Way back in 2012, Daniel Bryan granted a wish to a young boy named Connor Michalek in Pittsburgh after his family launched a (successful) Facebook campaign to meet his favorite wrestler. WWE took it much further when Connor was given unprecedented access at WrestleMania 30, and even got to celebrate with Bryan after his WWE world heavyweight championship win in the main event.
Sadly, Connor lost his battle with cancer. On top of airing an incredible tribute to him on Raw, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon launched a fund called "Connor's Cure" to help further research in the hopes of finding a cure for pediatric cancer.
Now, WWE has announced that Connor will be given the first ever "Warrior Award," to be presented at the WWE Hall of Fame 2015 induction ceremony later this month in California.
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.