NXT star Jake Atlas, who is an openly gay star recently recalled Stephanie McMahon for the first time and how he opened up to her.
The latest episode of WWE’s The Bump revolved around the Pride month and the WWE stars who bring perspective to the LGBTQ+ community.
Before becoming a WWE star, Jake Atlas was first featured on a special edition of Celebrity Undercover Boss with Stephanie. The edition saw Atlas courageously revealed he wanted to become the first openly gay WWE Champion. Batista Bold Message To WWE Diva Leaks
Jake Atlas speaks about Stephanie McMahon
During his interview, Atlas reflected on that moment and the profound effect it had on his career.
“I wasn’t an ‘out’ performer before I met Stephanie. Meeting Stephanie undercover and not knowing it was Stephanie was so much better and helpful in a way,” Atlas stated with a big chuckle. “I don’t know if I would have been able to talk to her if I knew it was Stephanie.”
“Meeting Stephanie and coming out to her… I mean, I came out to one of the most powerful people in professional wrestling. [After filming] I was a mess, and I was crying, and she hugged me. But I took a moment to myself and said if I was able to have this conversation and be open and authentic, to again, one of the most powerful people in pro wrestling, then I can do anything that I set my mind to. I can be honest, I can be open, and I can be successful. I’m so grateful for that opportunity”
Atlas on the last week’s edition of NXT had defeated LA Knight after Ted DiBiase and Cameron Grimes distracted him.