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Wrestling Is the Gayest of All Sports. So Why Can’t They Do a Better Job Pushing Bi Wrestler Orlando Jordan?

Even though Orlando Jordan is been an openly bisexual professional wrestler for years, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling just repackaged him as even more overtly bisexual, even going so far as to have him kiss a guy and a girl and have his boyfriend rub his crotch in the ring. Reportedly, Spike TV is a bit uncomfortable airing the bi star’s antics, but it’s not because pro wrestling’s has never had flamboyant and overtly gay characters. Rather it’s because they’ve never had one that’s actually bisexual.

Jordan made his bisexual premier on TNA’s most recent Monday Night extreme, relays Outsports. It was “queer,” but mostly in the “strange” sense of the word:

Jordan was lowered from the ceiling wrapped in caution tape that said, “Cross the Line.” He then crawled and rolled around the ring like a cat on the prowl. He left the ring, walked over to a curtain and whipped off his sunglasses to reveal…he was wearing eyeshadow! The curtain raised to reveal a pretty woman and hot guy sitting on a couch with a picture connecting two male symbols and one female symbol. Jordan sat between the two and the camera cut away to a commentator who was nearly left speechless: “Well folks I don’t know what to make of that, but we’ll continue nonetheless.”

Because we’re literary queers, we’d like to point out that Orlando Jordan shares a name with Virginia’s Woolf’s gender-swapping character. And his character (must like hers) has caused some confused head-scratching among fans. Outsports‘ Cyd Ziegler Jr. writes: “It’s obvious the crowd was put off by the display. It sounded like you could hear a pin drop in the place: An awkward silence. I can’t even say it’s because it was a bisexual character, because you couldn’t tell that from what he was doing. It was just strange.”

And Ziegler’s right. Over time, wrestling has gradually embraced its overt homosexuality. It’s already an ultra-fake testosterone-soaked soap opera where mostly-naked musclemen in knee-high boots fight over a Bedazzled-looking belt. Behind-the-scenes teams of writers spend 5 hours a day figuring out how to best capitalize on the storylines of every actor: from the wrestlers and their managers to the announcers and referees themselves. So why then did TNA’s writers not know how to give Jordan a proper coming out that was more flashy and less queer?

After all, Jordan’s not the first wrestler ever to capitalize on his sexuality. Pro-wrestling’s long had gay characters designed to rile up the audience, starting with the (actually straight) father of modern pro-wrestling, “Gorgeous” George Wagner.

In 1941, Wagner emerged as “Georgeous George,” a vain heel who antagonized the fans with his exaggerated effeminate behavior. He grew his hair long, dyed it platinum blonde, and put gold-plated bobby pins in it (which he sometime gave to his fans as “Georgie Pins”). He was the first wrestler to really use entrance music—he’d enter to “Pomp and Circumstance” wearing a velvet, sequined robe on his own personal red carpet accompanied by two male valets who’d spread rose petals at his feet and carry his over-sized silver mirror. He’s rumored to have sprayed Chanel No. 5 around the ring and on the referee’s hands before every match. Some of his theatric entrances lasted longer than the matches themselves.

A more recent example of an overtly gay wrestling villain would be WWF’s Goldust—a character who used to molest and flirt with his opponents before finishing them off with moves like “Curtain Call” and the ball-busting “Shattered Dreams.”

But that’s the problem: Wrestling markets in gender stereotypes, from the ultra-aggressive hetero gorilla to his ultra-jealous buxom arm candy. There are so many easy-to-read cultural signifiers for gay men—narcissism, effeminacy, camp—that almost anyone can get them. Even wrestling’s prototypical dumb hick fans. But how do you signify that someone’s bisexual (especially when so many LGTs write off bisexuality as heteros looking to dabble or gay folks trying to “pass”)? Apparently, you cover them in police tape, give them mascara, have them crawl up a catwalk, and have them make out with a man and a woman.

If they wanted to do a REAL genderfuck, they could have gone a lot further. What makes pop-culture examples like David Bowie, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl”, or Madonna/Britney/Lady Gaga’s bisexual turns so sensational is that they each came as a surprise during the show already in progress. In contrast, Jordan’s bisexuality is the show (and one that quickly ran out of steam). To really queer it up, they could have had him appear as a female wrestler looking to fight a male competitor. Jordan could have made out with a woman before the match, and then had his fake breasts torn off during the match, only to be lead away by his boyfriend after he pinned his competitor. Offensively campy, yes… but much more exciting and sensational than sitting him between a guy and a girl.

Unlike pro-wrestling’s other gay characters (such as Gorgeous George, the “Exotic” Adrian Street, Adrian Adonis, Rico, and the West Hollywood Blondes, Chuck and Billy), Jordan’s not just acting—he’s openly bisexual in real life. So maybe the newfound emphasis on his overt bisexuality isn’t just a ploy but also an acknowledgment of his actual life or an attempt to profit off of the sensationalism of recent gay celebrity outings.

Since the franchise is focusing on Orlando Jordan’s bisexuality, it’s because they plan of profiting off of it. But you gotta wonder: Who’s their target demographic. Bisexual men and women who’ll be turned on by his steamy and incredibly strained entrances? Or easily-offended fans who’ll foam at the mouth for Jordan to lose?

