Some companies just know what it means to give back. This is one of the many reasons why I adore being a paid ambassador for the WWE. Get your tissues ready.
In case you haven’t seen him yet, let me introduce you to the newest WWE superstar. His name is Elijah Mainville, but you can feel free to call him Drax Shadow. He even has his very own tag line. “Don’t fear the darkness. Fear the shadow.”
Elijah was given his new title last week at Monday Night Raw near his home in San Jose, right after the live show went off the air.
But, as you may have guessed, there is more to the story.
Elijah was diagnosed with high-risk stage 4 neuroblastoma five years ago at the age of three. In April, he and his family were given the news that his cancer was in remission, only to find out that it returned in July. Elijah’s chances of long-term survival are slim, but that has not stopped his spirit.
Like so many young children (and adults alike), Elijah’s dream was to be a WWE superstar. So when WWE announced the return of it’s reality show, Tough Enough, Elijah was one of thousands who made an audition video, hoping to be chosen to earn a WWE contract on the show. Well, he made it with a little help from his mother, of course.
WWE executives Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque got to see Elijah in action. After all, Elijah is the epitome of being Tough Enough. Known for their support of issues such as bullying, honoring the military, and breast cancer awareness, it was important to the couple to do something for Elijah too.
They first had a conference call that would make his dream come true, offering him an honorary contract and declaring him a WWE superstar. Then they gave him a “Money in the Bank” briefcase, a familiar item to all WWE fans. (Superstar Seth Rollins even carried one into WresleMania 31, containing his own WWE contract.)
On this very special evening, Elijah was escorted to the ring alongside his favorite wrestler, Stardust, to sign his very own contract. And just like that, brave Elijah Mainville became known as Drax Shadow.
You can follow Elijah’s story or give Drax Shadow a shout out at on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elijahkickinNB. You can also follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DraxShadow or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Drax-Shadow/.
And remember. Don’t fear the darkness. Fear the shadow.
Disclosure: I am a paid ambassador for WWE and was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own. All images are courtesy of WWE or Elijah Mainville and family.