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WWE Superstar

... I'm Gay

8/15/2013 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

081413_darren_young_launch_wmWWE superstar Darren Young just dropped a bombshell, telling TMZ, he's gay ... and no, this isn't part of the act.

Darren was at LAX Wednesday when we asked whether a gay wrestler could succeed in WWE, and Darren laughed, saying, "Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay. And I'm happy. I'm very happy."

For the record, Darren is now the first openly gay wrestler ever at WWE ... and the first headlining wrestler ever to come out while still signed to a major promotion.

Other pro wrestlers have been rumored to be gay, but that's it ... just rumors.

Bottom line: this is big, big news. For all its chauvinism and testosterone-driven bravado, coming out in WWE is tantamount to coming out in the NFL.

Of course, wrestling is a little different, particularly because of how physical it is, and how little clothing is involved -- but Darren is completely unfazed. Watch the video to hear why.

Current WWE Champ John Cena is already weighing in on Darren coming out. Check out his reaction here.

Young is also receiving full support from the WWE ... which says it's "proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality."

A rep for the organization adds, "We will continue to support him as a WWE Superstar.  Today, in fact, Darren will be participating in one of our Be A Star anti-bullying rallies in Los Angeles to teach children how to create positive environments for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation."


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HOLY CRAP, havent stopped yelling
still not a fan of the PTP but holy crap

and power to him

413 days ago


I thought he was with tamina snuka

413 days ago


Who cares ????

413 days ago


jumping on sweaty guys in purple spandex, guys constantly grappling each other without really ailing each other? I have NO idea why people could think, wrestling is gay!

413 days ago


Who people choose 2 share their bed with is a personal choice ....if we continue 2 make it an objection than that is exactly what it will be....

413 days ago


Alright tmz now it's your turn

413 days ago


It will be interesting to see how the WWE reacts. He's a lower card wrestler right now. If he doesn't advance up the card - will he claim it's because he's gay? Or if he does move up the card, is it because he's gay?

413 days ago


i Know About RICKY MARTIN Since He Was Very Young and His MUSIC CONCERTS Were Always Full Of Like 90% WOMEN But Since RICKY Came Out As GAY Now WOMEN Know RICKY MARTIN Does NOT Like Them At ALL So Now RICKY'S Career is Basically OVER.............I'm Sure If RICKY MARTIN Would've Came Out As BISEXUAL His Singing Career Would've Been in MUCH BETTER Shape.........................The World is a Cruel Place and You Don't Owe NOTHING To People and Remember That a BISEXUAL Person is 50% GAY So That's Honesty Enough..............Live and Learn RICKY !

413 days ago


He SUCKS. His character isn't anything special at all. Will he not advance because he's gay? No. He won't advance because he's generic.

413 days ago


And there goes another career.

413 days ago


Rumor is Vice McMahon is bi,so there ya go.

413 days ago


The forefathers of gay wrestling are Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake, of course. ♥♥And they love each other until today ♥♥

413 days ago


Actually your story is false, Orlando Jordan is the first openly gay wwe wrestler. He came out before he got fired by wwe years ago. And orlando had an openly gay gimmick on tna. Why is Being gay still newsworthy in 2013, who really gives a ****?!

413 days ago


TMZ states "...this is big, big news. For all its chauvinism and testosterone-driven bravado..." I guess TMZ does not remember about 50 flamboyant characters in WWF/WWE including, to name a few, Gorgeous George, Adrian Adonis, Golddust, and the tag team of Bill and Chuck who nearly go married on TV. Is the only criteria to write for TMZ is to be stupid, unaware of facts and unable to do research?

413 days ago


Kayne better keep his head up or he's likely to walk into something else.

413 days ago
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