Why we should all be loving WWE’s Finn Balor

Finn Balor brought his message of inclusivity to “The Grandest Stage of Them All”, Wrestlemania in New Orleans on Sunday night and we don’t think we could love him any more than we do right now.

The event kicked off with a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship and first to enter the ring was Seth Rollins, looking like a White Walker from Game of Thrones with piercing blue contact lenses and body armour. He was followed by the current champion, The Miz, with his “Miztourage” and the title draped over his arm.

The final competitor to make his way to the ring was Balor. More often seen wearing black trunks and a black leather jacket when making his entrance, in recent months Balor has donned a variety of matching trunk and jacket combos, including blue, red, green and white.

 

 

But tonight, Balor brought his message of inclusivity to New Orleans, showing that the Balor Club is “for everyone” and walked out to the ring, flanked by members of the New Orleans LGBT community and wearing a black leather jacket emblazoned with a rainbow coloured Balor Club logo. His trunks also featured rainbow coloured Balor Club logo and his kick pads had rainbow fastenings.

 

 

In the week before Wrestlemania WWE announced that until June it would donate 20% of the sale of Balor’s “For Everyone” t-shirt to GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamination.

WWE’s only openly LGBT superstar, Sonya Deville showed her support for the message Balor was promoting.

 

https://twitter.com/SonyaDevilleWWE/status/981586961151512577

 

At Wrestlemania, Deville competed in the Women’s Battle Royal wearing her own rainbow inspired ring attire.

This is one of the first times that WWE has shown such a strong message relating to LGBT people and it comes off the back of their Women’s Evolution. Our only issue with the WWE on this is that later this month they head to Saudi Arabia for a the biggest Royal Rumble they’ve ever had. The event will also feature a number of other matches; however, due to Saudi Arabia’s repressive stance on equality and human right, the WWE has decided there will be no women’s match on the night and we can guess that Balor’s “For Everyone” message won’t have as prominent a position as it did at Wrestlemania.

Balor tweeted an image of the occasion, accompanied by lyrics from the iconic John Lennon song, Imagine.

 

https://twitter.com/FinnBalor/status/983187911033139200

 

Keep up the good work Finn and consider us members of the Balor Club.

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