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WWE names Connor Michalek as the first-ever Warrior Award recipient

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The WWE continues to keep the memory of Connor Michalek alive. Wrestling’s largest organization in the United States has announced that the young Michalek will receive the first-ever Warrior Award.

He will receive this honor at the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Just last year, he was at the WrestleMania event, before dying a few weeks later due to cancer.

WWE superstar Daniel Bryan shares a moment with sick patient Connor Michalek before a live event
WWE superstar Daniel Bryan shares a moment with sick patient Connor Michalek before a live event (Photo by the WWE)

Ever since his passing, the WWE has announced a foundation to raise funds in his name. Now, this is another way for the wrestling organization to honor him with one of the most popular wrestlers.

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The Warrior Award is named after The Ultimate Warrior, who passed away just days after being inducted into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame. This will be award that will be presented yearly by his widow Dana Warrior along with WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to Steve Michalek, Connor’s father.

“On behalf of my family, we are truly humbled and honored that WWE will present an award in my husband’s name each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Warrior said. “Connor displayed all of the positive traits that Warrior stood for, and he is the perfect recipient for this inaugural award. I am sure that Warrior is smiling today, knowing that this award is being given to a true warrior.”

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Michalek was loved by the WWE Superstars when he showed up at events. He was taken care of by Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at UPMC.

While he was fighting this dreaded disease, he also became a local celebrity in his hometown. His spirit, when he met the WWE Superstars, inspired WWE Chief Branding Officer Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who is the WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative, to launch “Connor’s Cure.”

This is a fund that will raise money to help Pediatric cancer research. If you would like to make a donation in his honor, you can go to

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“My family is forever grateful for the gift that WWE, it’s Superstars, Divas, and executives gave to Connor,” Michalek mentioned. “They made him smile and encourages him to continue fighting. His visits backstages, and his time in the ring with Daniel Bryan, brought Connor true joy and undoubtedly extended his life, giving us more time with him. Now, with this award and Connor’s Cure, Connor’s legacy will live on.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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