Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook Titus O’Neil.
Craig: I think Titus was always a contender for ‘Book or Cook’, even before his somewhat bizarre suspension.
Unreleated to his current plight, I’ve always felt sorry for Titus. I mean, just as the Prime Time Players were getting some momentum the legs were cut from under them and they were split up without even proper feud between them to show for it. Then with nothing for either to do, they were thrown back together.
Don’t get me wrong, they have a connection with the crowd in a way that will make a lot on the roster jealous but they do little or nothing for me. I get that he’s impressively built but beyond that, I find him a bit blah.
Is there any hope for Titus? Is this suspension the beginning of the end for him?
Brian: Titus O’Neil seems to be (at least from what I’ve read and seen) a quality human being. He is a Dad of the year, extremely charitable and puts on a great face for the company. He is a very likable person outside the ring. As for the Titus inside the ring…I agree…he is very bland and not all by his own fault. I think Titus has good comedic timing and charisma…it just doesn’t translate well in the ring as of yet.
Something just isn’t clicking and I don’t know what is missing. As far as his 60 day day suspension (Reduced from 90 days) I have to believe there is more to that story than what’s already been reported.
Craig: It is worth considering that the WWE could still turn this around, remove suspension and turn it into an angle. Capitalise on media interest and sympathy for Titus and push forward with him.
Can anyone see him as a solo, or even a tag, star? Or is his mid card pairing with Darren Young as likely as far as he’ll go? I get that not everyone can, or needs to be a main eventer, I hasten to add.
Brian: I was thinking the exact same thing. The WWE can easily turn this into an angle and help Titus get “over” but seeing the company’s track record with missed opportunities…..this might be another one of those. I don’t think Titus is main event material, but then again, who knows? Was he ever really given a shot at the brass ring?
Like Cesaro before him, McMahon tends to label people almost immediately. It took a large outcry from fans to push Cesaro and Daniel Bryan. I just don’t see that with Titus…but with the mainstream news covering the story…you never know.
Craig: that’s an interesting point. Be curious to see what backlash, if any, there will be from fans towards the company. If there’s none then it shows his standing with the fans and that the so-called ‘brass ring’ will be one that he won’t ever grasp.
It’s clear that there’s something with Titus. He undoubtedly has the look and his charity work will cut him some slack. It will certainly be interesting to see how he does when he returns from his suspension. If he returns and is booked strongly then there is every chance that Titus O’Neil could be a big star.
There’s also still time that the WWE could book this whole thing as an angle and use it to move on with Titus. Only time will tell with him but there is undoubtedly something there with Titus. Whether or not he makes it as a big star is another thing…
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.