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WWE champ makes soldier a Wrestlemania VIP

  • Sheamus surprised SSG Clay Ragsdale on the HLN set
  • He's getting VIP treatment at Wrestlemania, plus much more!

Every week leading up to Veterans Day, HLN has been recognizing the dedication of American service members in our "Stories of Courage: The Give Back" series.

On Friday, Natasha Curry welcomed Staff Sgt. Clay Ragsdale onto the Morning Express set.  He served in the Georgia National Guard for seven years. In 2009, Staff Sgt. Ragsdale was injured by shrapnel in Afghanistan, while serving with the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.  Now, he helps provide honors during military funerals at the Georgia National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters.

Staff Sgt. Ragsdale also happens to be a huge fan of WWE wrestling.  So you can imagine his surprise when we brought WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus onto the set to surprise him.  And that wasn’t all!

The WWE gave Staff Sgt. Ragsdale premium seating for the next Wrestlemania, plus tickets to the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  His flight and hotel accommodations are also taken care of for 4 nights in New York City for himself and a guest.  In addition, he’ll be Sheamus’ special guest at the “Hell in a Cell” event
being held in Atlanta on October 28th.

Congrats Staff Sgt. Ragsdale and thank you for your service!

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