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.
Remember when Hulk Hogan and race in wrestling was all anybody could talk about? You know. . . About 10 days ago? How quickly things change in this social media world, for in less than a fortnight, we’re now talking about Piper (obviously, that would have happened no matter what), Ultima Lucha and some team that may or may not be called ‘Beef Mode’.
For those who wondered how Hogan survives the fallout of his released audio, the answer is in the previous paragraph. Today’s society has a massive case of collective ADHD – We automatically move to the next shiny thing that captures our attention. If Hogan were to disappear from the public eye for a while, only to come back in 18-24 months with a series of tell-all interviews, giving a total mea culpa for his actions and showing us that he is actively seeking forgiveness, a lot of people would break out the red and yellow boas and welcome him back with open arms.
It might seem ludicrous right now, but its true. It could, and possibly will, happen.