Anti-LGBT Wrestling Superstars – Top 10
If you’re one to read the dirtsheets – and since you’re reading this it’s safe to say you are – you’re probably aware of the longstanding rumors of a secret homosexual subculture in WWE (and wrestling altogether).
From the beginning of the 1980s onwards, there have been rumblings of homosexual relationships between top stars and the big players behind the screens. Several former superstars (who were admittedly a little disgruntled) have alluded to a love affair between “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon during the 1990s.
Current WWE employees Darren Young and Pat Patterson are both gay men, and Patterson is one of the longest tenured employees in company history, -so it doesn’t seem that being gay is really that much of an issue in WWE.
While the company as a whole is clearly a supporter of the LGBTQ community (their recent demonstrations to show solidarity with the victims of the Orlando shooting is a testament to this), there have been a number of performers and officials who have not been as open-minded.
Some have been accused of homophobic antics backstage, while others have used a homophobic slur online only to be made into a wider issue by the Internet’s most vocal users. Some, however, have been steadfast in their disapproval of the gay community and even in 2016, stand by their traditional values. A lot of these comments aren’t all that surprising when you think about it, but there are some names on this list which will likely come as a disappointment to a number of readers.
Here are 10 wrestling superstars you didn’t know were anti-LGBT
10. Matt Hardy
Poor Matt Hardy hasn’t had the greatest time on social media. The Internet Wrestling Community has had numerous reasons to mock the veteran.
While most of the ridicule Hardy has received has been through no fault of his own, the backlash he experienced back in 2011, when he uploaded a homophobic video to YouTube, was all his own doing.
Hardy obviously realized what a terrible move he had made shortly after posting the footage, as he removed it less than 15 minutes later. However, by that time, hundreds of wrestling fans around the world had watched it and reported it to various wrestling news websites.
According to those who saw it, the video (which was entitled “The NWO Shane Helms”) featured Hardy and a friend of his using multiple gay slurs without any clear reason. Since uploading and deleting the video, Hardy has climbed atop his high horse, criticizing anybody on Twitter he deems to be using homophobic language.