While at an airport baggage claim, a TMZ reporter asked Darren if a gay wrestler could survive in the WWE. He responded by saying, "Absolutely, look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest, I'll tell you right now. I'm gay. And I'm happy. I'm very happy.
WWE Champion John Cena offered praise for Young, as one of his brothers is gay as well. After the announcement was made, Cena had the following to say:
Oh wonderful...that's fantastic. I know Darren personally, he's a great guy. That's a very bold move for him, and congratulations to him for finally doing it. It's all about being professional, and Darren is a consummate professional. For us, it's all about entertainment. And if you're entertaining, you shouldn't be judged by race, creed, or color...as long as you're entertaining, and he is.
Young, who has been with the WWE for a few years now, has been part of a tag team with fellow superstar Titus O'Neil called The Prime Time Players. He originally was part of the renegade group known as NEXUS, that tore through WWE a few years back.
He is also not the first pro wrestlers to announce being gay. WWE Hall of Famer and first-ever Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson has made the announcement, as well as the late Chris "Kanon" Klucsarits. He made his announcement after he left WCW, nearly a decade before his noted 2010 suicide.
WWE has come under fire in recent years for a mountain of issues, from content to Linda McMahon's US Senate attempts. With their anti-bullying campaigns and "No H8" rallies, they will likely be placed further under the microscope to see if they will adhere to their own message, as Young is one of the first mainstream wrestlers to make this announcement while on an active roster.