Professional Wrestling is silly. It’s a bunch of men in tights, covered in baby oil, performing rehearsed fights to predetermined outcomes. That is, as adults, how most people see professional wrestling. Even to those of us who love it, we are able to see just how ridiculous this form of entertainment can be from time to time. But to a kid, these performers… wrestlers are superheroes. All of the kids who cheer for John Cena don’t care that the match outcome was decided hours before in a war-room. It’s just magic for kids. But because of wrestling, there is another superhero that we can look up to.
Connor Michalek was diagnosed with brain and spine cancer at an early age. At just seven years old, he got the opportunity as part of Make-a-Wish to meet WWE Superstar, Daniel Bryan. Connor exuded so much energy meeting his favorite wrestler, even tapping-out Bryan to the Yes/No lock. “Connor The Crusher,” as he called himself, brought such an energy to wrestling fans. It showed that outside of whatever terrible situations kids are going through, it can bring them hope, or at least a little time to not think about the bad.
Connor passed away shortly after Wrestlemania, at nine years old. Cancer Sucks. But, before he passed, WWE gave him a week that provided him and his family so much strength, and possibly a few moments to forget that Connor was even sick. A video, put together by WWE, has been released showing both what Connor meant to Daniel Bryan and the WWE. I will say this, get your excuses ready about how your allergies are flaring up, because the feels are too much…
(h/t Brandon Stroud – @MrBrandonStroud)