So far so good with WWE's handling of Darren Young coming out as gay

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When Darren Young came out as gay, there were immediate questions raised regarding how exactly WWE would handle the revelation on television. So far so good.

If you have yet to read my colleague Keith Harris' in depth post on WWE's checkered past in regards to homosexuality in pro wrestling, please go do so by clicking here. It provides the perfect backdrop for this update on how WWE has handled Darren Young coming out as gay just last week.

No, I'm not referring to the fact that the company carefully orchestrated his revelation, but rather how it would be approached on television in regards to Darren Young the character, who works as one half of the Prime Time Players tag team with Titus O'Neil.

Well, Monday Night Raw has come and gone and it should be noted that WWE seemed to strike the perfect tone. Here's the video of Young's match on the show:

At no point during the bout did the commentary team make mention of Young coming out. He was treated no different this week than he was last week or the week before it. Yes, his team worked as the babyfaces when they were heels before he came out, and yes, he was set up to get the hot tag and come in like a house of fire before scoring the pinfall victory but really, it probably would have looked bad had the company booked his team to lose.

For those curious, Young also went over on Antonio Cesaro at the Friday Night SmackDown taping that took place last night in Bakersfield, California.

That means so far we've had WWE book him to win two matches as a babyface without ever mentioning his sexual orientation while avoiding turning it into an angle.

Golf clap.

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