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A Guelph, Ontario wrestling fan’s WWE dream comes true after a mix-up over accessible seating

A Guelph, Ontario wrestling fan’s WWE dream comes true after a mix-up over accessible seating
A Guelph, Ontario wrestling fan’s WWE dream comes true after a mix-up over accessible seating

A wrestling fan from Guelph, Ontario, says Saturday was a day he’ll never forget after attending WWE’s Money in the Bank event.

Mike “O’dah ziibing” Ashkewe initially won tickets to the popular WWE show through a contest at Toys “R” Us, but the next day he was told that the venue, the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, did not have room for his wheelchair.

Within days, his emotions went from excited to dejected and finally back to ecstatic joy, when CTV’s Spencer Turcotte received a surprise phone call Thursday while interviewing Ashkewe.

WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, also known as the ‘American Nightmare’, was on the phone and let Ashkewe know he would be going to the show after all.

Mike “O’dah ziibing” Ashkewe walks to his seats at Money in the Bank on July 6, 2024. (CTV News)Our cameras caught him before and during the show and to his surprise he got the full red carpet treatment.

He was presented with a replica of the Money in the Bank wrestling belt and a signed Cody Rhodes action figure.

Mike “O’dah ziibing” Ashkewe holds up a signed Cody Rhodes action figure he received from WWE on July 6, 2024. (CTV News)

“This is completely indescribable. You don’t get opportunities like this very often in life,” he said, while in the arena.

Before he stepped onto the field, he felt like one of the stars because he was recognized by other fans.

“You’re the man, right?” one fan asked.

“This was surreal,” he replied.

Mike “O’dah ziibing” Ashkewe is recognized by other fans outside the arena on July 6, 2024. (CTV News)

Even days later, Ashkewe told CTV News, the excitement hasn’t died down. But he’s also glad he got the chance to advocate for accessibility issues so it won’t be a barrier for future fans.

“This was me trying to make a little bit of a case, just to shed some light on. This is something that with a little bit of forethought can be solved,” he said.

On Monday, he told CTV News he hopes the conversation about accessibility continues.

“The point is to make sure that this conversation reads the resolution for everyone. Because this didn’t have to have a happy ending,” Ashkewe said.

Ashkewe said employees at his local Toys “R” Us even asked him how his weekend had been and said they were sorry for what had happened.