In recent years, WWE has made a commitment to be as diverse as possible. There are more minorities featured on their programming these days and they are now making a bigger push to reach out to the LGBT community.
A decade ago, it would have been unlikely to see a Superstar reach out to the LGBT community on a stage as big as WrestleMania but it finally happened this year during Finn Balor’s entrance. There is one WWE Superstar who wishes that he could have been a part of the celebration and he talked about that this week during an interview on the With Spandex podcast.
Fred Rosser (the former Darren Young) noted that Finn Balor is one of his favorite guys. He said, “Him, Sonya Deville — I remember watching her in NXT. I’ve seen her at the Performance Center. She showed me so much love. Finn showed me so much love. So to see those guys represent the LGBT community meant the world to me.”
He added, “When I got released, I was okay with it, but when I’m seeing them do that [LGBT] representation, I was devastated, because I wasn’t invited. I would’ve loved to have been invited just to see that we’re making moves, but I wasn’t invited to something that I begged and pleaded to embrace.”
Young expressed some frustration because he wanted to do something similar at last year’s show in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting. He said, “WrestleMania, it was in Orlando [last year] and I had asked were we doing anything of the LGBT community? Were we doing anything for Pulse? And nothing.” He continued, “It is what it is, but I cried like a baby, man.” He also said that it broke his heart and they (WWE) know that but he knows that life must go on.
His frustration is understandable and perhaps, WWE didn’t feel like it was the right time to do something last year. At least it’s being done now and, as Finn Balor recently said on social media, he plans to continue to represent the LGBT community in a positive way.