Darren Young Speaks On What Mark Henry Told Him When He Came Out, Bob Backland & More


A few years back, WWE superstar Darren Young announced that he was gay and has been supported by WWE fans since. Recently, Young was a guest on AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360 (Sean Waltman Podcast).

Here are the highlights and the full video version will be down below: (transcripts by WrestlingINC)

Darren Young On Knowing He Was Gay His Whole Life:

“I always knew I just surprised my feelings. Just fear of judgment you know fear of losing friends so, for thirty years, I’m thirty-three now for thirty years I just lived my life not being myself so just imagine you know. Think of your most down moment you’re in life and times it by ten that’s how I felt. Just imagine not being able to be like other normal couples. That’s what I wanted to be ultimately as I grew up. I wanted to be like normal couples. I want to be able to hold hands in public and be affectionate when the time is right in a classy way. But that was my main goal that was my main goal and I accomplished it by coming out to TMZ .”

On Mark Henry Calling Him Gay Before He Came Out:

“When I first came up on the roster I had I had hair like Enzo kind of, it was spiky and stuff like that. So, Mark Henry, you know how he is. He’s just sitting there in the locker and he’s like, and this is a couple months on the road and he’s like,”Boy” and he’s long winded. “Boy why you got your hair like that?” Again I can say this story because he’s going to be putting this in his book so I told him, “Hey when I have an opportunity to tell this story I’m going to tell it because I don’t want to at first offend him but he’s okay with it so again he’s sitting there, “Boy why you got your hair like that?” I said, “Mark (biting my nails) Mark I’m just trying to be different. I’m just trying to stand out.” “Well you know it makes you look gay.” And this was before I came out so I’m just stuttering like I am now. Mark, I’m just trying to be different man you know.”

The Coach Bob Backland Story-Line:

“Well the reason why I came up with this idea was you know tag-teams don’t last forever so once I was done teaming with Titus,  I was kind of down and out and I kind of needed a life coach to kind of pick me up so I kind of took the idea from Mike Tyson and his former trainer Cus, so like they had an unusual relationship and Mike Tyson was you know locked in on Cus so I said why not bring Bob Backlund because we’ve done a lot of speaking engagements together before hand. I said I want to bring Bob back as my life coach and I went to Vince McMahon with visuals and I had it written out and he bought into it he enjoyed it. This was my idea.”

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