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Former WWE Wrestler Devastated After Not Being Involved In LGBT Entrance At WrestleMania 34


• Edge Recalls How Kind Bruno Sammartino Was

During a recent edition of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, WWE Hall of Famer Edge shared a touching story about deceased Hall of Famer, Bruno Sammartino.

Below is what Edge said:

“I’d met Bruno a couple of times, very nice, very cordial, very polite, very interested and engaged in the conversation. He’d look you in the eyes. He’s one of those guys, a solid handshake, a pat on the back; but, I had my second neck surgery in 2012 in Pittsburgh by Dr. Joseph Maroon and I woke up from surgery and they took me in my room.

I was sitting there and my voice was a little hoarse and I was still kind of coming to and my hospital room phone rings and Beth picks it up and she goes, ‘Adam, it’s Bruno.’ It was Bruno Sammartino. He found out I was in town, was having neck surgery and got the number to my hospital room and called me post-surgery to make sure I was ok and it completely blew my brain. We’d met and he made a huge impact on me, obviously; but, it was still so surreal to be post-surgery and talking to Bruno Sammartino, who was just concerned.

I think that to me exemplifies what kind of man he was.”

• Former WWE Wrestler Devastated After Not Being Involved In LGBT Entrance At WrestleMania 34

As seen at WrestleMania 34, RAW Star Finn Balor’s entrance involved the LGBT community and officially kickstarted his LGBT character.

During a recent appearance on With Spandex podcast, former WWE wrestler Darren Young (who’s openly gay) had the following to say regarding this:

“Finn Bálor is one of my favorite guys. Him, Sonya Deville — I remember watching her in NXT. I’ve seen her at the Performance Center. She showed me so much love. Finn showed me so much love. So to see those guys represent the LGBT community meant the world to me.

But I’ll be honest with you, man. When I got released, I was okay with it, but when I’m seeing them do that [LGBT] representation, I was devastated, because I wasn’t invited. I would’ve loved to have been invited just to see that we’re making moves, but I wasn’t invited to something that I begged and pleaded to embrace.

WrestleMania, it was in Orlando [last year] and I had asked were we doing anything of the LGBT community? Were we doing anything for Pulse? And nothing.”

It is what it is, but I cried like a baby, man. The next day, Monday, after watching it back, I cried like a baby. When I got released, it’s okay. It is what it is, but when I’ve seen that [entrance] and I wasn’t [even] invited just to sit in the crowd and see the moves that we’re making, it broke my heart. They know that. They know that, but hey, it is what it is. Life goes on.

Finn’s a great guy. But to not be invited to such a amazing celebration amongst the LGBT community, it just broke my heart. Even to just be on the stage with everyone — like rah, rah, rah. I don’t care. I just want to be able to experience it. It means the world to me [to be included in that representation].”

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