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This Is Why Wrestling Matters – Connor The Crusher


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)

Article written by Richmond Bramblet

9 Comments for This Is Why Wrestling Matters – Connor The Crusher

  1. macon_volfan
    7:23 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. From the Top Rope
    8:00 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    In addition to this sort of thing anyone who has been around the business can tell you, a) the developmentally disabled have a special relationship with the “sport” and b)
    wrestlers by and large tend to have a genuine affinity for this particular set of fans and go out of their way to make them feel special. There really are a lot of fine folks associated with wrestling, brutes or not.

  3. TrinityPills
    9:16 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    Thank you for sharing this. These kinds of things are so seemingly simple for the athletes involved but mean the world to the kids and their families.

  4. Truth
    9:28 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    I watched him knock out HHH several times. I cheered harder for the kid each time.

    9:33 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

    I just gained a new found respect for the WWE. Amazing. May God Bless Connor’s family. Thank you for sharing.

    • Yup
      11:32 pm May 6, 2014 Permalink

      ^^^ This ^^^ All of it ^^^

  6. Kentucky4Life
    12:41 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Say what you want about the WWE being fake, however this organization does more for kids and the troops of this nation than any other. You might not like wrestling, but at least you cant say they dont bring smiles to peoples faces as well as change the lives of people they come into contact with. This is why i enjoy wresting.
    RIP little man.

  7. Roofus Howls
    6:53 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    Daniel Bryan wins the title (a big honor even though it’s predetermined) and the first thing he does is speak to Connor after the match. Awesome.

  8. Steve Black
    8:47 am May 7, 2014 Permalink

    It was sad that Conner could not defeat cancer, but it was awesome watching this video and that the WWE does to bring joy to children in these situations. The great thing is that Conner is no longer in pain.