Give it seven years, and Kenny Allen says hell tattoo his stomach with the same words that circle his favorite wrestlers navel: STRAIGHT EDGE.
Kennys parents, Kenneth and Becki Allen, have World Wrestling Entertainment to thank for their 11-year-old son wanting to emulate his tied for favorite wrestler, CM Punk. His other favorite is Funkasaurus.
Two weeks after several inches of scalp were torn off after a pit bull attack, Kenny is recovering at his Rock Hill home.
On Friday, members of WWEs corporate office in Stamford, Conn., stuffed a box with action figures, autographed photos, a WWE backpack and magazine and a CM Punk T-shirt. They shipped it via Fed-Ex so that that it would arrive on Kennys doorstep by Monday.
Wow! Kenny said as he ripped open the box and grabbed the magazine.
Every few minutes, Kenny reached into the box, stopping only to squeal awesome and cool at each new gift he discovered.
Im happy, he said.
For WWE, Kennys happiness was the goal.
We just thought he was a brave young man, said Kevin Hennessy, WWE spokesman. It touched our hearts.
After reading in The Herald that Kenny was a WWE fan, we thought the least we could do is send him a few things and let him know that we and all the WWE superstars were thinking about him, Hennessy said.
The wrestlers Kenny so admires have heard his story, Hennessy said. Ricardo Rodriguez Alberto Del Rios personal ring announcer even joked that he may want Kennys help one day to teach people how to properly pronounce Albertos name.
WWE is known for its charitable works, Hennessy said, but isnt able to fulfill every request.
Kenny was different.
Kennys case was extremely touching, Hennessy said. It was something that we talked about in the halls here in Stamford.
Kenny plans to place the signed photos of Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk and fellow WWE wrestler Kane in frames. He plans to follow the magazines instructions and create a Punk pillow, inspired by CM Punks signature move, The Sleeper. Hell also store his backpack away.
Itll lose value if I use it, he said.
Kenny wasnt the only one to benefit from WWEs contributions. His sister, 15-year-old Courtney, now has a picture of the cute John Cena she can stare at.
Closer to home, the Rock Hill community has been equally supportive.
During a weekend trip to Walmart, random shoppers stopped Becki and Kenny and asked about his condition. Some prayed with him, Becki said.
A member of the familys church has agreed to change the dressing around Kennys head each day. At first, Becki did it.
Its pretty bad, she said, describing the sight of Kennys wound.
Neighbors gave Kenny a giant Hulkmania cup filled with money. They only had one request: He had to use some of the money to buy WWE tickets.
Not a problem for the wrestling fan, who plans to purchase his tickets right after he stashes some of the cash in a bank account and buys an iPod.
Kenny walks outside but freaks out when he sees dogs. He still fears a neighbors German shepherd, Becki said. He spent his first night out of the hospital at his pastors house.
Michelle Parrish, who lives just three driveways from the Allen family, went to their house on the night of the attack alongside her 5-year-old daughter and boyfriend.
Parrish, a certified nursing assistant, instructed Kennys father to apply pressure to the boys head as he bled on a couch.
I will never forget seeing Kennys injuries, she said.
Since then, Parrish has busied herself with organizing a June 23 yard sale meant to benefit the Allens. All proceeds will go toward paying Kennys hospital bills, which havent reached the family yet.
Oblivious to hospital bills, Kenny had a message for WWEs Big Show: No offense, but Funkasaurus could beat (him) anyday.
Also, he said, thank you.
Jonathan McFadden 803-329-4082