In what is being applauded as the most magnanimous gesture yet in its long relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Wrestling Entertainment has granted a WrestleMania showdown with the Undertaker to eight-year-old Timmy O’Shanahan of Nebraska.
WWE has a policy to never decline Make-A-Wish requests — of which, 9,847 have involved John Cena inspiring ill youngsters to never give up — but Timmy’s is the first wish to result in a high-profile match at WrestleMania.
In an adorable promo video, Timmy issued a brave challenge to his dream opponent: “Da Undatakoh bettah watch out for me, ’cause I’m gonna wessle him and make him west in peeeeaaace.”
The Undertaker responded that Timmy will be his “most formidable WrestleMania opponent yet” — even more daunting than his toughest foe so far, Giant Gonzalez.
Veteran wrestling journalist Dan Mutzler argues that, while the Undertaker has experience and size in his favor, Timmy has a youth and an indomitable spirit.
“It’s a tough call,” writes Mutzler, “but expect Timmy to go over with his finisher, the super-duper-ultwa-elbow-dwop.”