Six years after joining WWE as a developmental wrestler, Titus O’Neil has risen to the top of the company by winning the WWE Tag Team Championship on Sunday during the company’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
O’Neil, who teams with Darren Young as the Prime Time Players, defeated New Day, the title holders entering the event.
The title is O’Neil’s first at any level despite the 6-foot-6, 270-pound professional wrestler proving to be one of the most dynamic and explosive superstars in the company. He has teamed on and off with Young since 2012 with the duo most recently reforming their tag team on Feb. 23.
O’Neil spent the majority of his life as a football player named Thaddeus Bullard, who played for the Florida Gators from 1997-2000. Bullard saw action in 44 regular season games over four campaigns with the Gators and even served as student body vice president at Florida in 2000.
Following his college career, he spent five seasons in the Arena Football League before taking the advice of one of his friends to step into a WWE ring and work his way up the ranks of the company.
OnlyGators.com interviewed Bullard/O’Neil back in 2013. He has visited Gainesville on a number of occasions over the last few years, solidifying his bond with the athletic program, and even served as an honorary Mr. Two-Bits for the Florida-Kentucky game in 2014.