Earlier this week Jason Collins (NBA player) came out as the first active player in any of the four major sports leagues in the United States as a homosexual. How do you think the wrestling world will handle a gay wrestler? Would you see any issues in the locker room or with the fans and do you know of any wrestlers that are gay?
We’ve already been there! Orlando Jordan is bisexual and has worked for both WWE and TNA Wrestling. The only other name I can think of off the top of my head is Chris Kanyon, an “out” homosexual, who died back in 2010. Kanyon worked for both WWE and WCW. These are two “out” workers but I’m sure there are others that don’t want their personal business out for the world to know. While I’m not aware of how either were treated, I’m sure it’s just like anywhere else. There were probably a few bad apples that poked fun but by large, I don’t think it was a big deal. What Jason Collins did took courage and it would take courage for an active WWE or TNA star to come out, however, I feel too much is being made of it. There’s no need to start a political or religious debate over the issue – some people are straight, others are gay. It’s just the way things are. It makes no difference to me. Can someone work and are they entertaining? That’s all that matters. The same goes with my favorite professional athletes, can they play? I could honestly care less about what happens in their bedrooms as it’s none of my business.
In your opinion, who is the best non-American wrestler to ever set foot in a WWE ring (not counting Canadians)?
I don’t like lists, because lists can be widely debated. However, William Regal, Fit Finlay and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith all have to be mentioned. I’m sure there are others as well but WWE has had an abundant amount of talent from areas outside of North America. How about workers like Taka Michinoku? We could sit here all day and name names, however, those are some that come to mind immediately – I guarantee you I’m forgetting some.
Do you think Triple H is under a lot of pressure to prove himself not only to Vince McMahon but the rest of the locker room?
Triple H has a high-pressure position but he’s doing just fine so far. Hunter is the entire reason Bruno Sammartino agreed to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, something Vince McMahon himself doubted. He’s also got his hand on developmental, which is thriving. I’m not opposed to Hunter taking over for Vince and think it’s a really smart move. Triple H eats, sleeps and breathes pro wrestling. He’s worked his way up from the bottom and has a wrestling mentality, this is something that gets him respect and nullifies the argument that his marriage to Stephanie McMahon gave him his spot in the business. News flash haters, Hunter was a top guy when he was dating Chyna. I don’t agree with everything Triple H has done but it’s hard to say anything bad about him either.
This week on Raw we saw Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston for the 22nd time on TV/PPV combined. Do you agree there is a lack of meaningful midcard talent? And that TV could benefit from having the likes of John Morrison, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, etc… around?
If that “twenty-second” statistic is accurate, kudos for that – that’s good research. Talent or the lack of it isn’t WWE’s problem. WWE has plenty of talent and a stocked developmental system to boot. What you saw on WWE Raw was a burnout writing team looking to fill three hours with uncertainty regarding John Cena, no CM Punk and the transition without part-timers like The Rock. I agree the company needs more talent at the top but this starts with the booking. Why is Antonio Cesaro being humbled? Hasn’t Team Hell No run it’s course? There are guys capable of carrying the company but this falls on bad writing, fueled by political agendas backstage and an overworked creative team.
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