Inside Move: Tag-team partners get ‘married’

Billy and Chuck to wed before match

The writers who dream up wild scenarios for the Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H and other star performers of World Wrestling Entertainment have come up with a doozy for UPN’s “WWE Smackdown” on Thursday.

For the first time ever, two WWE wrestlers, Billy and Chuck, the tag-team heroes who win all of their matches, will participate in a same-sex union, exchanging till-death-do-us-part avowals right before they beat the bejesus out of a pair of rivals.

The writers have set the stage for the unprecedented gay nuptials over the past few months by orchestrating suspiciously long hugs between Billy (Monty Sopp) and Chuck (Chuck Palumbo) after a victory. The duo also take delight in introducing Rico, a hairstylist, who shows up at many matches to keep them looking their best.

A spokesman for the WWE said that by creating homosexual tag-team partners, the organization’s writers are merely keeping up with the times, citing such TV series as NBC’s “Will & Grace” and Showtime”s “Queer as Folk”; the Public Theater opening last week of Richard Greenberg’s “Take Me Out,” about a Major League Baseball star centerfielder who declares that he’s gay; and the decision by the New York Times to start publishing news about same-sex unions in its Sunday wedding pages.

The spokesman also takes pains to point out that in real life Billy and Chuck are blatantly heterosexual.

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