Circle of Champions: John Cena grants Dominique's special Wish
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Dominique Wilkins, 15, of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, arrived at Kansas City's Kemper Arena in style — a Cadillac Escalade limousine — to meet his favorite Superstar, John Cena, and watch Raw live for the first time, the "True Champ" thought he knew what to expect.
"I anticipate non-stop action tonight," said the Anderson, Ind., resident. "Cena is like a real hero to me. He seems like the type of guy that if I were to get into a fight he would have my back, especially against Umaga," Wilkins said with a smile.
"I like Cena's style. We both are lefties and like the same color -- camouflage. It's always been my favorite color, but I started wearing it a lot more after seeing him wearing it," Wilkins explained.
In the locker room area of Kemper Arena, Wilkins was all smiles with his mom, Dionne, and his grandfather when the three-time WWE Champion walked into the room with numerous gifts for the Circle of Champions teen, including a "Chain Gang Soldier" medallion, which Wilkins was thrilled to receive.
"I'm just so ecstatic right now. I'm speechless. I can't even think about how cool this is. I've always wanted this," an excited Wilkins said with an ear-to-ear grin.
Cena signed autographs, posed for pictures with the True Champ and his family, and answered Dominique's questions about Cena's love for wrestling and weight training.
"I worked out earlier tonight and bench pressed 375 pounds, but I can bench press 500 pounds. That means I can lift Big Show, but it depends on how much he's eaten beforehand," Cena joked.
When Cena asked Dominique if he had more questions for him before heading toward the ring, the True Champ asked if Cena could sponsor him during the Circle City Hot Steppers and Martin Center, Inc. 12th Annual Sickle Cell Fun 5K Walk/Run, held June 28th in Indianapolis. With no hesitation Cena agreed.
"I think it's fantastic. Very rarely do I get approached for offers like that," said a humbled Cena. "I'm glad he asked. It's my pleasure to do it. The event is fun in the first place, but hopefully now that he has me as a sponsor, it'll have the excitement of WWE."
In the end, Cena, one of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's most popular Wish granters, walked away very impressed with Dominique.
"Dominique is a great guy. It's just really good to see when good things happen for kids like him. That's why Make-A-Wish is such a great foundation," Cena described.
"Mouths will drop," said Dominique when asked what his friends will think about him meeting his favorite Superstar. "He was exactly like everything I thought he would be. I didn't think he would be that huge and strong … I'm still waiting to wake up."