Titus O’Neil was sent home from last night’s SmackDown taping in Portland, Oregon shortly after he arrived. According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, O’Neil has been suspended for unprofessional conduct.
During the ending of Monday night’s Raw taping in Seattle, Washington, a number of WWE personalities and staff were assembled on the stage in honor of the retiring Daniel Bryan. At the end of that segment, which aired on Raw before going live on the WWE Network, Bryan returned to the locker room after passing through the center of the assembled WWE personnel.
As WWE talents returned to the back, O’Neil grabbed Vince McMahon in what was described to Johnson as a “playful, physical way.” McMahon responded by shoving O’Neil away. McMahon’s shove of O’Neill actually made it onto the final seconds of the broadcast. McMahon was actually angry at being grabbed and that led to the suspension.
When O’Neil arrived at SmackDown, he was informed he was going sent home. The word making the rounds is that the suspension could be for upwards of 90 days. That would put O’Neil out of action through May, which means he would be missing Wrestlemania 32.
O’Neil, 39, signed with WWE in 2009 and is best known as one half of the Prime Time Players, although he’s been used most recently in a singles role. He’s been very active in local community outreach where he lives in Tampa. O’Neil had lost to Adam Rose earlier during the Raw broadcast.
On Tuesday night, the WWE Network exclusive video of Bryan Danielson’s farewell was removed from YouTube, WWE.com and the WWE Network. It is likely that WWE is going to edit the snippet at the end out before restoring the videos.
You can see the interaction here.