Titus O’Neil allegedly stormed off upon seeing Hulk Hogan backstage prior to Extreme Rules on Sunday.
As reported earlier, Hogan returned to WWE on Sunday before Extreme Rules aired and apologized to the entire WWE Locker Room for his racially insensitive comments from over a decade ago. In 2015, the comments leaked to the media and WWE had cut ties with The Hulkster. Based on Instagram screenshots that have cropped up on social media, it seems like Titus O’Neil was not fully satisfied about Hogan’s return. However, the story claiming that O’Neil walked out is false.
Titus isn’t too pleased with a Hogan return.
All ? on his reaction when they realease the footage of the apology. pic.twitter.com/WLyWjxwZo4
— WrestlingNews.co – WWE News (@WrestlingNewsCo) July 16, 2018
WrestlingInc has provided details on what exactly happened backstage. The entire locker room was asked to show up at the arena for a meeting. Upon their arrival, the Superstars were informed that the meeting was about Hulk Hogan’s intentions to apologize. After the apology, some Superstars stayed and shook Hogan’s hand and hugged him. Those who were not booked for Extreme Rules went back to their respective hotel rooms. O’Neil was not booked for the Pay-Per-View, so he was among those who left after the meeting. Titus didn’t storm off, neither did he cause a scene.
On Monday, Mark Henry told TMZ that black wrestlers were split 50/50 on Hogan’s return which justifies the fact that O’Neil might not be too thrilled about Hogan’s return.
O’Neil also posted an inspirational message on Instagram that some fans took as a message to Hogan:
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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9 Consistency is the Key to Breakthrough in anything we desire in life. Love God,Love Others,Love Yourself,Give Unselfishly and Work tirelessly to Make The World&People around you Better and In Due Season you will Prosper Through the Fruits of Good Deeds,Thoughts&Labor. I know and continue to Pray that my sons @tjbullardd and @titus_bullard11 will seek positive ways to Impact those around them. Regardless of Race,Gender,Sexual orientation,Religion or political stance ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE When GENUINE PEOPLE Come together and operate in truth. I have NEVER RESPECTED A PERSON That doesn’t operate in truth when it comes to making a Wrong into Right with Genuine motives. And I wouldn’t ever teach my sons to accept that either. #contentofcharacter
Although Hogan has been reinstated into the WWE Hall Of Fame, WWE claims he has not signed a deal yet (despite multiple reports confirming the opposite) and that Hogan’s apology was not filmed for an upcoming episode of WWE 24.