Sometimes, there’s a disagreement among WWE management about a superstar taking a character and running with it. For most, the WWE superstar makes the character, and the other way around. When a male or female wrestler gets TV time, there are discussions to figure out what character he or she will be.
There are absolute success stories, such as Bray Wyatt. Before he took on the Wyatt character, he portrayed Husky Harris. The WWE NXT alum was a tanker truck with a ferrari engine. Clearly, that didn’t pan out. As soon as he made the transition to Bray Wyatt, history wrote itself for years to come.
Now, this all ties in with a prominent topic in today’s society. WWE has a great relationship with the LGBT community, as one of their champions came out as gay in the last couple of years. Darren Young, one-half of the WWE Tag-Team champions, does not portray a gay character on television.
Since Billy and Chuck in the mid-2000’s, there hasn’t been a gay character on WWE television. In a new report by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, there were plans for a gay character for one of WWE’s biggest stars, Brock Lesnar.
“WWE was playing with the idea of debuting a gay character in 2002 that would be a tough guy who outs himself as being gay, but would do none of the stereotypes and would be portrayed as a kick-ass main eventer. The idea was for the person to be Lesnar when he made his debut that year.
WWE felt that they would get huge support from the gay community, as well as positive support from the media for having a ‘progressive character.’ “
The idea evidently got turned down and it was never brought up again. Inside the report, SEScoops revealed two WWE Magazine writers came up with the idea, one of which is Brian Solomon. Credit must be given where it is due, as it was a good idea at the time.
That was Brock Lesnar back in 2002. He wasn’t the Beast Incarnate, but he did make a huge impression on the WWE Universe at that time. Even to this day, Lesnar is getting more impressive by the evening. Along with his manager, Paul Heyman, they sold out a WWE Network special, conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania and had a great run as WWE champion. Would a gay character have worked for Lesnar?
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