WWE Super star Titus O’Neil will co-host WrestleMania this year, which will take place in his home city of Tampa, Florida. The former 24/7 champion opened up about the event heading to Raymond James Stadium after a successful Super Bowl.
Titus O’Neil to host show with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk hogan. It is also would have will receive the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame Warrior Award for his charitable work for the Tampa Bay community. He attended the University of Florida and played for the Florida Gators football team.
Titus O’Neil recently shared his thoughts on WWE WrestleMania 37 taking place at Raymond James Stadium by revealing that he can’t wait to be a part of the event.
“Playing at the University of Florida was bigger than most crowds in the NFL anyway, playing in front of 90,000 people week after week, whether at home or away. Every time I go in a WrestleMania stadium, I feel like stepping into a football game just because I spent so much time as a varsity and professional athlete entering and exiting stadiums the same, dressed the same way, headphones, fully focused, ready to put on the best show, the best possible performance. “
“I feel the same as I walk into Raymond James Stadium. I’ve obviously been to a lot of events there, be it college football, the National Championship, the Super Bowl. It’s the biggest game on. the biggest stage in all sports and entertainment. and all eyes are on the city of Tampa and Raymond James Stadium. I can’t wait to be a part of it. “
Originally, WWE WrestleMania 37 was scheduled to take place in the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. But he was transferred to Raymond James Stadium after Tampa was unable to host last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Titus O’Neil reveals how playing football can prepare someone for a WWE career
Prior to pursuing a professional wrestling career, Titus O’Neil played American football with the Utah Blaze, Tampa Bay Storm, Las Vegas Gladiators and Carolina Cobras. When asked how playing football can prepare someone to be a WWE Superstar, he said:
“Playing American football and being in WWE takes an extreme work ethic. There is a certain type of pageantry and charisma on the pitch. There are a lot of great personalities in the football locker room all over the country. .when it comes to moving to WWE because you want to be a sports artist. Some of us were already sports artists. We just weren’t paid for it and weren’t shown in more than 130 countries and translated into 25 different languages. We were just doing it on an American football field or in an American football locker room. “
“It was the most difficult transition I have ever had to make, both physically and mentally because in football you go and you run everything in this position that you play: that you are a quarterback or some other position. so you can keep up with the punches, go with the flow, feed off crowd energy, energize crowd so you can finally take them on a roller coaster. And in football, American football, you take them on a roller coaster scoring points. In WWE, you take them on a roller coaster and tell stories. A good guy versus a bad guy. Most of the time a good guy. They want the good guy to win it – unless you’re a really good bad guy Nobody does better than us in WWE. “
WrestleMania 37 will take place April 10-11, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.