Circle of Champions: Jeff Hardy meets Make-A-Wish's Brad
QUAD CITIES, Ill. -- Days after an electrifying match with Montel Vontavious Porter at SummerSlam, Jeff Hardy made a dream come true for Make-A-Wish's Brad Wendt, of South Elgin, Ill., in the Circle of Champions suite at the i wireless Center.
"I thought Jeff Hardy lost to MVP at SummerSlam because of Shelton Benjamin. What [Shelton] did wasn't cool at all," Brad said moments before meeting his favorite Superstar. "I like Jeff because of his crazy wrestling style. He'll do just about anything in the ring. His Swanton Bomb is freaky!"
For Brad, 12, his admiration for Jeff Hardy came when he attended his first WWE event at 4 years old. The moment he had been waiting for ever since that day finally occurred when Hardy wearing a Superman T-shirt, blue designer jeans, and newly styled blue and green locks, strutted into the luxury suite.
The four-time Intercontinental Champion posed for pictures with Brad and his family and autographed photos, Brad's Circle of Champions honoree T-shirt, and his certificate. Jeff also presented the "True Champ" with The Hardys' double dog tags, Hardy Mirrors T-shirt and Jeff's brand new signature Self-Portrait T-shirt, which he designed and had WWE fans choose as his latest tee. The SmackDown Superstar answered Brad's questions about his many tattoos and his life as a WWE Superstar.
The enigmatic Superstar walked out of the VIP suite amazed by his latest Circle of Champions experience.
"Brad was cool, man. I think he's on my side of the field. He's a unique individual and he felt me on that. He's original and I had a great time," explained Hardy. "It's always cool to be chosen to do this because it makes you feel special anytime you can inspire a person and put a smile on their face. It's a huge payoff for what we do. Living the dream is helping others fulfill their dreams. It's always magical."
And for Brad, after seeing his dream to fruition, he continued to smile.
"It was such a wonderful experience. I thought I was going to choke up at first, but I held it together. I've been looking forward to this moment ever since my uncle Jeff informed me about Make-A-Wish Foundation … It was really fun and really so cool to finally meet him," recalled Brad, with an ear-to-ear grin.