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Triple H lets kid battling cancer beat him up inside WWE ring to fulfill the child's special wish

A seven-year-old battling cancer got to meet his hero, Bryan Danielson, and later, beat Triple H in a wrestling match.

Triple H lets kid battling cancer beat him up inside WWE ring to fulfill the child's special wish
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For 7-year-old Connor Michalek, the champions of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) were superheroes come to life. Connor's dream came true in 2013 when he met his hero, Bryan Danielson, and even "defeated" Triple H in a wrestling match. Battling brain cancer, Connor found joy and unforgettable memories with the WWE superstars. In a YouTube video posted by WWE in memory of Connor, who sadly lost the battle against cancer in 2014, the kid can be seen meeting Danielson and being overwhelmed with joy. "Daniel is by far his favorite and that is probably the most excited that I have seen Connor," Steve Michalek, Connor's father, said in the clip. 


 
 
 
 
 
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The moment was not only special for Connor but also for Danielson. "Kind of special for a million reasons. His smile, he was so quick-witted, he was nice to everybody but sometimes brutally honest. You couldn't help but just talk to him and instantly fall in love with him," the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion said. Stephanie McMahon, the former WWE Chairwoman and co-CEO, recalled that no one could tell that Connor was actually sick from his personality. "I just couldn't help but hug him and I wanted to kiss him and hold him and then his dad told me that he didn't have very long to live," said McMahon, almost breaking into tears. 


 
 
 
 
 
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The WWE management invited Connor to WrestleMania, ensuring he experienced several special moments. "A week before the WrestleMania in Washington D.C. before RAW started, before doors were opened, there were no fans in the arena," narrated McMahon. "Daniel and Connor started walking and Daniel's music came on," Steve recalled. The two could be seen walking toward the wrestling ring, Connor was wearing a green T-shirt and a grey pant with a maroon jacket and the name that was flashing on the screen was, "Connor Crusher." The duo, while walking, had their hands in the air and kept saying, "Yes! Yes!" 


 
 
 
 
 
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They were surrounded by all the superstars who were cheering, "Connor! Connor! Connor!" Triple H immediately got into the ring to fulfill one of the last wishes of the kid. He told Connor, "Hit me!" and the boy replied, "I can't hit you." Then a bit later, he pretended to hit Triple H and the wrestler dramatically fell to the ground. All the superstars continued to cheer for the boy, who then lifted Triple H's one leg and waited while the referee counted to three and announced him as the winner. "All the superstars and the divas they were all touched by it that we could make such a difference in a child's life," Danielson said. 

Connor's father shared that the best part of WrestleMania was seeing his son so happy and lively, he hardly seemed ill. The kid was extremely happy. "He moved a lot, he didn't need as much help as he usually needs," Steve said. Another beautiful moment shown in the video is from the day when Danielson walked straight up to Connor after winning the World Heavyweight Championship and told him, "Connor, you mean a lot to me. You gave me a lot of strength, you helped me earn this and keep fighting."

Steve said that it was a "perfect moment." "I truly believe that the whole experience extended Connor's time with me. There is no greater gift that I could get and there is no way I could repay them for that." Following Connor's passing, WWE's charity fund "Connor's Cure" has continued to support many children battling cancer. According to Daily Mail, Connor also became the first-ever wrestling fan to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.



 

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