WWE Hall of Famer Titus O’Neil has discussed his experience hosting WrestleMania 37 in Tampa, Florida, alongside Hulk Hogan.
In April, Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan helped welcome fans back at The Show of Shows. Hogan was booed during his segments hosting WrestleMania.
Speaking with Steve Muehlhasen of DAZN, O’Neil noted that it was pleasant to work with Hogan. Revealing that he was surprised at the reaction to Hogan, O’Neil stated that he personally doesn’t harbor any hard feelings, and was thankful for the opportunity.
Recalling WrestleMania 37, O’Neil said:
“We spoke a little bit after I got upset about the apology. We had a private conversation. But at the end of the day, I’m not one to be able to cast judgment on anyone. I looked at the opportunity to host WrestleMania in my hometown, where I’m literally the unofficial Mayor here in Tampa. To do it with a guy that essentially put WrestleMania on the map, I looked at it as a business decision that was made. Vince McMahon runs this company, and everyone else that is associated knows that.
“I have a very special relationship with Vince. I don’t think that there was ever a moment where he felt like this was something that would put me in an uncomfortable position. Because it really wasn’t. I know who I am. I know what I represent. Even after hosting, to be honest with you, it was very pleasant to work with him. We had some stuff that he allowed me to change up, and we worked very well off of each other.
“I didn’t expect the reaction that he got. I didn’t expect the reaction that he received. I expected a little bit here and there, but nowhere near where it was. But at the end of the day, to Hulk’s credit, he took it with pride, and the show went on. A lot of people on social media said hats off to you, man, for working and being professional and working with Hulk and that they we know what you said in public. I meant everything that I wrote.
“At the end of the day, I don’t harbor any hard feelings against anybody. I think that’s his cross to bear. My job is to be professional and make the best product possible for whatever I’m giving. I think we did that. I had a lot of fun. We dressed up as pirates. It was very hot, but it was fun. I got a chance to do it at home, and I will do it ten times out of 10 alongside Hulk Hogan if asked if I had the opportunity.”
Hogan’s name has been controversial since racist remarks made by him surfaced in 2015. After it was announced that Hogan had been chosen to co-host WrestleMania, O’Neil liked a tweet claiming that the use of such language wasn’t a mistake.
O’Neil was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year as a recipient of the 2020 Warrior Award. He has been named a finalist for this year’s ESPN Muhammed Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.