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How a Bunch of Pro Wrestlers Made a Little Boy's Last Days Worthwhile

Even if you don’t like professional wrestling, you’re going to be a fan of Connor “Stone Crusher” Michalek.

Eight-year-old Connor passed away on April 25, 2014 from pediatric brain cancer. He was a WWE superfan and especially loved wrestler Daniel Bryan. Before he died, Connor got to meet his hero — he even watched from ringside as Bryan became the world heavyweight champion at Wrestlemania XXX on April 6.

To honor its biggest fan, the WWE released a tribute video to Michalek (below). It shows a little boy full of spirit, smiles — and a whole lotta punch.

“[Wrestlemania] was the first time in I’d say four years where I actually forgot that Connor was sick,” his dad says in the clip. “I truly believe that the whole experience extended Connor’s time with me. There’s no greater gift I could get.”


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