Randy Orton, Big Show and Titus O'Neil Support Darren Young [VIDEO], First Openly Gay Active Wrestler
WWE Superstar Darren Young surprised the wrestling world by coming out as the first openly gay active wrestler in an interview Thursday, and he continues to receive nothing but positive reaction from his peers.
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In the latest round of support from his fellow WWE Superstars, Darren Young's tag team partner in the Prime Time Players, Titus O'Neil offered his support. The Big Show and "The Viper" Randy Orton also had nothing but positive things to say. All three talked about Young's bold decision to come out to reporter Sam Roberts Thursday night at the WWE's Superstars for Hope party.
"It's not big deal," O'Neil, whose real name is Thaddeus Bullard told Roberts in the video. "It's a big deal to most because it's the first time it's done in professional wrestling period. But at the end of the day it's no big deal."
The full reaction from O'Neil can be seen below:
Much like O'Neil, the Big Show was also very supportive.
"I was surprised because I didn't know but that's never been an issue I'm concerned about," Big Show, known in real life as Paul Wight, said. "I like Darren. He's a great superstar, a great young kid. I commend him on his courage for being the first. That's the thing, anybody can follow in someone else's footsteps when they find out it's okay but to be the first one to jump in those uncharted waters shows a lot about his character and his courage."
Big Show's take on Young can be viewed below:
Randy Orton was the quickest of the three to react, showing his support for Young very early in the video.
"It's gotta be a tremendous relief for the guy to get that off his chest," Orton said. "I think people make such a big deal about this stuff but it's preference. It's to each their own. Let him do his thing he's not hurting anybody. It's okay to be gay, no big deal."
Orton's video can be seen here:
This outpouring of support comes after John Cena was approached about the news and had the bombshell dropped on him. Cena, like his peers, was nothing but supportive about Young's decision.
"Oh wonderful, good for him," Cena told TMZ after he learned of the news. "I know Darren personally. Darren's a great guy. That's a very bold move for him. And congratulations for him for actually finally doing it."
Many in the WWE took to Twitter to support Young, including Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and boss Vince McMahon, as well as former-WWE announcer and current ESPN TV personality Jonathan Coachman.
The video of Young coming out during the TMZ interview and John Cena's reaction can be viewed here: