Even if you despise wrestling, you have to admit that little kids love it. They look up to the wrestlers like they are superheroes and WWE has been notorious for treating their younger fans like a part of the family.
Over the last decade, WWE has switched its focus to the children and in the eyes of some older fans, the product has suffered because of it. However, it has produced some of the most tear-jerking moments in the history of tear-jerking moments. The post-show of last night’s episode of Monday Night Rawwas no different.
USA TODAY’s For the Win shared a video of eight-year-old cancer patient Elijah Mainville getting the chance of a lifetime following the show last night. Tough Enough is a wrestling reality competition that fans and athletes were able to audition for via YouTube. Mainville was one the auditions. While he was not the proper age to be given a shot on the show, it did touch the hearts of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
The pair of corporate executives saw this inspirational video and did something nice of their own. They sent Mainville a Money in the Bank briefcase, like the one Seth Rollins cashed in to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 31 in March. Inside the briefcase was a WWE contract.
Following last night’s Raw in San Jose, Mainville, accompanied by his favorite wrestler Stardust, made their way to the ring. Mainville revealed his new ring name “Drax Shadow” and he signed a contract with the company.
Mainville’s story is similar to Conor Michalek, a fan of the WWE and Daniel Bryan who passed away after a long battle with cancer earlier this year. WWE did something special for Michalek, AKA Conor the Crusher, late in 2014. His memory was also honored by being awarded the first-ever Warrior Award at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March.
No matter if you are a casual fan of the sport or have been a die-hard from the moment you first saw a wrestling event, you have to be absolutely in love with what the company does for children struggling with these disease.
Thank you, WWE and thank you, Drax Shadow.