Something interesting happened in wrestling in the last week. No, not “Summerslam,” nor TNA’s “Hardcore Justice” episode of “Impact Wrestling”. No, this Examiner refers to a man named Darren Young and his decision to come out to TMZ cameras.
Cedar Rapids wrestling fans know of Darren Young (real name Fred Rosser) from his weekly appearances on WWE as one half of the Prime Time Players with Titus O’Neil. The team has been a long standing heel faction in the company, one with little success. Even in his early days in the company, as part of the Nexus, Young was considered the weak link.
Young’s decision to come out made waves in the media. News stories popped up on multiple fronts. Young made an appearance on NBC’s “Today Show” to speak with Matt Lauer about it. Meanwhile most fans seemed unfazed by the news. Because while Young may be the first WWE star to come out while on the roster, we live in a society where few people care about the sexual orientations of others.
Some people fear this could result in slurs chanted by fans at wrestling events. Others worry that WWE might pull Darren Young from television entirely.
This Examiner hopes WWE takes the smart approach and capitalizes off Darren Young’s recent fame. They should immediately turn the Prime Time Players face.
With Kane’s defeat and kidnapping by the Wyatt Family, the Prime Time Players could easily move in to a feud with the new unit. Something as simple as a rescue could get them some solid fan support. Bray Wyatt and his weird cult-like brood would prove strong opponents to two young stars out to prove they are the best tag team in the world.
WWE could use Young’s recent attention to their advantage. If they do it well, Young could become a bigger star in their own promotion alongside O’Neil. If they do it right, Young’s sexuality should never come into play in storyline.
Darren Young has been a star with tons of potential since his independent days as Fred Sampson. Now let’s see if WWE can turn what ten years ago would have been seen as a huge negative for him into a huge positive.
Cedar Rapids wrestling fans can watch Young and O’Neil on most episodes of “Monday Night Raw” at 7 p.m. on USA.