Darren Young On Coming Out Publicly, Support From CM Punk & Randy Orton, What Hurt About His WWE Release

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Former WWE star Darren Young recently spoke with ESPN and below are some interview highlights:

On coming out publicly:

“When I came out publicly to TMZ, I didn’t really think it was a big deal when I said it,” Rosser said. “But when the news hit the world, Cher was actually the first person to contact me on social media. She told me her friend was a big wrestling fan and that my story made him courageous enough to come out to his family.

“That’s when I knew that my calling became much bigger than wrestling in the ring. It became about fighting bigotry and hatred, and trying to be the voice of the voiceless. That’s how the Block the Hate movement came along.”

On the support he received from WWE:

“After Punk had his SummerSlam match with Brock Lesnar [in 2013], he came up to me in catering in front of everyone while he was iced up from the match,” Rosser said. “He approached me and told me to stand up. He said, ‘Hey, man, I heard your story and I’m very proud of you for being so courageous to make that move to come out. If anyone has a problem with it in the locker room, you let me know, and I’ll take care of it.’

“Same thing with Randy Orton. He’s one guy who gave me a big hug and much love, still to this day. Big Show was always complimenting me too. Just the love from those guys, and knowing that those particular guys have my back, means the world to me. I’ll never forget how much love those guys showed for me, then and after.”

On his WWE release:

“I’d been doing so much PR work since I’ve been signed, I was one of WWE’s main guys that always did PR work,” Rosser said. “When I was a guest at the Clipper game, and then getting released 24 hours later, it was a little rough for me. A bit of a tough pill to swallow. I didn’t know why the release had happened. What was even rougher was that the release came right before my birthday on Nov. 2. I never even received the usual birthday message, so I was a little hurt by everything.”

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