Mike Foss, USA TODAY Sports
Professional wrestler Darren Young was ambushed TMZ-style at LAX on Wednesday, and gave a surprising answer when asked whether a gay wrestler could succeed in the WWE.
"Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay," Young said. "And I'm happy. I'm very happy."
The answer visibly rattled the questioner who began his follow up by saying he was "flabbergasted." The 29-year-old Young appeared bemused by the reaction, and replied nonchalantly with several questions.
"Does it matter? Does it matter to you? Does it change what you think about me?"
Young went on to discuss the reaction he may face now that he has announced his orientation.
"Some people might not like it, some people will like it but I'm here to be happy," he said. "It's very important I'm happy with myself."
Young's answers and candor were lost on the TMZ reporter. The WWE star was attempting to demonstrate that his sexual orientation had nothing to do with his profession, his relationship with fans and coworkers, or his public perception. Why treat a homosexual wrestler differently than a heterosexual wrestler?
"All sports are physical. We're all adults," said Young. "To be honest with you, when I come to work, I come to work. This is business. I'm a WWE Superstar. I'm there to entertain the WWE Universe and that's what my job is to do and I do it well.
Young, whose real name is Frederick Douglas Rosser, joined WWE in 2005. Young was suspended for 30 days in 2011 for violating the WWE's Talent Wellness Program policy. He's currently a member of The Prime Time Players with tag-team partner Titus O'Neil.