Circle of Champions: Lucky Wishes in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- In the VIP suite at the Thomas & Mack Center, WWE Champion Triple H and fellow Superstar Jeff Hardy brought smiles to the faces of Make-A-Wish's David Presley, of Knoxville, Ga., and Melvin Locher III, of Johnstown, Pa. (PHOTOS)
"Jeff Hardy is a cool guy. I like how he flies off the ropes and I like his hair. I thought about doing my hair like that, but I cut it off," said Melvin, 13, before meeting his favorite Superstar. "It's very important. Today is the funniest day of my life. I knew it was going to come, but I didn't know it was going to come this soon."
However, David, 15, admires Triple H's personality.
"The Game is just a regular guy," David stated. "I really don't like to go anywhere, but meeting Triple H has been a dream of mine for many years."
The WWE Universe has been voting on the WWE Championship Match they'd like to see at Cyber Sunday -- Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy, Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov or a Triple Threat contest. The True Champs discussed the topic and agreed they'd prefer to see a singles competition between The Game and Hardy or a Triple Threat match.
"It'll be nice to see a Triple Threat Match, but Jeff has wanted the WWE Championship for a long time. In the end, I just think Triple H is going to hold onto the title," David predicted, as Melvin disagreed that Jeff would come out on top.
The moment the honorees had been waiting for finally came, as their favorite Superstars entered the luxury suite. The Game and Hardy brought the True Champs WWE merchandise, signed autographs, posed with the honorees and their families, and fielded many questions, including one asked to the 12-time World Champion about whether or not he thought he'll ever surpass his mentor, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, in title wins. (Flair retired with 16 under his belt.)
"Even if I do, there will only be one Ric Flair. He's in a league of his own," The Game replied. "Every time I'm compared to ‘Naitch,' it's a huge honor."
David also asked his favorite Superstar who he would like to face for the WWE Title at Cyber Sunday.
"I'd like to face Kozlov because he's undefeated. If Jeff Hardy gets the majority of the votes, I guess I'll have to beat him up again," stated The Game, with a glowing smile.
The champion's grin grew bigger when he expressed the respect he has for David and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"I always try to give Make-A-Wish kids whatever they want. If they want to take pictures, or just sit there and look at me or ask questions for a few minutes. It's their Wish and we're there to make sure it happens," Triple H explained. "David is a great teenager and I look forward to seeing his name in lights one day."
Melvin, who met Jeff Hardy minutes before the high-flyer's match against Kozlov on SmackDown, presented the Superstar with postcards from Johnstown.
For Hardy, his latest Circle of Champions experience was inspiring, as he prepares for what could potentially be his golden opportunity for the WWE Championship at Cyber Sunday.
"Melvin was really cool. It's always cool to see anyone from Make-A-Wish. I enjoyed the postcards of his hometown, because it gave me the opportunity to see where he's coming from. It shows he cares, and the fact we got to meet each other meant just as much to me," Hardy said.