Back in 2012, a young boy named Connor Michalek’s who was diagnosed with brain cancer, took to the internet and said he had one wish. That wish was to be like his wrestling heroes in the WWE.
A viral campaign for the wrestling-loving boy caught the attention of the WWE. The wrestling organization responded by giving Connor the V.I.P treatment. They took him backstage, he met stars like AJ Lee and Stephanie McMahon. Connor even had the chance to put the champ, Daniel Bryan, in a submission hold.“Bryan said “It kinda brings a tear to my eye to know somebody like Connor wants to meet somebody like me, so that’s kinda cool.”
Connor stayed in touch with Daniel Bryan after the Make-A-Wish visit, and even gave him a high-five after winning a match in Pittsburgh. The wrestler’s even gave Connor a nickname; “The Stone Crusher.”
One month prior to “Wrestlemania 30”, Michalek’s father, Steven, was told by the doctors that his son didn’t have much time left. The family got in contact with the WWE, which invited him to a show in Washington, D.C. They gave Connor front-row tickets to Wrestlemania, where he watched his hero Daniel Bryan win it all.
Sadly, Connor recently passed away at only 8-years-old. Watch the heartfelt tribute from the WWE here.