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Honoring the Circle of Champions
WrestleMania week activities have been in full swing for days now, but this morning was perhaps the week's most special event. WWE, in conjunction with several charities including Make-A-Wish, honored several special young men and women during the Circle of Champions ceremony at this morning's Bacon, Bagels and Biceps Brunch.
This year, the Bacon, Bagels and Biceps Brunch was held at the Renaissance Ballroom in Detroit, and in addition to the Circle of Champions ceremony, the event gives fans a chance to enjoy breakfast followed by a question and answer session with WWE Superstars.
WWE works year-round with many charities that grant wishes to children who have overcome adversity and disability, with them all falling under the Circle of Champions umbrella. WWE Legend Mick Foley, himself a longtime Make-A-Wish supporter, was the unofficial emcee for the Circle of Champions portion of the event. Each child honored was presented with a plaque and had a quick dialogue with Foley, who wasn't afraid to poke fun at himself to amuse the guests.
"You know, I chose to be here because there are children here who have faced unique challenges, and they chose to come to WrestleMania… and I have to be honest with your parents: they should've chosen Disney World!" Foley laughed during his opening remarks.
All of the honorees told the author of The Hardcore Diaries what they were looking forward to at WrestleMania, and one youngster's answer brought about a lesson from the Hardcore Legend.
"So you're looking forward to Undertaker vs. Batista," Foley said to Brandon Adams. "You know, Undertaker taught me one of the most important lessons of my career: it takes a good man to beat me, but it doesn't take him very long."
Following the ceremony, Josh Mathews hosted the Q&A, which featured such Superstars as WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London & Brian Kendrick, "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters, New Breed members Matt Striker & Marcus Cor Von, and of course, gorgeous Divas Candice Michelle and Victoria.
Some of the long-time fans in the audience gave their lesser-loved Superstars some jeers; although Mark Henry revealed that he actually enjoys a good heckle. But as all of them admitted, they enjoy taking time out to meet with the fans.
"Everything we do is for you… you are the driving force behind why I am in this business," Victoria told the fans. Hardcore Holly later added that "whether you love me or hate me, it's cool. If you love me, thank you, and if you hate me, well, I still thank you."
And of course, no speaking engagement would be complete without a lesson from your teacher, Matt Striker. The ECW Superstar stressed to WWE.com the importance of a good breakfast before getting into a heavy conversation with a college professor in the audience.
Following the breakfast, the Superstars, as well as WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Hart, stopped to sign some autographs for the fans and interact with the Circle of Champions honorees. Ford Field will be the center of the sports-entertainment world's attention tonight, but there are several young men and women who will never forget their morning at the Renaissance Ballroom.