WWE News: Titus O'Neil recalls how Batista got him into pro wrestling, how quickly he was signed by WWE after trying out

Posted in: WWE News
Mar 6, 2013 - 11:16 AM

WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil (a/k/a Thaddeus Bullard) spoke with Adam Silverstein of the Only Gators website about making the transition from Florida and arena football to WWE. "I never really thought about it as an option. One of my really good friends [Dave Batista], who was one of the top guys at the time and is still a big guy in the history of the business, had been talking to me about it for a while. He said once I got done playing Arena Football I should give it a try. I said that I was not really into it. I watched it a lot as a fan growing up but always said that stuff is fake and not something I would do. He stopped me right away and said, first of all, it’s not fake though it is predetermined. He then did a few moves on me and I found out pretty early on that it’s very real.

"It was one of those chance things where I was driving one day, I live in Tampa, and there is a WWE developmental facility for Florida Championship Wrestling there. I drove out one day, walked in the back door and said, ‘Hey, I want to be a wrestler.’ The next day, they brought me in for a tryout. They saw something in me right out of the gate. The process of actually getting signed with WWE is actually a very long process, but I got hired within two weeks, which was unheard of. At that point then, I was kind of very glad that I actually went on faith, walked in and basically ended up walking out with a contract after they signed me two weeks later." Read the full interview at

Powell's POV: Titus also spoke about having conversations with The Rock and Ron Simmons about going from college football to becoming World Champions, doing the Gator Chop during matches, what's next for the Prime Time Players, hanging with the Florida head coach during National Signing Day, and more.

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