There’s not a whole lot I want to say about the Titus O’Neil suspension. For one thing, a ton has already been said – The downside of not being on Twitter 24/7. I was really counting on Powerball to be my ticket to wrestling writer stardom. . . Oh well. . .
The main reason why I’m choosing not to say much about it is because there’s so much that is unknown about what happened. Did something else happen, either before or after the incident, that made things worse? Is there some WWE edict against touching or surprising Vince McMahon? (perhaps due to illness or injury – The conspiracy theorist in me will not die!) How much of it, if any at all, was racially motivated?
There are just too many questions left unanswered, so I’m going to remain mum on the majority of this situation for now. All I will say is this –
There’s a golden opportunity here, should WWE choose to take it.
One thing that we know for sure is that Titus O’Neil, prior to Monday Night Raw, was one of WWE’s most public relations – friendly superstars. So much so that back in August of 2015, I wrote an article on this very website in which I mused that Titus could one day because World Heavyweight Champion.
Despite what happened, I still feel that way. In fact, I might even feel it more strongly than before.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – WWE is at its best when art imitates life. One of your fastest rising superstars, seemingly a paragon of virtue, decent enough in the ring and camera-friendly to boot, has just been “unfairly” suspended by, in essence, The Authority. The story writes itself.
When Titus comes back, and I think it’ll be well before the 90 days, based on public reaction, let him come out and air his grievances. Truthfully, you could go to either end of the spectrum with this.
Titus could come out as an angry minority who, in taking issue with the company that wronged him, becomes a monster heel and in his rage, decimates all who stand in his way of the World Heavyweight Championship. If WWE REALLY wanted to upturn the apple-cart and get serious about the perception of racism within the company, this is the way to go. Titus can say all of the things that many fans have been thinking for years AND be justified in doing so.
Titus could come out as an humbled but frustrated family man who, in taking issue with the evil company who wronged him, begins his own road to redemption, one that could hopefully lead to him winning the World Heavyweight Championship. This, I think, would be the more likely option, as we are still in enough of the PG era for WWE to likely not want to talk too much about their history with race.
No matter which way WWE chose to go, there is a natural, potentially history-making storyline just waiting for them when Titus comes back, should they choose to accept it…
Or he can become Main Event’s resident jobber. Which, sadly, is probably the more likely scenario.
What do YOU think? Be Heard