The following are highlights from a recent Hampton Roads interview with WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil:
On his friendship with Batista, and how Batista convinced him to become a wrestler: “I used to be, like, ‘No, I’m not doing it. I’m going into coaching; that’s what I want to do,’ Dave, who’s probably one of my best friends, was, like, ‘But I really think you’d do well in it. You have the size and the charisma and the athleticism to do it.’ But I just kept saying, ‘No, I don’t think it’s for me.’ ”
On how he got his start in WWE: “It was really just blind faith based on what Dave had been telling me, but I walked in and had about a 15-minute conversation with (trainer and former WWE wrestler) Steve Keirn about wrestling and trying out and stuff like that. It was only about 15 minutes after I finished talking to him and left that the WWE called me and said they wanted me to try out. They had a show that day, so I went and picked my kids up from school, and I asked them if they wanted to go to a wrestling match. The next thing you know, two weeks after that, Daddy’s wrestling for the WWE.”
On vomiting on Zeb Colter: “I guess that’s something I can put under my belt: I can vomit on cue. Hey, our job is to entertain people, and I guess it entertained a lot of people…. There are a lot of people who want to hit Zeb Colter in the mouth on a regular basis, but me throwing up on him was just as good.”
Check out the complete interview online at HamptonRoads.com.