If WWE’s Tag Team Division is on its last legs, then don’t say that to Titus O’Neil. The “Real Deal” tells a University of Florida sports website that he and partner Darren Young will take the Tag Team Championship “and have a very long reign with them.”
In an interview with OnlyGators.com, the former UF defensive end (real name: Thaddeus Bullard) says he would love it if the Prime Time Players got a chance to start that reign on WWE’s grandest stage, WrestleMania 29:
We’ve obviously been the No. 1 contender a couple of times and fell short a little bit. The next time, which hopefully is at WrestleMania, we take those titles and have a very long reign with them. We’re the most entertaining and dominant tag team in this company right now. We feel that in our hearts, and we show that each and every week.
O’Neil tells the website that he admires what Team Hell No—Kane and Daniel Bryan—has accomplished as tag team titlists. But he adds they were “just thrown together,” whereas he and Young have been friends since their days in NXT.
For the record, no Tag Team Championship match has been set for WrestleMania 29 yet. And if or when it does, then PTP will have some contender competition in teams such as The Usos, Primo and Epico, and the apparently re-formed Rhodes Scholars. “Apparently” is used because, following the Raw show Monday night, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow challenged the New Age Outlaws to a tag-team match next week.
Speaking of Sandow, O’Neil tells OnlyGators.com that he and Sandow are not strangers to one another. They once were tag team champions in Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE’s developmental territory.
According to the interview, O’Neil says that once he and Young win the titles, they plan on making things more fun in the Tag Team Division. He notes that even though they are considered heels, they are starting to hear cheers.
But he adds that likely will change with the titles around their waists:
I’m sure they won’t be cheering for us once we win those titles because we’ll be taking their money and showing off everything we decide to buy. That’s the benefit of having #millionsofdollars. We just want to make it fun. Whether people boo us or cheer us, we plan on taking the Tag Team Championship and making it fun to watch, making the product even more fun to watch, making ourselves as characters even more fun to watch.
On a more serious note, O’Neil tells the website he appreciates what his hard work has brought him, especially when he sees others with whom he worked in FCW and NXT try to succeed and fall short. He says he wants “to leave my mark as a champion in this business.”
In the interview, O’Neil jokes that he feels the burden of having to represent the University of Florida as a wrestling champion due to the success of two other wrestling champions who represent UF’s bitter rivals—The Rock, from University of Miami, and Ron Simmons, from Florida State University. As O’Neil tells it: “I’ve talked to both of them about it, yep. I’m going to win a title. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it.”
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