I'm not the kind of person who just randomly throws my support behind a cause, especially something so basic as a petition started on the internet. Yes, from time to time a little something will pop up, like suggesting that “Weird Al” Yankovic play the Super Bowl halftime show, that I'll either think is a humorous thing or that it's an absolutely great idea. There are rare occasions, some would say maybe a one in a million scenario, where something is such a wonderful idea that you absolutely must support it. It's not just a matter of being a good idea, it's more a point of being the absolute best thing to do, in all honesty it's what's best for business. Over the years there have been debates over certain names and who deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame as well as who doesn't belong. You can argue a Koko B. Ware being in the Hall or a Drew Carey while someone like Owen Hart or Miss Elizabeth aren't included yet, but at the end of the day it's all up to one man who gets the nod. Vince McMahon makes that final judgment call, whatever his thought process he winds up picking and choosing who is included and who is not.
Just about a week ago I saw a post online for a link to a petition on a website, a petition asking Vince McMahon and the WWE to add a name to those being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. I know there are a ton of names you might immediately suspect, but I'm willing to bet many of you wouldn't suspect the actual name on said petition. First up would be Owen Hart, we know that he's a great worker and we can all absolutely agree that he's earned his spot in the Hall, and I don't doubt for one second that he'll eventually take his place one of these days. Another name you might jump at is Rick Rude, another one of those guys who was a hell of a talent and could work a mic like nobody's business, but you would once again be incorrect. There are far too many truly deserving workers who should be included in the WWE Hall of Fame, whether they've been in a WWE ring for any extended time during their career or not, even someone like a Shane Douglas should eventually earn a spot in the Hall. With the long list of people who have earned the spot, name after name of past and present superstars who have earned it, I can think of no better person to induct this year than the person named in this petition.
Last year we were all captivated by a video of a young man who had touched the hearts of those in the WWE, and unless you're an inhuman monster his story hit you right in the same location. This brave little man was fighting Medulloblastoma, he fought tooth and nail until the very last moment, but in the process he had the chance to live a dream by being included in the WWE family. Connor Michalek got to meet some of his favorite stars, including his all time favorite in Daniel Bryan, when you hear from those superstars his personality was much larger than that of anyone else around. While Connor was getting to meet his heroes and spend time with some of the biggest names in the business, from the looks of the video little Connor may have actually had just as big an impact on the WWE Superstars as they did on him when they got to meet one another. It's still pretty difficult to watch the WWE video dedicated to him without at least one tear escaping your eyes, it's such an amazing yet heartbreaking story, nobody wants to think of losing a child. This young man meant so much to so many people that he's actually become a part of WWE's history and traditions at this point, and it's completely deserved.
When I was presented with the opportunity to sign a petition asking WWE to induct this brave little fighter into their Hall of Fame, I didn't have to think, it was a complete given that I would sign. As many names as you could list that would deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame, I don't know that I would rather see anyone else get that honor other than The Crusher. His adoration for the business, the lives he touched while meeting with the WWE roster, and his part in Daniel Bryan's massive WWE moment, the kid has been ingrained in the culture of WWE and besides that he's actually got a victory over Triple H, quite the impressive feat for an 8 year old child. I don't typically get on my soapbox and preach that people should do anything, I don't really feel it's my place to tell anyone how to live their lives, but in this case I have no problem saying that people should sign the petition and try to push it to WWE higher ups so that we can make this happen. This young man's story is so spectacular, it's such a beautiful story of hope and facing adversity no matter how long the odds of said battle may be, who deserves to be in the Hall of Fame more than Connor?
I still watch the video, and even knowing this young man has passed, I can't help but have a smile on my face when I see the smile on his face. The way he lit up a room and how he made everyone else around him feel better, you just have to love the kid. Never before has one figure united the entire WWE Universe, as well as those who may not be fans of the WWE product, in such a way as this one child. When you allow a Drew Carey into the Hall of Fame, how could you possibly pass on The Crusher? There have been so many times that we've looked at someone being inducted and groaned about their inclusion in such a prestigious place, but I have a funny feeling that there's not a single person on the planet who would take offense to having Connor Michalek included in the WWE Hall of Fame. Daniel Bryan does the induction and his father can accept on his behalf. Can you imagine the reaction at the induction ceremony, or even better the following night at WrestleMania? It would be massive, and very well deserved, if we band together maybe we can make enough noise to get this to happen, at least it's more important than not having Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania.