Brock Lesnar originally supposed to play "tough guy gay" character?
As per reports from Wrestling Observer Newsletter last week, WWE, in the past, wanted to introduce a "tough guy character that would out himself as being gay."
The character, however, wasn’t supposed to portray a regular stereotype one. Instead, it would be a dominant, main event character. According to this week’s Observer, Brock Lesnar was considered originally to play this gimmick. The plan was thought up by magazine writer Brian Solomon, who brought the idea to Stephanie McMahon personally.
The plan for the character was to never do things in or outside of the ring that made fans uncomfortable, and the heels would use him being gay in their promos to get heat. Obviously Lesnar isn't gay, so it'd be simply for the character.
The idea was pitched, and the magazine writers responsible never heard anything else about it. The WWE creative team instead heard about the idea and went with the Billy and Chuck angle.
Speaking of McMahon, she noted recently that although current WWE Tag Team Champion Darren Young is gay in real life, she doesn't consider his character to be necessarily. It's worth noting that references to his sexuality have been made on Raw and Smackdown Fallout videos on the company's Youtube.