Circle of Champions: Dreams Come True with John Cena and Clinton
NEW ORLEANS -- Cameras flashed and on-lookers swarmed the locker room area as Circle of Champions Honoree Clinton Carrier, of Dreams Come True, walked down the red carpet to his luxury suite at the New Orleans Arena. It was another day in the spotlight for the "True Champ" as he arrived to meet his favorite Superstar, John Cena, for the first time and witness Monday Night Raw live.
For Clinton, 5, of Lafayette, La., passion for sports-entertainment runs through his veins. As a little girl, his mother Lynda would watch professional wrestling with her grandfather and attend every time there was a pro wrestling show in Lafayette. While pregnant with Clinton, she would watch Monday Night Raw and noticed his reactions. Clinton kicked when she screamed at the TV, especially when Shawn Michaels superkicked Mr. McMahon.
Clinton, accompanied by his mother, brother Savontreus, godmother, Nkeitha Calhoun and cousins, Desmond White and Angel Washington, was sporting a huge smile and two very teary eyes when the three-time Champion walked into the suite. Cena signed autographs, shelled out T-shirts, Chain Gang Soldier medallions, wristbands, and headbands, and posed for photos with the Circle of Champion Honoree.
"It's cool to see kids, like Clinton, so excited. It was very nice to meet Clinton and his family. It makes for an even better experience when the whole family is excited like his were tonight. They all came to the show and had a great time," Cena explained.
Clinton has seen Raw live in the past, but this night was special. Instead of getting upper level seats, he and his entourage enjoyed Raw from the front row.
"They are the [real] superstars and our VIP guests, so you treat them as such. They get a personal meet and greet, all the time they need from me and they watch the show from the best seats in the house. That's what the [Circle of Champions] experience is all about," Cena recalled.
Clinton's meet and greet with the Chain Gang Commander for the first time was like "heaven on earth," described Lynda.
"I'd like to thank John from the bottom of my heart for the both of us. He made Clinton's dream a reality," said Lynda. "Clinton was a miracle baby and this experience just shows that God has his hand over the righteous. Thank you WWE and Dreams Come True for making it all possible."