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Mar 31, 2010
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  • 22 Comments
    • chelly
      chelly

      The audience is basically comprised of your average gay hating Americans anyway, so I’m not surprised his behavior caused sneers from their ugly, fat faces.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 2:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeffree
      jeffree

      Publicity stunt!??
      We have gay-for-pay porn stars, so why not bi-for-big-bucks wrestler?. and f he really really is bi, well good for him 4 playing 2 his strengths! Every entertainer needs something to make them stand out, right?

      BTW when is a NASCAR driver going to come out as gay or bi?

      Mar 31, 2010 at 3:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Patrick
      Patrick

      The announcers sound like your typical American douche bag homophobes.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chad
      Chad

      Maybe an article taking offense about the negative LBGT stereotypes in wrestling would be best served in not negatively stereotyping the wrestling audience as “dumb hicks”.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 3:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daniel
      Daniel

      Just to be clear, I’m not offended at their presentation of him, nor do I think the audience sneered. I think that both Jordan’s handlers and the audience didn’t really know what to make of him. And rightfully so. Watch the video and check your own reaction.

      The bigger question here is what would have been more creative/sensational ways to present his bisexuality?

      Mar 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • whaaat
      whaaat

      of course they are dumb hicks…they paid to see that.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 3:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • james_cambridge
      james_cambridge

      He’s supposed to be bisexual in real life and play gay. Well, he’s got a face that screams bottom-bitch-who-pukes-at-the-sight-of-a-vagina! Bisexual my ass!!

      Mar 31, 2010 at 4:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Giovanni
      Giovanni

      Yummy!

      Mar 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill
      terrwill

      Not loving Little Miss Yellow Caution Tape’s mug………….Howeva, I”ll wrassle the hawt blonde to his right any day………… :- O

      Mar 31, 2010 at 4:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lanjier
      Lanjier

      Nice article.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      Regardless of whether they’re straight, gay or bi, the whole thing reeks “attention whores”.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 6:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Javier
      Javier

      The chick on the couch was hot, but the girly blond dude was not.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Linda and Vince McMahon have a long history of anti-gay actions at their ridiculous wrestling empire. They have long known that a sure fire way to make their audience despise a wrestler is to make him gay. I’ll never forget the pair of “gay” wrestlers they had covered in glitter and pink outfits which the audience would scream “f&ggot! f@ggot!” at the whole time they were in the ring. And they’d have their straight hero wrestlers like the Ultimate Warrior stomp the glittery f@ggots into the ground with ease as the crowd screamed their hatred of the f@ggots.

      I read that the McMahons also had a gay wrestler in CT have a stick rammed up his ass in the ring. Yeah, pro wrestling has a great history of gay wrestlers.

      Mar 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hilarious
      Hilarious

      Wrestling is only for closeted gay homophobes anyway. This is secretly their dream come true.

      Apr 1, 2010 at 12:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • anonymous #4
      anonymous #4

      I am all for an out wrestler but this one is a bit too gay for my tastes. He looks like a skid row tranny who lucked up on the right trick and presto, instant career as a wrestler. He also looks like the type of freak I would love to run into at the baths.

      The late Adrian Adonis was the first and now all these years later they found you. I wish you luck girl. And save your money too. All of the wrestling promotors change their champions as often as they change their underwear. Start planning your next move. It will be over before you know it.

      Apr 1, 2010 at 8:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • harvey
      harvey

      two things to consider: the article state that he is the first “out” bisexual – wrestling, as in any other professional sport/entertainment, has gay membership and we all know how difficult it is for a gay figure skater to come out, let alone a gay football player, tennis player, or basketball player WHILE actively participating as a professional athlete. the second is: for those who criticize his looks? consider your own notions of how you identify/characterize gender identity and equate that to masculinity as it pertains to being gay. while it might be an act that he wears mascara (so has lenny kravitz, btw) you seem to negate the fact that gay/lesbian/bisexuals come in all sizes, shapes, colors and wardrobes and for you to dismiss his athleticism based solely on his appearance and/or choice of “costume” (let us not forget that that is exactly what this is, a costume) is to say that you can’t be a gay singer/musician unless you are over the top like elton john, playing into that stereotype, etc. homophobia and anti-gay rhetoric goes both ways and can come from internal sources just as much as external

      Apr 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob Wilson
      Rob Wilson

      it’s because jordan is ugly as fuck

      Apr 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • wmcarpenter
      wmcarpenter

      “He’s….eccentric.”

      Apr 4, 2010 at 10:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      Chris Kanyon who recently died…came out in 2004….why didn’t they hire him?…..

      Apr 5, 2010 at 11:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nightstalker
      Nightstalker

      You just put David Bowie and Katy Perry in the same sentence!

      Apr 6, 2010 at 10:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DAVE
      DAVE

      I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the intro….the audience will surely move with the changing tides as time goes on

      Apr 6, 2010 at 11:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason
      Jason

      John Cena + Randy Orton = Gay

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA0IeV5MtUs

      Hot, too.

      Apr 6, 2010 at 11:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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