You knew it was just a matter of time before they found this guy. His name is Ellis Mbeh and he spawned a thousand memes after his reaction to Brock Lesnar beating the Undertaker.
He did an extensive interview with WWE.com. Interesting tidbits on how he always rooted for the Undertaker to lose even though he thought it would never happen, a love/hate relationship with John Cena, how he found out he had blown up on social media and his Wrestlemania experience in general.
But, I think this part of the interview is what you should read.
WWE.COM: You’ve been to two WrestleManias. What were some of the highlights of your experiences?
MBEH: Last year was all about meeting Triple H. His [book, “Building a Better Game”] was the first one I actually read outside of school. It gave me confidence that I could work out. At one point I weighed 375 pounds, and that was in 2010, 2011. Something happened with me in a hospital I couldn’t explain; my blood pressure was really high … I took what I learned from Triple H and just committed myself. Every day I just went to the gym, worked out for hours with what I saw in the book and I just stayed determined. I know for a fact that if I’d never read his book I would not be here.
WWE.COM: What happened when you met him?
MBEH: Someone told me I only had 30 seconds, so I go “OK. I’ll just say what I have to say real quick, show him [my before and after picture] and that’s it.” I’d never been to Axxess before, never been to WrestleMania before.
I get in line and I’m third in line, my wife is right behind me, and the two guys in front of me just walk away. I guess they were going to see other Superstars. So out of nowhere, I was first and I’m crapping my pants. All the planning I had about 30 seconds ago is gone. I see him and he’s like, “How you doin,’ man?” and I go, “Um, I’m good.” He signed my title belt and I said, “I just want to thank you for saving my life,” and I just started crying. I just kept on talking and he just stopped and looked at me and I told him everything.
Like, who in the world gets to [meet] the person who saved their life, you know? People don’t get that moment. And he just listened to everything I said and he said, “I’m proud of you. You say you look up to me, but I’m proud of you.” Just hearing that made me feel like I did something right. He got the camera crew, we did an interview, he told me he was proud of me, he hugged me and that was it, but it meant a lot to me.
I think what people fail to realize about WWE fans, is in general they know Wrestling is fake and scripted, but in a world that can be quite depressing to escape that reality for a couple of hours is no different that people watching Scandal or Game of Thrones.
You never know what can be a life changing moment for you or who life you may change one day, so I am glad that Ellis got a chance to meet Triple H, very cool story.