Former WWE Superstar Darren Young recently spoke with the folks at Uproxx about Finn Balor’s entrance at WrestleMania 34 and wishing that WWE invited him to be a part of it, as he was WWE’s first-ever openly gay Superstar. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On Finn Balor including the LGBT community in his WrestleMania 34 entrance and wishing WWE had done something similar the year before following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida: “Finn Bálor is one of my favorite guys. 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. But I’ll be honest with you, man. 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. 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.”
On wishing WWE had invited him to take part in the celebration: “It is what it is, but I cried like a baby, man. The next day, Monday, after watching it back, I cried like a baby. When I got released, it’s okay. It is what it is, but when I’ve seen that [entrance] and I wasn’t [even] invited just to sit in the crowd and see the moves that we’re making, it broke my heart. They know that. They know that, but hey, it is what it is. Life goes on. Finn’s a great guy. But to not be invited to such a amazing celebration amongst the LGBT community, it just broke my heart. Even to just be on the stage with everyone — like rah, rah, rah. I don’t care. I just want to be able to experience it. It means the world to me [to be included in that representation].”
Check out the complete Darren Young interview at Uproxx.com.
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