Circle of Champions: Chris Jericho's Minneapolis Smiles
MINNEAPOLIS -- As World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho prepares for his Ladder Match at No Mercy against archrival Shawn Michaels for the gold, Jericho made wishes come true for a few Circle of Champions honorees. In the VIP suite at Minneapolis' Target Center, Jericho met with Sunshine Foundation's Jeremy Grace, of London, Ontario, Canada, and HopeKids Foundation's Brent Swanson, of Rockford, Minn. (PHOTOS)
"On a scale of a trillion, my WWE experience was probably a trillion and more," said 11-year-old Jeremy. "It was really cool to meet Chris Jericho. I'd like to thank the Sunshine Foundation and all the Superstars who took the time to talk to me."
For Brent, 16, his admiration for WWE began when he was only 1-year-old. He recalls watching, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock and Undertaker transcend WWE. The True Champ witnessed when Jericho became the first-ever Undisputed Champion in WWE history, so he was awestruck when he finally got the chance to meet the World Heavyweight Champion.
"A few days ago, when I found out that I was going to Raw to meet Jericho, I kept saying to my dad how I couldn't wait," Brent explained. "Chris Jericho was everything I thought it would be. I didn't think I would be able to meet him. It might not ever happen again, so I'm amazed that this did happen."
Brent and Jeremy sat patiently until the five-time World Champion strutted into the luxury suite. During his meet and greet, Jericho gave the Circle of Champions honorees various merchandise, signed autographs and posed for pictures with Jeremy, Brent and their fathers. Jericho, one of WWE's most charitable Superstars, was impressed with his latest meet and greet.
"It's very important for us to see Circle of Champions honorees. Whenever a True Champ wants to meet one of our Superstars, we all make sure it happens, given how much this wish means to them. Also, it means a great deal to us knowing that they used their one wish to come see us," the World Heavyweight Champion explained. "The fact that Jeremy traveled so far shows the global impact of WWE. Kids will come from all over the world and use their one chance to see WWE Superstars wherever and whenever they can."