Back in the summer of 2015, Elijah Mainville submitted what was clearly the best Tough Enough audition tape. Though the then eight-year-old was too young to make the actual show, WWE still went out of their way to do something incredible for the young boy who had been suffering from pediatric cancer for five years: they made him a real-life WWE Superstar.
Though he went into remission in 2015, Elijah’s cancer returned. His favorite wrestler, Stardust, and Arrow star/occasional wrestler Stephen Amell paused their feud to join forces and raise money for the Mainville family. They auctioned off Amell’s Slammy Award, and released a special t-shirt with the proceeds going towards Elijah’s medical expenses.
Aside from the monetary help, those involved with his story at WWE have also made an effort to support Elijah in other ways. This week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon sent Elijah a Mattel-produced action figure for his pro wrestling alter-ego Drax Shadow.
Elijah’s mom posted details of the custom action figure, that features both Drax as he is now, and a fully-realized adult version of his imagined character:
Not for sale!!! One of a kind !! So this happened!!! Stephanie McMahon and Triple H sent a Mattel made Drax Shadow
It’s always wonderful to see the ways that pro wrestling can have such a monumental effect on people’s lives. You can learn more about Elijah and his family at their official GoFundMe page.