News broke early Tuesday that WWE had suspended superstar Titus O'Neil. It has been said that he had allegedly had an altercation with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon on Monday Night RAW. The incident in question took place when the superstars gathered on the ramp as Daniel Bryan was leaving RAW. O'Neil appeared to tug at McMahon following Daniel Bryan's post-RAW retirement celebration.
WWE moved quick to suspend O’Neil for Unprofessional Conduct but this led to certain sections of WWE fans calling the company racist,something that they have completely denied, saying this issue was related to his conduct.
"The suspension of Titus O'Neil had nothing to do with race and everything to do with unprofessional conduct," WWE told the New York Post in a statement. Titus O'Neil Has acknowledged the fact that what he did was wrong as he said “I feel like s**t now so if you have to let me go, I understand. Stupid mistake."
The timing couldn't be worse for O'Neil, as his suspension will see him miss WrestleMania, which is not only the biggest show of the year, but also the biggest pay day of the year for the talent, and the former Prime Time Player will be set to miss out on the bonuses that come with the event.
His good friend, and former WWE talent Batista came out on Twitter and noted that he told O'Neil to ask for his release from the company, a statement that O'Neil hasn't commented on, which is probably for the best. But suspending him will likely not have gone down well with Batista, who the WWE are actively pursuing for this years 'Mania.
An Example Is Set
It has been rumored that McMahon has not been happy with several talents backstage recently, as people have been treading a fine line in their behavior, with too much messing around. According to reports, whilst the incident itself was O'Neil simply trying to have some fun with the boss, it's believed that this was the final straw, and McMahon decided to send a statement to the entire locker room by suspending him.
The news will have caused a shockwave amongst the current roster, as O'Neil had been receiving a push over the past few months, with consistent T.V. appearances and a lot of press over his work outside of the ring, where he does a lot for charity.