Independent wrestling star Fred Roser (fka Darren Young in WWE) spoke with Wrestling Inc. about a variety of topics, including the support he received from former WWE champion Randy Orton as soon as he came out as gay. Highlights are below.
Orton showing him support after he came out:
Once I came out publicly to the world in 2013, I never said two words to a lot of the main guys, but once I came out, he was one of the guys that passed me in the hallway the day after I came out, and he gave me a hug. He said, ‘Hey man, if you have any issue, you let me know, and I’ll take care of anyone in the locker room.’ Him and CM Punk were top guys that said those exact words and Randy, from then on, was my heart.
Still hanging with Orton when he visits WWE:
Any time I visit backstage with WWE, I see him passing. I was like, ‘Hey Randy, you mind if I get a money shot doing the Block The Hate?’ And he was so into it. There were no cameras around, and he was like, ‘Yeah, man, let’s get it right.’ And then we finally took the picture, and I tweeted it. He messaged me saying, ‘Oh man, you’re making me blush.’ Randy is a cool dude.