Note: This is my Crunch Time column for the March 16 issue of The Cheney Free Press.
WWE will have their flagship event, Wrestlemania 33, is a few weeks away and I’m excited. For us pro wrestling fans, the event is kind of like the Super Bowl or the Academy Awards.
As part of the festivities, WWE holds its annual Hall of Fame ceremony, honoring performers and managers who have made their mark in the wrestling business. The Hall of Fame also has a celebrity wing that recognizes celebrities, including President Donald Trump, that have made memorable appearances on WWE programming.
In the last few years, the WWE has given out the “Warrior Award” named after WWE Hall of Famer, The Ultimate Warrior.
According to the WWE’s website, the award is given to an individual “who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of Ultimate Warrior.”
On March 13, WWE announced that the year’s recipient of the award is former Rutgers football player and motivational speaker, Eric LeGrand. LeGrand was paralyzed after he suffered a spinal cord injury during a game in 2010. During a kickoff, LeGrand collided with the ball carrier. After the tackle, he was on the ground for several minutes before being carted off the field.
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