Circle of Champions: Triple H and other Superstars grant Wishes in New Jersey
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One night after taking out Randy Orton at Backlash with his signature move, the Pedigree, to win the WWE Championship, Triple H met with a few special young men.
"Triple H was so nice. I appreciated him taking the time out to just meet with me and ask me questions about what was going on in my life," said Make-A-Wish's Harold Wrightington, 12, of Palisades Park, N.J. "I had faith that The Game would win at Backlash. My friends are going to be jealous. I'm going to brag, ‘I met the champion! I met the champion!' "
Joey Rotella, 19, also of Make-A-Wish, echoed Wrightington's thoughts on meeting The King of Kings for the first time.
"It can get so hard sometimes. I remember days when I was 16 years old and I wouldn't get out of bed or leave the house for two weeks due to my illness. What I needed to get through the days was to see a Triple H wrestling match," the West New York, N.J., resident recalled.
"I found it amazing that he thought it was a humbling experience to meet me. To have a person who's a pop culture icon tell me that he was humbled, shows me a side of him that I really respect," said Rotella, who will celebrate his 20th birthday on Saturday.
The Game said he is very proud of winning his 12th World Championship, but to be able to touch the hearts of kids is an accomplishment in itself.
"Winning the Championship is great and it means a lot to me. But on the flip side, knowing that I'm able to inspire youngsters on such a different level is the type of stuff that touches you on the inside," The Game expressed. "As Superstars, we deal with injuries and traveling all the time due to our passion and desire to be champions. Also, we love our jobs even more because we're able to go in front of kids and put smiles on their faces."
Even though Triple H is their favorite Superstar, Wrightington and Rotella could hardly contain their enthusiasm when three-time World Heavyweight Champion Batista made a surprise visit, along with Raw General Manger William Regal and former Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella.
"This is an experience that I'm going to cherish forever. I can't wait to tell my kids about this someday," Rotella said.