On March 19th it was officially announced that Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan would be hosting WrestleMania 37 from Raymond James Stadium on April 10th and 11th.
Titus O’Neil, who was born in Boynton Beach, Florida and now lives in Tampa, has now shared how he got the news.
In conversation with the Lights Out podcast, O’Neil explained that it was Vince McMahon who told him about his new role, saying that McMahon told him it was “only right.”
“Vince told me, ‘You’re going to be hosting WrestleMania. It’s only right. This is your city. You do a lot in this community and people love you. We appreciate you in WWE and all you’ve done and continue to do to represent our company well. We think this will be a great spot for you.’ It wasn’t something that I said, ‘Hey, I need to be the host.’ It was, ‘Here you go,'”
Following the announcement Titus O’Neil also sat down with the DAE on Demand show, where he compared the role to hosting the Oscars or the Grammys.
He later went to explain that while he’s happy to be hosting WrestleMania, he also hopes he can get back into the ring at some point.
“I’ll hopefully get back into the ring with the right storyline. It’s not just about the wrestling. We aren’t called wrestlers for a reason. We’re called WWE superstars because there’s so much more that we do. I embrace every single role and part that I have. You can be on top and the champ one minute, the next minute you could not be on TV for a few months. What are you going to do in between that, how are you going to be an asset to the company? I’ve proven over 12 years that I’m more than just a wrestler and I can do more. That’s one of the reasons the decision was made to have me host WrestleMania with an iconic figure in WWE history; Hulk Hogan.”
This is not Titus’ first time hosting the biggest event in WWE’s calendar. O’Neil took over hosting duties at last years WrestleMania after original host Rob Gronkowski escaped after capturing the 24/7 Championship.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.