Circle of Champions: Batista and CM Punk meet Benen and Jesula
MIAMI -- Straight off WrestleMania XXIV victories Batista and CM Punk brought special experiences to "The Magic City" Tuesday night, when they made dreams come true for WWE Circle of Champions kids Benen Dykstra, 10, and Jesula St. Felix, 14, in the locker room area at American Airlines Arena.
"I never thought I would get the chance to meet Batista, so I was very surprised," said Make-A-Wish kid St. Felix of Hollywood, Fla. "He was too huge for me to hug though, because he's so muscular."
As soon as Punk, with the Money in the Bank briefcase in hand, found a chair and sat down beside Dykstra, the Sunshine Foundation youngster grabbed his hand.
"I want to be just like you when I grow up, because you are straightedge," he told his favorite Superstar. "You are the greatest wrestler there is."
Dykstra lives in Cayuga, Ontario, Canada, and is only able to see Punk when the former ECW Champion appears on SmackDown, because his TV antenna doesn't pick up ECW on Sci Fi. A lack of reception hasn't prevented the fourth grader from knowing every CM Punk fact there is. Dykstra and Punk discussed the Straightedge Superstar's hometown, Chicago, and the meanings of the former ECW Champion's tattoos.
During their conversation, Dykstra told Mr. Money in the Bank he hopes he wins the championship soon, and if he could choose his dream match, it would be Punk vs. Hulk Hogan, Big Show or Boogeyman.
"I think I can take Hulk Hogan, but for Big Show, I'll probably need Floyd Mayweather's posse for that one," Punk joked.
"When [Wish] kids are asked ‘who they'd like to meet' and they say CM Punk … it's overwhelming, because there are so many other Superstars in WWE," said the humbled Superstar. "I always try to do what I can to make their day a little brighter."
The Animal, a three-time World Champion, echoes Punk's feelings about WWE's Circle of Champions honorees.
"I love meeting the kids and putting smiles on their faces. It's so amazing to me. These kids are very unsure where their lives are going to take them, but they are never negative. They're always so upbeat and happy to meet you," Batista said.
Dykstra and St. Felix's Wishes were fulfilled. However, for Dykstra, there's still one goal he'd like to accomplish -- sharing the WWE Tag Team Championship with CM Punk.
"We'll be called the Straightedge Hall of Famers. It'll be cool. I think we'll go on to be one of the greatest tag teams in WWE. We'll take those WWE Tag Team Titles from The Miz and Morrison," Dykstra said with an ear-to-ear grin on his face.