On Saturday, Sept 16th, 2017, in Oshawa, ON, at a Pro Wrestling Eclipse event, Cody was surprised with a very special gift from three very special fans.
Cody wrote the following about the experience on his Facebook page:
Some wrestlers might say, "I have the greatest fans in the world," just because it sounds like a nice thing to say. But I know I can say it and actually mean it.
This past Saturday in Oshawa, Ontario, 3 of my biggest fans - James, MacKenzie & Brayden - came into the building telling me they had a surprise for me.
They told me they wanted me to look out into the crowd when I came to the ring and they'd show me the surprise then. But this was an hour before belltime, and after about 15 mins of waiting, they couldn't contain their excitement to show me what they made me, so they asked if they could show me BEFORE the show. Of course, I agree.
On their instruction, I turned around and closed my eyes until they said it was ok to look. When they were ready, I turned around and opened my eyes and I couldn't believe what I saw: A GIANT professionally made vinyl banner proudly proclaiming me as their champion. Included on the poster are moments we've shared together at shows either at intermission or before an event.
To say I was floored by this would be an understatement. It's very rare that I'm left speechless, but this was definitely one of those occasions.
I thought it was so cool that they'd be bringing this banner to events, but then they told me ... no, they wanted ME to KEEP it. And they wanted to autograph it for me too. :)
I'm not ashamed to say that after receiving the gift I was left stunned at my merch table and had a few minutes alone before more fans started to filter in. I fought pretty hard holding back tears in those few minutes as the realization of the effect I had on these kids started to hit me.
I've preached this to fellow wrestlers before, but it warrants repeating again here... never underestimate the influence you have on those around you. Whether you WANT to be influential or not... you ARE. So take that position seriously.
I take it seriously. And honestly, I've grown to actually cherish it.
Thank you James, MacKenzie & Brayden. Your gift is going to be displayed proudly in the "Deaner Man Cave."
I can whole-heartedly & proudly proclaim that my fans - The Deaner Dynasty - are the greatest fans in the world.
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