Circle of Champions: John Cena grants three Wishes in Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For Make-A-Wish's Shaunquis Daniels, of Baltimore and Robert Humphrey, of Indianapolis, and Magic Moments' Austin Pinkerton, of Huntsville, Ala., a meeting with their favorite Superstar, John Cena, was a moment they'll always remember.
"I'm a John Cena fan forever," said Austin, who attended his first-ever Monday Night Raw event. "I like his moves. He's my favorite Superstar, because he talks trash to everybody and backs it up."
Shaunquis, 10, has been a loyal Chain Gang Soldier ever since he saw the three-time champion wave five fingers across his own face and say, "You can't see me!"
The "True Champ" enjoys watching WWE with his mother, Shannon, father, Darron, and three younger brothers, James, Jashaun and Joshua, all who accompanied him. Every Monday, Tuesday and Friday, when there's an event on television, the Daniels' household shuts down.
Before the True Champs' favorite Superstar made an appearance, they were joined by Funaki and The Miz, who caused a stir by announcing to the suite that he's "so much better than any other Superstar" on any of the rosters. Without hesitation the Chain Gang Soldiers booed.
Then, the moment they've dreamed of finally came. The Chain Gang Commander, wearing his signature 8-Bit T-shirt and "You Can't See Me" cadet cap, strutted into the Circle of Champions VIP suite at Verizon Center with a smile on his face and an armful of gifts to give to the honorees.
"Did you guys meet The Miz? He's a horrible, horrible guy," said Cena, as Robert, 5, let out a loud laugh.
Cena posed for pictures with the True Champs and their families, presented his Chain Gang Solders with wristbands, headbands, Chain Gang Medallions, 8-Bit T-shirts, Hustle, Loyalty, Respect caps, autographed photos, copies of The Marine and John Cena: My Life DVDs, and Monday Night Raw show program catalogues.
"Do you like him?" Cena asked Austin, while pointing at Edge's picture. "Why out of all [the Superstars] did they put him on the page next to mine?"
The Circle of Champions honorees' families also felt the thrill of the meet-and-greet with WWE Superstars. After seeing the smile on her son Shaunquis' face thanks to John Cena, Shannon agreed that this moment will inspire him.
"It means everything to me. Shaunquis was very excited. This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just by seeing his expressions, I know he was thrilled," explained Shannon, who said she often acts as the referee during their impromptu wrestling matches at home. "I'm pretty sure he's going to be in that shirt for probably a month. It's going to be really hard getting him out of it. He's not going to share it with anyone. He loves everything about John Cena."
Cena meeting with True Champs is another way he likes to give back to the fans that have played an intricate role in his success in sports-entertainment. Don't expect him to slow down anytime soon, even when he has multiple wishes to grant in one day.
"It's always good when we can get more than one kid in here. I still think the experience is very intimate and the families all enjoy it," the Chain Gang Commander explained. "When you can bring a bunch of wishes to one city, it always seems to make the experience that much bigger. It never gets draining, especially when you're putting smiles on kids' faces."