Queerty reader Chris wised us up to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, KY, which just concluded a storyline about a gay wrestler, Paredyse, and his beef with anti-gay bigot Brandon Espinosa. And, mirroring recent studies about homophobia, it looks like Espinosa’s character is gay himself.
Though somewhat on the swishy side, Paredyse wiped the floor with Espinosa in the ring last week, and after the bout the bigot admitted he he was gay. Paradyse consoled his former enemy and cemented their bond with a marriage proposal. When Paredyse got on one knee and asked Espinosa to be his “partner”, audience members chanted “Just say yes!”
Milk this ain’t, but just remember how outrageous and ridiculous pro wrestling is to begin with—and how homosexuality is usually regarded in the “sport.” It’s actually an accomplishment that Paradyse is a good-guy character, and not another queer villain like Gorgeous George or Goldust.
“I’m a huge pro wrestling fan and I can’t recall ever seeing any wrestling company even approaching the subject of homosexuality with so much sensitivity as much as OVW has,” says Chris.
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