TMZ.com asked Shawn Michaels about his reaction to Darren Young coming out. Shawn said that he just found out about it but being gay in pro wrestling is “very eighties.” He said it’s something that’s been in the business for years but now it’s certainly a safe time to come out. Michaels said Young’s decision was gutsy and it was good. He said he doesn’t keep up much with WWE but that it’s actually hip to be gay right now.
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Richard Reacts: HBK’s attitude highlights what I’ve been saying in multiple interviews. Despite the mainstream stereotype of “pro wrestling people” being “out of touch” or “behind-the-times,” it’s actually quite the opposite. This is an issue we overcame years ago and we’re actually AHEAD of the curve when it comes to sexual orientation. That doesn’t mean that Darren Young coming out isn’t a big deal because it is. However, as you can see with Michaels, being gay in wrestling is nothing new.