One of the most exciting parts of any wrestling match tends to be the extravagant entrances into the Gladiator style arena before a fight. WWE has historically taken this tradition to the next level and history was indeed made last night as Irish wrestler Finn Bálor competed in his first ever Wrestlemania last night.
Bálor entered the stadium with members of the New Orleans LGBT community, who were all wearing the wrestling star’s new rainbow inspired t-shirt. 20% of the sales of his new t-shirt will go to GLAAD, a US LGBT+ charity.
the balor club is for everyone pic.twitter.com/EvOnQyH9Lg
— WrestlinGifs (@WrestlinGifs) April 8, 2018
Balor first revealed his re-worked logo in February this year.
As he unveiled his new T-shirt on social media last week, he said: “I am proud to announce that a portion of sales from my new shirt will go to benefit GLAAD. Because everyone deserves to be accepted and included.
“Balor Club is for everyone.”
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) April 2, 2018
The 36 year-old wrestler from Bray whose real name is Fergal Devitt has made a name for himself in the sport with over 1 million followers on Twitter, he has changed his name on the site to ‘Finn Bálor forEVERYone’.
Wrestlemania 33 pic.twitter.com/dOUkes13KQ
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) April 5, 2018
Fellow Wrestlemania star Sonya Deville who has also made history by being the first out lesbian wrestler in WWE tweeted her support for Bálor’s message saying:
“I proudly support this message! Being a part of the LGBT community myself in the WWE its such a great feeling to see Finn Balor speaking out with such an amazing positive message!”
I proudly support this message! Being a part of the LGBT community myself in the @WWE its such a great feeling to see @FinnBalor speaking out with such an amazing positive message! 🏳️🌈 #EQUALITY pic.twitter.com/v3zf0D2yu2
— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) April 4, 2018
Sonya’s costume was also all about LGBT+ Pride.
— Daria Berenato (@SonyaDevilleWWE) April 8, 2018
Wrestlemania is one of the biggest events in the WWE calendar with millions tuning in to see the event.
Finn’s entrance was well received by the fans who were delighted to see that such a ‘macho’ event would spread a message of inclusivity.
Although he ultimately lost his match against opponents Seth Rollins and The Miz, he was ultimately gracious in defeat tweeting lyrics from John Lennon’s Imagine during the show, saying: “Imagine all the people living life in peace. BalorClub fOreVERyone.”
Imagine all the people living life in peace…💙💚💛🧡❤️
BálorClub fOreVERyone pic.twitter.com/poJjUhZEfp
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) April 9, 2018
Watch his entrance video:
tell me who else would use their platform like this & dedicate their first ever Wrestlemania entrance to spreading the message of acceptance & inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community. Finn Bálor is one of a kind with the warmest heart and soul. there’s no reason to hate him ?️? pic.twitter.com/IgwELfzt4g
— ??? ☆ (@meganoliviam) April 9, 2018
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