Circle of Champions honorees Aubrey Raspotnik, of Kids Wish Network, and Mikael Walters, of Dream Factory, received a treat when they were invited to witness the three-hour celebration of Raw’s 800th episode live. The two also got to meet their favorite Superstars, one-half of the World Tag Team Champions, CM Punk, and four-time World Champion Shawn Michaels, who recently reunited with his D-Generation X partner, WWE Champion Triple H. (PHOTOS HERE)
Mikael, 17, of Kansas City, Mo., added, “I like Shawn Michaels because of how well he wrestles. I like wrestling a lot and Raw is the most popular show on TV and in the whole world. I’m excited to see him team up with Triple H.”
Before meeting the Straightedge Superstar and The Showstopper, the True Champs spent time chatting with their families in the VIP suite.
Mikael, sporting his DX T-shirt, tried his best to keep his composure when Shawn Michaels, with a handful of gifts, arrived to meet him. HBK pulled up a chair and began to chat with the True Champ.
“This is Raw’s 800th episode celebration. I was on the first episode, so you know what that means? I’m 800 years old,” HBK joked.
The Showstopper presented Mikael with his signature Cowboy Hat, T-shirt, action figures, signed autographs and posed for pictures with Mikael and his family. Michaels also answered the True Champ’s questions about his career, DX and his nickname – HBK.
“Mr. Perfect called me ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ and I liked it, so it stuck. Now, at my age, it’s just not cool to call myself ‘The Heartbreak Kid,’ so I shortened it,” he explained, with a smile.
Michaels, a huge fan of Circle of Champions honorees, was impressed by his latest experience.
“The idea that a young person has a wish to want to meet and talk to me is extremely humbling and fascinating. To see that they have so much joy in their face, it makes you question how you can ever complain about the everyday mishaps,” HBK recalled. “The 800th episode celebration of Raw is for WWE, but it means more to me to meet a kid, because of their spirit. There are many of us who can learn a great deal from the kids.”
by Brandon Campbell of WWE.com