I remember when I first heard of Kanyon some years ago and was surprised that there was an openly gay wrestler in WWE, particularly given as the sport is one of the last bastions of machismo. IIRC, he’d had some sort of meltdown – possibly because they wanted to use his sexuality in some kayfabe storylines as they did with Pat Patterson (another openly gay wrestler) some years ago.
Sadly, many wrestling stars seem to die young, either because of injury, substance abuse or even worse, become born-again Christian loonies like the Ultimate Warrior spouting off against the gay community every chance they get…
That’s a real shame. I had no idea he was gay (or Pat Patterson either). I watched a bit of wrestling in my mid to late teens. It could be goofy and horribly low-brow, but there was some real entertainment to be had watching this bizarre cross between panto, ballet and over-the-top violence.
Kanyon was one of the good ones. I only saw him a few times, but he never failed to impress. He wasn’t the most trim of wrestlers, but looks were decieving – he was a clever and talented performer. Whereas the younger, more energetic performers would generally trot out the same old moves, Chris always mixed it up and threw in some obscure and exciting ones to keep things interesting. Like some old ballroom champion who still has all the moves, I guess.
Unfortunately, pro-wrestling seems to be even worse for your health than Hollywood or rock ‘n’ roll.
Certainly a brave decision to be openly gay in such a macho industry although at the same time wrestling is quite homoerotic. I would think wrestling has a fairly big gay male (and female) following and not for its “sporting” qualities! The old ITV WOS wrestling from the 70s and 80s contained quite a few hunks who were very pleasing on the eye but I digress…lol
My sympathy to his family, loved ones and friends.
if all great sports men came out openly as this hero- and there are so so many- it would be easier for them and for the laymen to live simply.
may he rest in peace
My sympathy to his family, loved ones and friends…