Thursday, May 8, 2014

Connor the Crusher

Connor & Daniel Bryan after Wrestlemania XXX
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

Most wrestling fans already know the story, but it's trending all over social media now, even on non-wrestling fans' pages.  Connor Michalek, an 8 year old WWE Superfan, recently had his final wish come true.  While weak and dying of brain cancer, Connor "the Crusher" got to meet his hero Daniel Bryan for a second time and watch him capture the WWE World Heavyweight title at Wrestlemania.

You have to watch the video to truly grasp the scope of the situation.  WWE grants wishes all the time for Make-A-Wish.  In fact, John Cena is the most requested celebrity for the charity group.  Not just wrestler, folks.  Celebrity.  

Connor pins Triple H
What WWE did for Connor back in April was noble.  I watched the video the company produced and not just cried, I sobbed.  As a father of three, I can't imagine the pain Connor's family felt as this adorable and energetic little boy took his last breath.  He will be remembered by the Superstars and Divas he met and the fans who watched it all unfold.

The WWE (and wrestling in general) is often criticized.  People call it fake.  They say the wrestlers are in it for themselves, etc.  I applaud the WWE for its efforts not just with Connor and Make-A-Wish, but all the other groups they have rallied behind and causes they support.  Yes, things have changed.  Sports entertainment trumps wrestling these days, but with the good that's coming out of that transition, I'm okay with it.  

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