Darren Young

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Darren Young

Darren Young on April 17, 2012
Ring name(s) Bonecrusher Sampson[1]
Darren Young[1]
Fred Rossen[2]
Fred Rosser[1]
Fred Sampson[1]
Fred Sanford[1]
Frederick of Hollywood[2]
Officer Sampson[2]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[3]
Billed weight 242 lb (110 kg)[3]
Born 2 November 1979 (1979-11-02) (age 35)[1][4]
Union City, New Jersey[1]
Billed from Hollywood, California[4]
Miami, Florida[3]
Trained by Kevin Knight[2]
Debut 2002[5]

Frederick "Fred" Rosser[1] (born November 2, 1979)[1] is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he wrestles as Darren Young. He was known for his time as one half of the tag team, The Prime Time Players with Titus O'Neil.

He was in the first season of WWE NXT in early 2010. He was a part of The Nexus when they debuted on the June 7th Raw, but was kicked out after he lost a match against John Cena and was attacked by the rest of the Nexus.

Before signing with WWE, Sampson wrestled under several ring names, including Frederick of Hollywood, Fred Rosser, and "Bonecrusher" Fred Sampson. He has competed in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic independent promotions including Chaotic Wrestling,[6] East Coast Wrestling Association,[7] Independent Wrestling Federation and the National Wrestling Alliance.

On August 15, 2013, he announced during a TMZ interview that he was gay.[8] In doing this, Young became the first WWE performer to disclose that he is gay while still actively signed with a major promotion. WWE released a statement in support of Young and fellow wrestlers tweeted their support for him.[9]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "Darren Young". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/d/darren-young.html. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Cagematch profile". Cagematch. http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=2040. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Darren Young Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/raw/darrenyoung/bio/.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Martin, Josh (December 2006). "Superstar Spotlight on Frederick of Hollywood". ECWAProWrestling.com. http://www.ecwaprowrestling.com/main/superspotlight/ss-frederickhollywood-12-2006.html.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "The 18th Annual PWI 500." Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Oct. 2008: 112+.
  6. "Big Rick Fuller & Fred "Bonecrusher" Sampson". Chaotic Wrestling Profiles. ChaoticWrestling.com. 2008. http://www.chaoticwrestling.com/profiles/fuller_sampson.htm.
  7. "Frederick of Hollywood". ECWA Current Roster Biographies & Photo Gallery. ECWAProWrestling.com. 2008. http://www.ecwaprowrestling.com/main/bios/frederick_of_hollywood.html.
  8. "WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out -- I'm Gay". TMZ. http://www.tmz.com/2013/08/15/darren-young-wwe-superstar-gay/. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  9. "WWE releases statement in support of Darren Young". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/inside/wwe-releases-statement-on-darren-young-26140515. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  10. Keller, Wade (2010-03-02). "Keller's WWE NXT Report 3/2: Competition explained, Cornfed Meathead debuts, Punk, Hardy, Regal, Jericho, Miz appear with Rookies". PWTorch. http://www.pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_39503.shtml. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  11. Bauer, Michael (2010-02-23). "411's WWE NXT Report 2.23.10". 411Mania. http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/tv_reports/130807/411%5C%5Cs-WWE-NXT-Report-2.23.10.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-04.