Circle of Champions: Edge grants Brian's Wish
PHILADELPHIA -- Sporting his custom-made "No. 1 Edgehead" T-shirt, Circle of Champions honoree Brian Da Costa, of Sayreville, N.J., waited anxiously in his VIP suite at the Wachovia Center to meet, Edge, his favorite WWE Superstar.
"I'm very excited to be here to meet Edge. I just think he's a tremendous wrestler and a heck of a competitor. I like his attitude, because he's a lot like me -- cocky," said Brian , 11, who asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help him meet Edge. "For those who don't like Edge, well that's their opinion. They can not like him, but I like him."
Brian, a sixth-grade honor student, was outspoken about Edge and Vickie's relationship and the events that took place last week on SmackDown.
"Honestly, I think people don't like Edge only because of SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero. Now that it seems like their relationship could be ending, people will like him more. I didn't think Edge and Vickie were a good couple. Not to be rude, but that was a bad career choice for Edge. Although, by staying with Vickie, he could go far and get title opportunities every pay-per-view," Brian explained.
At 4:24 p.m., the moment that Brian had been waiting for finally happened. The door opened and the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Superstar peeked his head into the doorway. An ecstatic Brian jumped out of his chair, ran toward Edge with tears flowing down his face, and hugged his favorite Superstar.
"I can't believe it's you. This is the happiest moment of my life," Brian exclaimed.
"Does this mean you're happy or sad?" Edge asked.
"I'm very happy," Brian replied.
Once Brian gathered his composure, he presented Edge with a gift: an official New Jersey Devils jersey, Edge's favorite NHL team.
"No one gives me anything. They usually throw things at me," Edge explained. "I don't know if you notice, but not too many people like me."
Edge then presented the True Champ with his special gifts -- his authentic "Easy Being Sleazy" T-shirt, which he wears to work out in each day, and his favorite "Rated-R Superstar" wristbands he wears in every match -- the same ones he wore to defeat Undertaker and Batista to win his World Heavyweight titles.
Edge posed for photos with Brian and his family, autographed pictures, T-shirts, Da Costa's "Rated-R Superstar" plush bear, and a picture frame that will hold Brian and Edge's picture. The event left the Circle of Champions honoree in tears.
"This was the best experience of my life. The happiest moment was seeing my idol right there in front of me. Edge was basically everything I thought he would be like in-person," Brian said.
For Edge, a Superstar who's known as a master manipulator, his Circle of Champions experience humbled him.
"There's nothing that can prepare you for that type of response from someone. To think that Brian's wish was to meet me, and for him to react that way, blows me away. He was a true Edgehead," he said .
"When you meet kids like that, it throws everything into perspective. In the grand scheme of things, it makes you thankful for what you do have, instead of complaining about what you don't."
The Ultimate Opportunist, the winner of five World Championships, can never get used to receiving gifts.
"The greatest part about this moment is I can walk around the [Philadelphia] Flyers arena in New Jersey Devils gear, so it's kind of double my pleasure today," Edge said. "This was probably one of my best Make-A-Wish experiences. I'll have a smile on my face for the rest of the day … until I walk through the curtains and then the scowl will come back."