How would it work if WWE had a guy come out and say that they were gay? And how it work if said person announced that they were gay in real life, too?
I got the idea from two different sources, both of them television shows.
The first is a show on the USA Network called Necessary Roughness. I watched the last few episodes of the second season that played on TV lately, and (this is a spoiler) they had a football player come out and announce that he was gay. It was considered a big deal and the press was all over it and everything. He was even afraid to come out because he thought he would be ostracized from his team and perhaps all of football.
The second show is The Wire. If you've never seen The Wire (and if you haven't, watch it, it's a great show), there is a character named Omar. He robs drug dealers. He takes their money and/or their drugs for himself, and when the show begins, he's been doing this successfully for about seven or eight years. He is a very hated man among drug crews and narcotics traffickers for this reason. But there is also one other reason why he's so hated - because he's gay. Because in real life, there is a stereotype that gay men are usually feminine and/or soft and weak. That attitude is especially true among gangsters on the streets, and so it only infuriates them even more that this "toggaf" (as they put it in the show) is out there ripping and robbing them, leaving them holding nothing but their you-know-what.
Point is, imagine a guy came out and said he was gay, or was somehow "outed" in some way. The unique thing could be that he's gay but also extremely tough in the ring (that's where the Omar comparison comes in, because it goes against the stereotype of being a sissy.) Goldust was the same way. "Exotic" Adrian Street was the same way. Both weren't really gay but rather trannies, but when they got in the ring, they were still tough competitors. A wrestler who came out as a homosexual on the show (whether he really was one in real life or not) could be handled in the same way.
Imagine, for example, if two guys who were assholes (imagine like Christian and Jericho when they had their friendship back in 2003/2004) made a passing comment to one another backstage that they think so and so is gay. But then overtime, it turns into a serious question. Eventually, you get a segment where someone insults so and so for being gay. The person confronts the person who has made such homophobic remarks, and is asked if he really is gay. The person says "what if I am?" Maybe he even suggests that said homophobe is furious because he can't stand the idea of a gay man being tougher or more successful than him. Feud erupts, etc. I have two or three different ways this thing could go. I think it'd make for a unique angle to have a gay guy be represented in a positive way on the show. Don't know if it would be perceived that way, considering how prevalent homophobia still is in many places, like the States. You'd also have to be careful with how it was done, as you could go over the line with it or get too sensitive about it.
What do you think?