IMPACT Wrestling has signed the first openly gay wrestler to its roster since the company was originally founded as TNA in 2002.
Jai Vidal has signed a multi-year deal with the company, becoming the first openly gay man in the promotion’s history.
LGBT sports media outlet Outsport announced the addition of Vidal to the IMPACT roster via its Twitter account:
“Out pro wrestler @TheJaiVidal signs multi-year contract with @IMPACTWRESTLING, becoming the first out gay male wrestler to sign with the company in its 20-year history.”
— Outsports (@outsports) November 28, 2022
Vidal revealed the news during a podcast appearance on OutSports’ LGBT In The Ring:
“It’s knocking down barriers and everything that I have always wanted to do for my community in professional wrestling.
“I talk about this a lot, but growing up, I had nobody to look up to when it came to representation.
“To know that maybe one day down the line somebody will see me on TV and will be inspired by me being openly gay, it will inspire them to chase whatever goals and dreams they have as an open person in the LGBTQ community.”
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