Connor Michalek, a WWE fan who died last year from pediatric brain 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. It is named after WWE Hall of Famer the Ultimate Warrior, who passed away last year shortly after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
The award will be presented by the Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior, and WWE superstar Daniel Bryan to Steve Michalek, Connor’s father.
“On behalf of my family, we are truly humbled and honored that WWE will present an award in my husband’s name each year at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Dana Warrior said. “Connor displayed all of the positive traits that Warrior stood for, and he is the perfect recipient for this inaugural award. I am sure that Warrior is smiling today, knowing that this award is being given to a true warrior.”
“My family is forever grateful for the gift that WWE, its Superstars, Divas and executives gave to Connor,” said Steve Michalek. “They made him smile and encouraged him to continue fighting. His visits backstage, and his time in the ring with Daniel Bryan, brought Connor true joy and undoubtedly extended his life, giving us more time with him. Now, with this award and Connor’s Cure, Connor’s legacy will live on.”
"Connor Michalek had a profound impact on so many people,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE chief brand officer. "His spirit and love of life were so strong, you would have never known he was sick. I can think of no better way to honor Connor, than by recognizing him with our highest honor, the first fan to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, as a Warrior.”
Those who have seen the video honoring Connor shortly after he passed away last year know why he is a worthy recipient. You can watch that video above.