From the end of 2012 and in the first five months of 2013, the WWE has been doing a fine job in terms of giving the fans a refreshing fast track of pushing some of the younger talents in the company. It is obvious that the WWE has realized the eventual decrease of ring mortality that the current top tier roster will experience. The days of fully relying on the likes of current WWE John Cena, Randy Orton, The Big Show, Kane and The Undertaker will eventually run out of gas and the baton will need to be passed. Superstars such as Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Sheamus and Cody Rhodes are a few of the main young talents that are ascending to the top so they too can be the ones to eventually headline a WrestleMania. But there is one superstar that seems to be getting the slow burn in terms of upward development, and that superstar is Titus O’Neil.
I’m sure initially, the name Titus O’Neil doesn’t scream “World Title Main Event” level to close a pay per view, but when you think of the standard elements that encompasses building a future top talent, O’Neil has it all. There isn’t any wonder as to why Vince McMahon has gone public expressing how high he is on O’Neil since he has the camera friendly, mainstream look that fits well with the WWE model.
O’Neil is one half of the tag team The Primetime Players, along with Darren Young and was part of the second season of NXT. In addition, he played football for the University of Florida and is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity inc. O’Neil uses elements of his fraternity in the ring as his own personal taunt when he throws his hands up in a “hook” position and barks. This very detail makes him stand part from the rest of the superstars.
O’Neil may not see it now, but he could be the next heel to dethrone whomever the next face United States or Intercontinental Champion may be down the road. Since both of those titles are held by heels currently, this reign may take some time, but as mentioned earlier, the slow burn is placed on O’Neil, and only good things come when we wait. With this being said, expect to see one of those titles around his waist and dare I say, possibly the World Heavyweight Championship.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports