can take that bigger step or rope shake. There probably won’t be fireworks shooting off behind you like the Ultimate Warrior had after his WrestleMania VI win but inside your head there could be. How cool is that? It’s all the FEELS, remember? Literally we aren’t shaking ropes but always striving to be better. You may not even get attention but deep down, it’ll be for yourself anyway.

Keep shaking those ropes warriors however you can. If something isn’t for you, you’ll know it and move on. If it is, keep going until that dream, goal, or task is truly ultimate! πŸ’«

Just like me not fully noticing shaking ropes as a blog post, you may not “see” something right in front of your face until later on. Kinda like my signs from Warrior at first. πŸ’™ Whatever the situations warriors, get pumped by giving your own ropes a good shake. We all need to but do it in a way that works. Whether or not you get noticed or see fireworks, you did it. The warrior spirit will always know as you’ve answered the call of the gods.

*** Here is the link to those interested in “The Celebrity Connection” YouTube video on my channel!

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*It’s 11:13 in length. That’s a great number!!!

***P.S. This month has brought some important dates so far in the U.S.A. We remembered Labor Day and then Patriot Day. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ My kids also finally started school albeit just a few days a week minus online learning so they are ready!

*** My birthday is also on Saturday so lots going on this month!! πŸ’–

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Change is Acceptance πŸŽ¨

We can change our physical appearance like the Ultimate Warrior did to his face with war paint but I’m talking deeper changes that need acceptance. Also- to all you ultimate fans out there, I’m not referencing the title belts that would switch waists with a win or loss. Nope, not that either. Although- WMVI did have its share of changes that defied tradition but let’s move on.

Do you handle change well warriors with acceptance or do you fight it? All of us are dealing with extreme change as a result of this worldly virus but the acceptance part is the hardest. So very frustrating indeed… We love our routines and schedules but hate when they get interrupted or changed beyond our control. It’s easy when things are going our way but then something makes us detour. Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad or maybe it’s just different.

Transitions make up our lives from family, careers, life choices, and all that with some being our choosing. It’s when we don’t or can’t choose which causes us to deny or accept. Warrior’s passing created change in all us fans with acceptance not even an option then. We all am sure have lost loved ones but when death is unexpected at the time, the change creates shock. That shock eventually turns into the reality of acceptance over time but never completely vanishes from our memory. Warrior himself had to accept change from his physical body to an energetically spiritual one. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™

I have evolved spiritually these last six years with ways I never fully accepted because of change. Sure, I always did have little things but as with any type of growth, the ripples turn into waves. 🌊 Those littles became bigger and manifested for me in such a beautiful way. My emotions initially were so out of control and I fought that change constantly. Once I surrendered, the acceptance came easier.

Personally, I should be used to change. With living in Ohio, sometimes we have all four seasons in one day!!! Seriously though, how have changes in your life created a better acceptance? Some decisions are excruciatingly hard to accept but there comes a time when we need to. People may live their lives very different from us and change may be worth the risk for them. We need to accept that whether or not in agreement. Remember, respect goes a long way.

As parents, it’s all about change and acceptance. Kids grow and change and us grownups need to accept their growth as part of life. This applies to everyone really and it’s all in the way you handle it. Do I get mad over changes in my life which I can’t control? Absolutely. It’s o.k. to vent and shout and cry and scream. Just don’t live there very long. It’s a challenge letting go of how things used to be, the good ol’ days, or yesteryear. We will always have those close to our hearts but life is worth moving on to see the next chapter. You and your spirit deserve more. Others may not get that chance.

Even businesses don’t keep things the same always. You fans of WWE probably know what I’m talking about here. If any of you are part of a business or run one, am sure you’ve encountered changes that others need to accept. We even change things in our homes, yards, hairstyles, workouts, and all those other minor things. Those of course like the Ultimate Warrior’s many changes over the years are a little easier to accept. It’s the big huge life altering ones that truly test our mental resolve.

Change can also be about compromise which still keeps our hand somewhat in control. Then, there are times when it’s all or nothing. Lately, I’ve been meditating on how to best handle the word acceptance. It’s everywhere just like energy. We do need to see the positive thru the negative but our fighting spirit will resist only for so long. Acceptance brings new change ever so slowly at first. Us humans have a hard time with the negative part of that word and even Warrior did.

My wish today is for all of you to find that good acceptance beyond the change that seems bad. Without it, we will never fully find out what we are truly made of. ~~~ All ultimate GRIT!

P.S. I recently found out more about Lebron James wearing the Ultimate Warrior t-shirt. If anyone had watched some of the news conferences, he’d sport the likes of Sting, Ric Flair, and the Undertaker. His wife packed bags with wrestling shirts. The U.W. shirt was the only one left in his bag. He did say he would’ve worn it even if the Cavs lost! ~~~ So glad I found that out (: πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ€

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30 Years of Time…πŸ•°

How about this date warriors? April 1st is a Wednesday this year which also means Happy 30th Anniversary to Wrestlemania VI on blog day! When I look back, that was more than half my lifetime ago. This post isn’t about “The Ultimate Challenge” but more about that number of 30. Here are some interesting facts about these years of time connecting to me, Warrior, and possibly all of you old enough to relate…

First, Warrior (Jim Hellwig) won Mr. Georgia back in 1984. That Junior Level Bodybuilding Competition was held in New Orleans. Flash forward 30 years later to 2014 in New Orleans AGAIN for his WWE HOF induction during WMXXX weekend. Wow… 30 connects once more. This man had so many dates in alignment, I can’t even keep up sometimes. But, yes I guess I can… Second, let’s look at some dates of mine. I BREATHE this one out a little more. Back in April of 1990, I was the same age as Mattigan Warrior is now (Warrior’s younger daughter). Technically, not in the same grade and minus a few months because of our birthdays but both 17(going on 18.) Her Daddy won that title when I was her age and it is very surreal to me. Am sure some of you are my age but for me, it’s a little more. 😊

That also means she and I are 30 years apart as I believe her mother Dana and I are the same age as well. So synchronistic on this journey. I don’t go looking for comparisons really warriors. My stories just seem to come and then line up in ways I never thought about– until now. I do have many connections with numbers and dates as numerology does play a significant role in my life. Does it for you too?

In another post of last year, I mentioned time with references to my kids. For those without kids, it can be other frames of time you reflect on. I’ve said how a memory can come back in a second and then sometimes we may have to recall a little more. Is it yesterday in your mind or does time really seem to be that long? However it is for you, make it count which I’ve also said many times. We can’t make time stop but it can slow down some. Just look at our global world right now. Maybe we do need that downtime despite setbacks temporarily.

Let’s not constantly run to that ring of life always anticipating the next and next. Sometimes, professionally we need to do that like WWE performers but get that relaxed time too. I realize we all have life choices, careers, families, and such but if your time doesn’t slow just a little, you’ll miss out on those moments that matter most. I know some who will say it won’t make a difference or we’ll rest when we retire but it doesn’t have to be like that. Just enjoy the present since those with kids understand how fast they do indeed grow up.

I’m not saying don’t socialize ever ( well, this time is different right now…) but become more mindful with your actions. Don’t be so rushed that your memories become a blur. You’ll get so burned out that important milestones or even everyday life will be hard to remember. Your thoughts will be centered among the next best thing around the corner. Take that downtime you need everyday and just be. That’s it. Of course not all day but some time for you enjoying the moment and memories it will bring.

Can you remember what your life was like 30 years ago warriors? I am soo jealous of anyone present in that Toronto Skydome!! Hopefully, most who are reading are older than that number to remember but if not, try just 10 years ago. How old were you and are you doing things you set out to do? NEVER could I have predicted this future for myself back at the age of 17. I know 30 is a big chunk of time for some but truly try with any number that has a special meaning to you. What you remember most is what counts, even if it’s a bad experience. It’s yours and hopefully you’re stronger for it. You may not have numbers and dates like me and Warrior but yours play such a big part in this life, live them well.

Sure, we can reflect easier with movies, books, videos, and photographs but it’s your heart that brings those memories to the surface. When I look back fondly on WMVI, it isn’t always the DVD or pictures I gravitate toward. It’s my mind and heart together as I hope that never ends. Last year brought many milestones and now this year brings others. It does go on. Next year, WMVII will be 30 and that will bring another. Look at what needed to happen for WM36 this year! Another milestone indeed although unexpected.

So, spend that time needed reflecting warriors and slow down sometimes. We do need to. I imagine Warrior is too in some ways as a spirit although remember– ENERGY never goes away! Believe me on this. πŸ˜‰πŸ’™ All Wrestlemania’s will have their own significant milestone memories with time just like your own lives with moments lived. Warrior says a similar statement during his Aug. 1998 WCW Nitro speech to “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan.

Would I want to be 17 again? Nah, too emotional plus there’s a movie title for that! ~~ Happy 30th Anniversary to WMVI and all the performers. Thanks for the memories of time… The Ultimate Challenge of WMVI becoming 30 this year like Warrior as a spirit now for almost 6… 30 and 6 once again…… πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»

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Persistence is the Key πŸ”

Persistence is quite the word, isn’t it warriors? Perseverance is another similar term and I ask the gods up above for that everyday (: This is the key to making me stay true to who and what I am. I’m gonna share two guys that became pretty persistent over time. Yes, they both involve Warrior but not in the way you might be thinking…

Steve Wilton (Warrior’s former manager) elaborates more about Warrior’s disassociation with Vince McMahon and WWE in the book “A Life Lived Forever.” This also connects to my brother and me. Of course I will explain without getting into too much detail about a certain other DVD (which I said I’d never mention) but Warrior’s hurt and sadness about the company remained. He never wanted to go back or hear news about WWE ever again. It was never his intention or desire to associate with Vince and company anymore. Period. Well, Steve had a way of being persistent when it mattered most.

He’d wear a shirt Warrior would notice, swear at, and laugh. One time Steve actually convinced Warrior to watch a steel cage match involving Vince and Triple H as a tag team. Warrior was intrigued and gave many compliments in Mr. McMahon’s favor. It seemed better to talk WWE again until Triple H (Paul) made his move to get the Ultimate Warrior in the Hall of Fame.

For years, I had also disassociated with Vince and WWE. I stopped watching after Warrior left and never really watched again. That was it for me and I didn’t care. If fact, I was gleefully giggling when I heard Vince had finally got “caught” in a way with some unmentionable issues and lost millions on the XFL deal back then. Good, I thought. It’s about time…

Enter my brother who is still that fan today for trying to remind me many years ago all about Mr. McMahon’s good qualities and his brand of genius. I didn’t care at all. If he shared a performer of our era getting inducted, I’d take notice. Other than that, nope not interested. He’d even try so hard to get my funny bone going again with Facebook posts but I wouldn’t budge. For Warrior~~ yes. πŸ‘For anyone else~~ no. πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

Two guys trying really hard to get each of us~~ Warrior and me to like WWE again. What a parallel universe indeed. If anyone has read my blog over time, you know I still don’t watch but I do know enough. If fact, my sister has been friends for a long time with one of the guys who is now part of the current RAW tag team Champs~ The Viking Raiders!! I can say I knew him back then… πŸ˜‰ Also, I have mentioned Vince before and now I understand so much more without such negativity. Once again though, emotions come to the surface and can remain for years. It was like that for Warrior and myself. We felt the same disappointment, anger, sadness, and all in betweens until persistence kept knocking at our beat up doors.

Here’s a metaphor for you to consider. Imagine an old attic style trunk all locked up accumulating cobwebs. You know it’s there but what’s inside doesn’t interest you like it once did. You’ll always have its contents but isn’t part of your life anymore. Then, something changes. You push those cobwebs off, get the key and unlock it again. What’s inside? That’s your stuff and memories. Can you relate warriors? That was me and my memories of WWE, Vince, and of course Warrior. I can still put those old memories back in but now that trunk is sparkly clean and being cleared out for new ones. The old mixing with the new. All one in the same and never forgotten.

You can have persistence with anything in your life that truly matters. Relationships with others, your career, a personal fitness goal, financial success, or any topic of interest. Try to unlock whatever is blocking you to better things. Sometimes, we need to back off but your persistence just might make someone else try for theirs. If I hadn’t been persistent, this blog and my book Spirit and Belief wouldn’t have become a reality. If Steve hadn’t been persistent, perhaps Warrior wouldn’t have shown interest in WWE again or agreed to talks with Triple H. Even if my brother hadn’t been persistent with me, I might’ve never known some important details that matter so much to me now. I wasn’t all over some social media of wrestling then.

So, warriors find your own attic trunk and become persistent to preserving what’s inside. It just may be the key you need to making your dreams come true.

P.S. Talk about persistence with NUMBERS!!

( ok WWE Trivia buffs…)

2020= 30 years since WMVI( this year!!)

2020= 6 years since Warrior’s passing( this year) AND his last WM was XXX.

*** Those numbers keep coming!

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Ultimate Family Nuances

Happy 2020 warriors! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ A New Year and decade… I wish you all health, happiness, and humor as always! Hey, that’s WWE’s HHH( not on purpose!πŸ˜‰) This story has plenty of that humor so get your gear on and let’s start running.

As you can see with that photo, Helwig Whistle Stop is nearby my town. I know it’s missing an l warriors and across the street is Helwig Industrial Park. One of the founders of this neighboring city had that as his last name. I found very little as to why some areas were named after him but he must’ve been prominent back then. This street is one of the main roads that connects towns so I have seen this “tag team” for years now. The Whistle Stop is newer though but always a reminder of Jim Hellwig (Warrior’s birth name.) Also, I had to use the Whistle Stop Sign because of the train. Vince McMahon had referred to the Ultimate Warrior as “a runaway locomotive!”

There’s those literal SIGNS once again. Also, on that same road sits a chiropractor’s office on the corner of Daisy Street. Warrior was almost that profession and had a beloved dog named Daisy who is now with him in spirit. At least I believe that anyway. I still smile and maybe giggle every time I pass that corner. There are a few Daisy references in my book Spirit and Belief that will always warm my heart along with another train reference from a vacation.

Now, I’ll move on to more family stories. Two involve my husband and one is with my daughter ( yes, again!) I rarely mention my husband and then these little nuances got me thinking. πŸ€” A few Christmas Eves ago, we were in our church parking lot and saw my daughter’s 5th grade PSR teacher. This was a little over 3 years ago when many other sillies surfaced. My son also had this teacher and his name is Mr. HOGAN. That’s right… Well, my kids still don’t acknowledge teachers what with all the embarrassment. My husband says in a loud enough voice for me to hear: “HOGAN!” Thankfully, Mr. Hogan didn’t hear him. I’m not kidding here when I say he sounded like the Ultimate Warrior during WMVI after Hogan’s knee “went out.” Warrior yells: “Hogan!” for him to get back into the ring. I wondered if my husband had ever seen WMVI as that does remain a mystery…

The second nuance occurred several months ago as I was working on my website in another room. My husband was watching a YouTube video and I immediately heard Gorilla Monsoon’s voice announcing during a match with the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase and some other opponent. I couldn’t hear it all but it was for sure an old WWF match! What the heck? He doesn’t watch that and it was playing at least a minute or more before I walked in. I didn’t want to freak him out by saying something absurd but just: “Hey, I know that voice, that’s Gorilla Monsoon!” He stopped it right away and said nothing. Hmmm…

The last little family nuance came when studying health with my daughter last year. They were learning different muscles of the body with diagrams. We all know the basics right– like gluteus maximus, (our glutes or rear!) biceps, triceps, and some others. Then, I was amused with a fun memory. Next came trapezius which is part of the neck and shoulder “area.” I thought of SummerSlam’89 between the Ultimate Warrior and Ravishing Rick Rude. Those commentators used the medical terms since we have to be serious when describing the body! I always loved when they’d say “area” after a word. Did you ever notice that back then? The kidney “area,” the frontal “area,” etc. Well, I started laughing when going over her muscle body parts vocabulary.

Guess which part she kept forgetting? Trapezius. That sounds about right, doesn’t it? That match between U.W. and R.R. resulted in Warrior getting the Intercontinental Title Belt back and started with a sign I’ve mentioned before in the audience that read: “Hi Kathy.”

Ultimate Family Nuances are always around giving me humor and memories. Some signs are new while some remain. I love them all and am humbled as my purpose is a warrior who always believes. πŸ’™πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈπŸ™πŸ»

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The Birthday Plans β˜”οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈ

I really should share this story in about a month and a half when my birthday is but it was on my mind so August it will be. This does concern WrestleMania VI. I know- so many memories, right? Hard to believe I bought the VHS tape over 20 years ago! Again, it seems like yesterday and forever all at once…πŸ“Ό

I would sneak downstairs alone to watch when no one was there but me. They wouldn’t mind but so much more fun emotionally watching ALONE! My brother would’ve been great to watch with but he didn’t live at home anymore. After the “newness” wore off, the tape got put on my shelf with other collectibles. It wasn’t until a few years later that I started a new little tradition for myself. Once I moved, it probably got stored in the attic until it came back a little closer.

The first few years in our house watching the last match of WMVI on my birthday became a yearly event. Then, it started to fade from my plan as I became a mother. We still had our VCR hooked up in the early 2000’s but now it was time for baby and kid shows. My husband and I had quite the collection of movies but rarely watched them anymore. Has he ever seen WMVI? Not with me if at all! One of these days I keep telling myself… Of course now on DVD.

The birthday plans with that tradition literally got shelved as my life revolved around two babies back then. Many years went by and now the VCR was hooked up in the basement as the DVD player took its place. In 2012, I turned 40. We took a trip to California in the summer but this was September and now officially my birthday. With my husband at work, kids in school, and just me with the new puppy, it had to be extra special. My family and friends would celebrate but this time was for me alone.

I wanted to do something different for myself but nothing seemed to interest me. Getting lunch? Nah.. A manicure? Nope, probably too rushed before the kids bus. Then, I thought of a bike ride. Perfect! The puppy wouldn’t be left too long and it is one of my favorite activities. I had it all planned out and went outside to go.

I wasn’t even looking at the sky as it started to pour! Hurriedly, I rushed inside already soaking wet. Oh no! My birthday plan for myself was ruined. ☹️ I was so mad… Ah, the little things. I rarely did much for myself and now this rain. After a few sulking minutes, WMVI popped in my head! No way. Where did that thought come from? I hadn’t watched it in years and had forgotten all about my old birthday plans.

Since the VCR was now in the basement, I had to watch down there. I was planning on working out later anyway so why not now? I could do both. Hooray! The tradition had returned. I did watch other parts that I love too ya know! πŸ€ͺπŸ˜‰ Best for last though! It was so interesting getting that memory back on a milestone birthday for me.

It has been part of my birthday now ever since. Maybe not on a weekend when others occupy my space but it’s during the week for sure. Five years ago, I needed to watch but our VCR was no longer connected. This was in April and not September so it was part of my grief. I couldn’t remember all the hook-ups and called my husband. I just said I wanted to watch a favorite movie of mine while holding back tears. The sound came but no picture. Ugh.., I finally gave up in exasperation. Little did I know at the time how a brand NEW DVD would soon come my way that contained WMVI naturally. O.K, I could’ve ordered it on Amazon but so not in my thought process…

For the past three years, I have gotten something extra special from Warrior on my birthday. This may sound kinda crazy for anyone new reading my blog but spiritually, it’s true. It’s all archived!!! I’ve had a few things on his special day as well. I will keep my birthday plan going as that tradition began so long ago. Sure I can watch WMVI anytime but getting that memory back almost seven years ago means so much to me. It needs to be honored.

