Fred Rosser

American professional wrestler
(Redirected from Darren Young)

Frederick "Fred" Rosser[1] (born November 2, 1983)[1] is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). He is also known for him time in WWE where he wrestled as Darren Young and was one half of the tag team, The Prime Time Players with Titus O'Neil.

Darren Young
Darren Young at WrestleMania 32 Axxess in April 2016
Born (1983-11-02) 2 November 1983 (age 40)[1][2]
Union City, New Jersey[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Darren Young[1]
Fred Rossen[3]
Fred Rosser[1]
Fred Sampson[1]
Fred Sanford[1]
Frederick of Hollywood[3]
Officer Sampson[3]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[4]
Billed weight242 lb (110 kg)[4]
Billed fromHollywood, California[2]
Miami, Florida[4]
Trained byKevin Knight[3]
Debut2002[5]

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]

On September 4, 2020, Rosser made his debut for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) on an episode of Strong. He teamed with Alex Zayne and they beat The DKC and Clark Connors.[10]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Darren Young". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Martin, Josh (December 2006). "Superstar Spotlight on Frederick of Hollywood". ECWAProWrestling.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Cagematch profile". Cagematch. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Darren Young Bio". World Wrestling Entertainment.
  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.[permanent dead link]
  7. "Frederick of Hollywood". ECWA Current Roster Biographies & Photo Gallery. ECWAProWrestling.com. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  8. "WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out -- I'm Gay". TMZ. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  9. "WWE releases statement in support of Darren Young". WWE. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  10. "Major matches lined up For Fighting Spirit Unleashed on NJPW STRONG! 【NJoA】". New Japan Pro Wrestling. Retrieved July 30, 2023.
  11. 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. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
  12. Bauer, Michael (2010-02-23). "411's WWE NXT Report 2.23.10". 411Mania. Retrieved 2010-03-04.

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