Smiles and hugs were part of a heart-warming scene as WWE superstars surprised a handful of Make-a-Wish children and their families on Saturday, Aug. 19, the day before SummerSlam, at the One World Observatory.
The recipients were told prior that they would visit the building at One World Trade Center, which includes an awe-inspiring view of the city more than a hundred stories high above. WWE superstars AJ Styles, Dolph Ziggler, Nikki Bella, and Seth Rollins and WWE Ambassador Dana Warrior interacted with the excited children and signed autographs and toy championship belts.
Being a dad makes these experiences even more meaningful for Styles. A brief encounter can lead to a lifetime of memories.
“Knowing what the parents go through and the struggle the kids have been through and the battle. These kids are so strong but also their parents,” Styles said.
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“I can only imagine how tough it is for them to see their child go through so much stuff. But for one day we get them forgetting about all their struggles and forget everything that’s happened and just put smiles on faces.”
Ziggler, a longtime member of the WWE roster, enjoys being part of WWE’s numerous charitable efforts.
“I had them asking what it was like working with Vickie Guerrero and working with AJ,” he said. “That’s not totally common questions, but they always have great questions because some of them are really hardcore fans, and I don’t always have the right answer for them. Just seeing the looks on their faces and knowing they are having a good time and that we can hang out for a few minutes with us is very special.
With Seth Rollins’ profile continuing to grow along with his fanbase, the impact he can make on children also increases. Meeting young fans brings him back to when he was a youngster.
“These events are what it’s all about for us,” he said. “Getting to meet these kids and these families. We want to give them a small distraction out of their day because who knows what they are going through. Who knows? What we do is really trivial compared to what they are going through as families. So, for us, this is to inspire these kids and make them feel how we were as children watching WWE superstars. This is all the name of the game.”
The event was part of WWE SummerSlam Weekend.
WWE has strong partnerships with several nonprofit and charitable organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation. John Cena set the record of any athlete or celebrity by granting more than 500 wishes and counting.
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