Gay Wrestler to Make His Video Game Debut in WWE 2K14

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In about three hours, 2K Sports will reveal the roster for the "30 Years of Wrestlemania" mode in WWE 2K14. The main roster hasn't been revealed yet, but 2K has said it will include Darren Young, the openly gay wrestler who this week had one of the most understated coming-outs, especially for a sports figure.


Yesterday morning, 2K Sports tweeted its congratulations to Darren Young "on his brave personal announcement," and welcomed him to the roster. It will be Young's video game debut; he's wrestled in the WWE since 2010, but spent most of that time in developmental circuits. He joined the SmackDown brand last spring with teammate Titus O'Neil as the tag team The Prime Time Players, so presumably O'Neil will be in the game, too.

On Thursday, Young was met by a TMZ camera and interviewer in an airport and was asked if he thought a gay man could be a successful pro wrestler. Realizing where the interview was headed, Young just up and said yes, because he was a successful gay wrestler.

"I’m a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now I’m gay and I’m happy. Very happy," Young said. His sexuality evidently was no secret among his fellow performers, and the WWE itself later released a statement of support.

As for 30 Years of Wrestlemania, the site reports that list went up prematurely on a mobile IGN site. They managed to pull the entire roster before it was quickly taken down. If you'd prefer to be surprised, the livestream begins in the ring at SummerSlam Axxess with Jim Ross and Jerry "the King" Lawler handling the ceremonies. You can see it on 2K's channel.


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Randall Ward

How was his coming out understated? Why does it even matter in the big scheme of things? I've never understood why there is such pomp and circumstance about "stars" coming out. So what, this person is gay or that person is a lesbian. It doesn't really matter at all.