Making wishes come true in the Sunshine State
MIAMI - Up to 50 Make-A-Wish kids and other children from various wish-granting agencies across the world, and their families, were treated to a private autograph signing with Sheamus, Big Show and Divas Champion Beth Phoenix Friday afternoon during WrestleMania Week. The children enjoyed autographs, photos and a chance to meet with their favorite Superstars. ( PHOTOS)
Eli, timid at first, quietly told the Divas Champion that he was looking forward to Rock vs. Cena on Sunday, as well as seeing Triple H end Undertaker's amazing WrestleMania streak. "I'm curious about the ending to that, too," The Glamazon replied with a smile on her face.
Big Show was treated to Bradley, a proud member of the Cenation, happily waving "U Can't See" to The World's Largest Athlete. The giant shared some laughs and was more than happy to take pictures.
Coming all the way from Ireland, Dylan was really excited to meet Sheamus. He even brought his Irish flag with him. "Am I allowed to sign the Irish flag?" Big Show smiled. "I'm Irish too, you know!" Dylan's mom was touched by the moment as well. "The power of a wish," she said with tears in her eyes.
Sheamus was equally excited to meet Dylan.
"Each kid is special and touched my heart in their own way," he said. "There were so many amazing kids and families." But The Great White also noted that all of the kids he met wanted him to Brogue Kick World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania, to which he replied, "I'm going to do everything I can to make that come through."
Big Show observed how events like this really is what WrestleMania is about. "It's about our fans and our relationship with them," an emotional Big Show said. "We give back and they give us so much in return."
Phoenix was truly touched by spending the evening with such inspirational children and families.
"It's an opportunity to give back to these great kids dealing with big problems," The Glamazon explained. "This puts it all in perspective - what's important in life. It's an honor to be a part of Make-A-Wish."
Throughout the past 25 years, WWE has granted more than 3,500 wishes (and counting) with Make-A-Wish Foundation, putting smiles on the faces of Wish children and their families.