“Randy, from then on, was my heart” – Darren Young reveals how Randy Orton supported him after he came out

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|Published 03/01/2021

Darren Young reveals how Randy Orton supported him after he came out of the closet. He also spoke about he backs him to achieve his ambitions.

Coming out of the closet is a very anxious time for many. It was no different for former WWE star Fred Rosser, more commonly known as Darren Young to the fans. However, he had the backing of one of the locker room leaders to help him.

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In a conversation with Wrestling Inc. the former WWE tag team champion opened up on what Randy Orton told him after he came out. He also spoke about how he still has the Apex Predator’s support regarding his ambitions in the wrestling industry.

Darren Young reveals how Randy Orton supported him 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,” Rosser aka Darren Young said. “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.

He also revealed that AEW turned him down twice. However, NJPW was always his goal. Not only was Orton aware of it but he was also supportive of it.

“Randy is a cool dude, and I had posted something recently on my social media because I get tired of fans asking me, ‘Oh, why don’t you try AEW?’ Well, I tried AEW, not once but twice, and they said nope,” he revealed.

“And that wasn’t really my goal. My goal was New Japan Pro Wrestling,” he continued. “I’ve got a lot of work to do, and he liked the tweet. Randy knows what’s up. He don’t like a lot of people’s stuff. He likes the real ones, and that meant the world to me.”

Rosser made his WWE debut with The Nexus back in 2010. He then went back to NXT where he feuded with and then formed the Prime Time Players with Titus O’Neil. The two would eventually win the WWE Tag Team Titles before going their separate ways.

Young was let go from the WWE in 2017. He would eventually sign with NJPW last year in August and has been a part of their US expansion show NJPW Strong since.

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Archie Blade

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Archie is a WWE and UFC Editor/Author at the SportsRush. Like most combat sports enthusiasts, his passion for watching people fight began with WWE when he witnessed a young Brock Lesnar massacre Hulk Hogan back in 2002. This very passion soon branched out to boxing and mixed martial arts. Over the years he fell in love with the theatrics that preceded the bell and the poetic carnage that followed after. Each bruise a story to tell, each wound a song of struggle, his greatest desire is to be there to witness it all. His favorite wrestler is Shawn Michaels and he believes that GSP is the greatest to ever step foot inside the octagon. Apart from wrestling, he is also fond of poetry and music.

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