Back in December of 2012, we posted the story of a young boy with brain cancer who tapped out Daniel Bryan. It wasn’t much fanfare, and at the time, none of us could have known the effect Connor Michalek would have on those in WWE and people around the world. A little more than two years later, everybody knows his name, his story, and the profound effect this brave little kid had on everyone who met him.
Connor Michalek, a Pittsburgh native and passionate WWE fan who passed away last year from cancer, will be the first-ever recipient of the Warrior Award, which will be presented each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
The Warrior Award will be given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior. This year, the award will be presented by The Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior, and WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to Steve Michalek, Connor’s father. – WWE.com
Watch the announcement video below, and start your day off by being very much not okay: