History, of sorts, was made Monday evening on Spike TV's Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling. Orlando Jordan debuted as the first openly bisexual wrestler at a major U.S.-based professional wrestling promotion.
The former WWE star publicly came out as bi in 2006, although he said management and fellow pro-wrestlers had been aware for some time. In a 2006 interview, Jordan says, "The first words out of [WWE CEO] Vince McMahon's mouth were, 'Goddamn it Orlando that’s money!?' He wanted to do it right away but somewhere along the way it got stopped."
Jordan made his TNA debut January 4 but this week's 'coming out' episode was even over-the-top by wrestling's standards, reports Cyd Ziegler at Outsports. "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
The 29-year-old Otunga, whose nickname incidentally is "Punk" and is known for his stint on VH1's I Love NY 2, now wrestles under the alias "Dawson Alexander." Asked why the Harvard Law School grad and father-to-be decided to become a professional wrestler, Otunga declares it's because he is a fan: "There's a love of this game. There's a love of this sports entertainment field."
AFTER THE JUMP, watch David Otunga make his wrestling debut as "Dawson Alexander." Discuss.
There are only two reasons to watch VH1's gawd-awful Surreal Life 6. Actually, let's make that three. Super-phine wrestler Maven Huffman. Transgender actor-ess Alexis Arquette (of, like, the Arquettes). And, the message board and chat room conversations about Maven and Alexis.
Much of the recent gossip has centered around Maven's recent lapdance performed by Alexis. In the VH1 forums, the hottest topic right now is speculating on his sexuality.
Much of the responses are the standard, "Maven-looked-like-he-enjoyed-that-grind-too-much." One particularly lame post suggested Maven's lack of a violent response must mean something: "I didn't see any punches thrown by Maven so I'm saying he must be gay!" Thankfully, there are enough level-headed peeps: "He must be gay because he doesn't act like a homophobe and treats Alexis like a normal human being? I can't say what I want to you otherwise I think I'd be thrown off the board."
It's amazing how some people think at such a reductionist level. Maven spends years in a WWE wrestling ring, grappling and writhing with other herculean gym boys in square cut shorts and no one says a word. Put him on a C-list reality show with a 15 second "lap dance" from a trans girl and the fans are ready to string him up. We'd love to claim Maven as one of our own, but, so far, his Surreal Life experience has shown us that he's just a hot jock with a good sense of humor. Nothing more, nothing less.
There's also another ridiculous rumor about Maven being "caught" with a male cast member. Question: Why do all of these Hollywood/DL rumors always involve the principals being caught? You'd think that they—of all people—would lock the door or get a room. **Shaking Head**
Another Monday night and much of the evening was devoted to watching some very hot, impossibly buffed and ripped men in too-tight square cut shorts, sweating, groping and grinding. That's right—for the second week in a row—we were glued to USA and the WWE's Monday Night Raw,lusting watching Shelton Benjamin, John Cena and Carlito. Also—for the second Monday night in a row—super-gorgeous Shelton suffered a humiliating defeat. Awww.
If you aren't a wrestling fan, this show is better than most of the prOn out there, so here are a few gayish captures ....