In this day and age, with WWE blurring the lines of what is real and what is fake, it is a welcome sight to see Darren Young and the Prime Time Players return to Monday Night Raw without a hitch.
Young, who revealed his sexual orientation to TMZ last week, became the first openly gay full-time wrestler in the promotion. His decision was met with praise from around the sports entertainment industry. Arguably the organization’s biggest star, John Cena, had nothing but positive commentary when it came to Young’s revelation.
Other current and former WWE superstars, including Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and others took to Twitter to congratulate Young.
The praise from his co-workers seamlessly translated into a continued healthy work environment. Young and partner Titus O’Neil hit the stage Monday night in character as the Prime Time Players. When the Real Americans, a team composed of Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger came to the ring, their verbal leader, Zeb Colter, berated the Los Angeles crowd with his standard monologue.
There was no attention paid to Young’s sexual preference when it conceivably would have been in Colter’s nature to do so. Instead, Colter focused again on immigration issues, keeping the attention on getting the crowd against his team instead of a personal attack on their opponent.
The two squads put on a quality match, with the only difference being the crowd was fully behind Young and O’Neil. They had an even back-and-forth match, with Cesaro beating down O’Neil until he could make the hot tag to Young. The electric Young hopped in the ring, cleaned house and hit his Gut Check finisher to close out the win.
Less than one week after making such a massive announcement, WWE allowing Young to portray a successful, woman-chasing character despite his announcement shows growth as a company.