Watch heartwarming moment young WWE fan battling cancer meets his wrestling idols

WWE Superstars AJ Styles and Randy Orton have made one young fan’s dreams come true. Jake Smith, 12, who is battling cancer, met the wrestlers backstage in Newcastle on 12 May and his heartwarming reaction was captured on film.

Jake, who lives in Darlington, County Durham, believed he was going to a family dinner but his mother, Linda Smith, told the ecstatic youngster he would actually be attending WWE Live at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena. Not only would he watch the fight, but it was arranged that Jake would meet his favourite wrestlers Styles, 39, and Orton, 37.

Upon hearing the exciting news, video footage shot by his older sister Melissa Smith shows Jake joyfully jumping up and down. Backstage, the youngster is seen posing beside Styles with two thumbs up and hugging Orton in another photo. Jake has Down’s Syndrome while also battling leukaemia, which he was diagnosed with in October 2015.

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Jake is now in the maintenance stage of chemotherapy with the treatment due to finish in February 2018.

The WWE enthusiast is being treated at the Newcastle Royal Victory Infirmary (RVI). The hospital houses an independent team from children’s charity Clic Sargent, which offers emotional support to the families of young cancer patients.

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Sharing Jake’s passion for wrestling, his mother Linda said: “Jake is obsessed by WWE, it’s his favourite thing in the whole world. His WWE videos are on constantly when he’s in hospital, and they are the only thing that will calm him down and distract him when he has to have upsetting things done, like needles going in. We are so proud of our little superstar and grateful to WWE and CLIC Sargent for putting a big smile on our own little fighter’s face.”

Praising WWE for their gesture of goodwill, Clic Sargent said in a statement: “Our support workers and nurses fight tirelessly for children and young people with cancer like Jake, who go through so much during treatment.

"We are so happy that the WWE were able to grant their first ever wishes for our charity on their UK tour, and thankful for their ongoing commitment to helping the dreams of sick children like Jake around the world come true.”

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okay so you guys seem to be enjoying my playlists (which can be found on my Spotify profile) and someone wanted a playlist to listen to when they’re out travelling (I assume driving or on a train/bus). hopefully you will all love this playlist and always want to play it when you’re going on holiday or out camping. as always you can follow this playlist by clicking here, and clicking the link will give you access to my other playlists.

  1. The Story You Should Tell - Nick Santino &The Northern Wind
  2. Apartment - Young The Giant
  3. Every Road - The Maine
  4. Darlington County - Bruce Springsteen
  5. Down By The Lake - McFly
  6. Undercover - Allstar Weekend
  7. Night Drives - Deaf Havana
  8. It’s Alright - Nick Santino & The Northern Wind
  9. Coming Home - Elliot Minor
  10. Finding Something To Do - Hellogoodbye
  11. Rules Of Attraction - Joe Brooks
  12. Like We Did (Windows Down) - The Maine
  13. Hot Air Balloon - Owl City*
  14. The Mountains Of Navaho - Scouting For Girls
  15. Drive By - Train
  16. Wild Heart - The Vamps
  17. Carribean War Syndrome - Twin Atlantic
  18. Drive - Kids In Glass Houses
  19. These Streets - Paolo Nutini
  20. Chocolate - The 1975
  21. All Summer Long - Kid Rock
  22. Go With The Flow - Queens Of The Stone Age
  23. Bruises - Train & Ashley Monroe
  24. Kiss You - One Direction
  25. Whoa Oh! (Me vs Everyone) - Forever The Sickest Kids
  26. We’ll Be Coming Back - Calvin Harris & Example
  27. The A Team (Acoustic) - Ed Sheeran
  28. Disconnected - 5 Seconds Of Summer*
  29. Run and Hide - This Century
  30. Go With The Flow - 1985

*these songs aren’t available on Spotify, so I’ve used alternatives, however, if you have the songs downloaded you can use them.


Driving in to Darlington County
Me and Wayne on the Fourth of July
Driving in to Darlington County
Looking for some work on the county line
We drove down from New York City
Where the girls are pretty but they just want to know your name
Driving in to Darlington City
Got a union connection with an uncle of Wayne’s
We drove 800 miles without seeing a cop
We got rock and roll music blasting off the T-top, singing… 


I just love it every time Bruce sets up Clarence for a saxophone solo. In Ramrod, he yells yelling, “Big Man!!” In I’m Goin’ Down, he goes, “Rock it now!” And in Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, well you know.

I think my favorite time is at the end of Darlington County when he says, “Big Man, play that saxophone!” during the fade-out.

Ahhhh Bruce. Ahhhh Clarence. Ahhhh feels!