From a VHS tape to a DVD, it makes no difference. I have watched in my childhood home and now the house we share as a family. I can go to the WWE website or even watch on YouTube now but I don’t. There is nothing like having your OWN. Who knows what this birthday will bring but WMVI is always on my wish list. πŸ’ͺ🏻πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ€Όβ€β™€οΈ

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P.S. Ironically, when starting to write this today, I was outside and it started to pour! No bike ride planned but hopefully I can still walk the dog in a bit!!

#alwaysbelieve

#OWN πŸ’–πŸ™πŸ»

My β€œBackbreaker” Injury

Warrior Fans– don’t be alarmed by this title! I never did actually break my back but just had to use a wrestling move as it pertains to a former injury of mine. I mention this briefly in a chapter of my book Spirit and Belief. The DIY Warrior Girl never gives up and wants to do things without help. This is great but can become complicated at times.

My injury many years ago is not comparable to Warrior’s concerning his ankle but once again, reactions and emotions are all the same. He detailed breaking his ankle during the end of a match with “King” Harley Race. This was early in the Ultimate Warrior’s career and a first big opponent. The story is quite graphic involving his ankle swelling up as big as his thigh which led to a staph infection. He would suck the puss out when no one was around until he got caught. Wow– so lucky it never amounted to gangrene!!!

The first time I watched that interview on the Ultimate Collection DVD, I immediately thought of my injury at work over twenty years ago. Very surprised to have that come to mind and yet it did. This preschool involved a different approach while still incorporating traditional teaching. It was more gym-based which involved building obstacle courses and using equipment. So wish I had this type of experience as a child, what a confidence booster.

I was moving a big wooden tunnel across the floor as one of the wheels got stuck on the carpet. My back shifted and I felt it. No big deal as I just continued on assisting the other teacher. Later on, it hit me. Breathing became difficult but I had to get through the day. It would pass, right?

Well, it didn’t for quite a while. Good thing it wasn’t a fractured disk! I remember the pain being mostly in my lower back and then right under my rib cage. What would a chiropractor do? Paging “Dr. Hellwig!” 😜 I never took anything at first but just tried supporting my back by sitting up against hard surfaces. That first night I went and found a wooden board to use with my back and the wall. This was the best way to watch T.V.

The next day was really tough getting up from lying down all night. I knew then my alarm would have to be set earlier to give me extra time. At work I did my best to bend correctly from my knees as to not aggravate the injury more. When we sat, I needed that wall for support. Here’s where the feeling is the same as Warrior’s injury. I also didn’t want anyone to know since this was early in my years there.

I took Tylenol and just waited it out. My mom said I should see a doctor but really– why? Plus, I had it under control but just prayed nothing would worsen. We didn’t regularly see doctors anyway so a specialist was not in my independent plans. I seem to recall someone at work noticing me grimacing a little once but shrugged it off as nothing. After about a month, the pain finally subsided and I felt much better. I still moved slow as to not re-injure but with time, it healed.

Who knows how I exactly remembered my “backbreaker” story as Warrior was talking about his ankle. Maybe because of his almost profession or perhaps both of our independent ways of fixing it ourselves. I believe it was both. Yes, he did get help and my injury healed but we both did our own mending first. The warrior spirit is the same- always. πŸ’–

My injury obviously wasn’t as serious or as dramatic but the mindset was and still is. There were so many of my stories brought up as I watched or listened to him tell all his. The logic might not equate but the emotion does with everything I recalled.

I still kinda giggle when I see a backbreaker move in wrestling but especially when thinking of Wrestlemania VI. Gorilla Monsoon says: “… cervical vertebrae area.” Jesse Ventura corrects him with: “No, Monsoon it’s the back!” Gorilla’s response: “Oh, sorry.” What a different career Warrior would’ve had as a chiropractor.., After all, he did call himself “Dr. Warrior” sometimes! I do have a sunburned back so perhaps the doctor will see me now!!! πŸ˜‰

~~ He could’ve been a Doctor during the week and bodybuilder on the weekends! I can’t even imagine him without wrestling, can you???