Titus O’Neil addresses 60-day suspension, WWE future, positive fall-out, more

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


WWE star Titus O’Neil says he will not quit WWE over his 60-day suspension, as has been suggested by colleagues such as Dave Bautista.

Instead, O’Neil said in a new interview that he will finish the job he started as a WWE wrestler and then consider his options when his contract comes due.

“I can go and coach, I can do a lot of stuff, but at the end of the day, I’ve never quit on anything in my entire life,” O’Neil told Rapzilla’s Justin Sarachik, who recently interviewed A.J. Styles about his WWE debut.

“I see now that people are rooting for me to be more successful than I am in this business. I’m going to finish out my contract and see what happens from there.”

O’Neil was suspended following an incident at the very end of the Daniel Bryan Retirement Raw one month ago. While on the stage, O’Neil grabbed Vince McMahon by the arm; O’Neil was trying to let Stephanie McMahon pass by first. Vince took exception and called for Titus to be suspended 90 days, which was reduced to 60 days. O’Neil addressed what happened.

“I made a mistake at an inopportune time,” O’Neil said. “Regardless if it was too harsh or overreacting or whatever people have deemed it, it all stems from my mistake. Whether I agree with it or not, I am owning it. I’m doing what I’d normally do in any other situation.”

O’Neil said he sees the result of the incident as a blessing for himself, as he’s suddenly gotten more attention for the work he’s been doing in the community and helping others.

“People who probably weren’t interested in me as a WWE superstar, are now interested in me as a man and a father. I’ll just take this punishment just like everything else, take a lemon and make lemonade,” O’Neil said.

“(People say) “’If that guy can get through that, I can get through what I’m going through.’ I don’t have a quit button in me. I’ve been homeless, I’ve been beaten, I’ve been lied to, I’ve been persecuted more ways than one and I’m still here. There’s nothing in this world that can stop me from what God has called me to do.”

Whether O’Neil continues to wrestle for WWE when his contract comes due remains to be seen. Otherwise, O’Neil will keep focusing on helping others and giving back to those in his former position of extreme poverty.

“The great thing about my faith is it works in any and every arena. It’s the same way in life. I’ve been in some of the worst situations in life I feel, and my faith has brought me through all of that because I’ve seen God’s hand in my life at each turn. It’s a lot easier for me to deal with things because of God’s hand,” O’Neil said.

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