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WWE gives young cancer patient ultimate experience weeks before death

- May 6th, 2014

Connor “The Crusher” Michalek died in late April after a battle with cancer in his brain and spine. He was eight years old.

In December of 2012, Michalek was able to live out his dream. He tapped out his pro wrestling hero, Daniel Bryan, backstage at a WWE Raw event after grabbing the company’s attention with a viral video campaign. But that was just the beginning.

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Connor “The Crusher” Michalek puts Daniel Bryan in a No Lock. (WWE.com)

Michalek left a big mark on the wrestlers and executives he met with his vibrant personality and infectious optimism. Upon learning he had little time left, WWE set him up with the ultimate fan experience.

The company wanted to give Michalek “something to hang on for,” as chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon put it.

Fast forward to 2014. A week before WrestleMania XXX, before another episode of Raw, Michalek got a chance to perform in the ring. He entered the stage area with Bryan to the wrestler’s music. Surrounded by WWE stars, all of whom were cheering him on, Michalek delivered a ‘knock-out’ blow to Triple H (who sold it pretty well) and pinned the wrestler for a three-count.

What’s more, Michalek and his dad were given front-row seats to WrestleMania XXX. After the main event, which featured Bryan, the boy got a hug from his hero.

Just over two weeks later, Michalek succumbed to his afflictions.

WWE’s tribute video detailing his story made its way onto YouTube this week.

Whatever your thoughts on pro wrestling, these guys are role models to the millions who tune in and it’s wonderful to see them give back to fans just like some other pro athletes and sports teams.

(h/t UPROXX)

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3 comments

  1. Jon | May 6, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    This is perhaps the clasiest thing WWE has ever done. Im in tears.

  2. Ahmed Nakhuda | May 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Connor – A True Champion!

  3. Will | May 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This is so sad. No parent should ever have to bury a child.

    But I agree with Jon, this was a really class act.

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