Vince McMahon and the WWE are apparently interested in promoting NXT star Kalisto to the main roster where they plan on giving him the gimmick of a gay hairdresser.
Yes that is completely serious. According to reports from Reddit user and backstage insider MetsFan4Ever, who has become infamous in the wrestling community for breaking WWE news, the company are seriously ready to make the flying luchador a gay hairdresser.
Previous reports suggested that the WWE were keen on promoting Kalisto as soon as possible given the lack of Latino talent on TV driving away Latino fans since Rey Mysterio stopped appearing on Raw and such. But not like this.
It is believed that WWE originally wanted to develop Kalisto as the New Rey, but officials gave him a tryout recently as an unmasked gay hairstylist and it seems the bosses want to push forward with it.
“He blew away officials, no pun intended, with his portrayal, to the point that he is seriously being considered doing that gimmick instead of continuing with the Kalisto gimmick"
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The WWE has a great record in working with equal rights campaigners like 'No H8' and GLAAD with Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, Daniel Bryan, and Batista joining the LGBT community for equality.
But I see no way that this can be played without it being incredibly offensive. Vince McMahon is hardly known for his sensitivity and WWE fans don't tend to be the most liberal bunch.
The WWE would do well to have more gay characters, but if done in the typical Vince style it will almost certainly be humiliating to Kalisto - a very accomplished wrestler - and offensive to the WWE's only openly gay wrestler Darren Young as well as the wider LGBT community.
The company's last foray into homosexual characters ended up with a gay tag team made up of the straight as a ruler duo of Billy Gunn and Chuck Palumbo. They were made out to be heels though, because they were gay.
And then there was Rico, who in the early 2000's debuted as homosexual/incredibly camp wrestler. Rico became a jobber fairly quickly and was released just two years after making his debut.
If you thought Adrian Neville getting a "mighty mouse" gimmick was bad enough, then Vince has gazumped it a million times over.