Titus O’Neil’s suspension has been shortened to 60 days, PWInsider are reporting.
The decision to reduce the suspension from 90 days was made at some point yesterday. It means that O’Neill will still miss WrestleMania 32, but should now be back to work around mid-April.
WWE have suspended Titus O’Neil for “unprofessional behaviour”.
PWInsider are reporting that the 41-year-old was informed at last night’s Smackdown taping that he was being sent home for 90 days, meaning he will miss WrestleMania 32.
The reason for the suspension is believed to be an incident that took place at the end of the WWE Network exclusive footage of Daniel Bryan’s retirement. As Bryan walked to the backstage area, passing through the roster assembled on the stage, O’Neil grabbed WWE chairman Vince McMahon by the arm in what has been described as a “playful, physical way”, to which McMahon responded by angrily shoving O’Neil away.
It is being reported that McMahon was unhappy at the incident and that led to the decision to suspend O’Neil. There is also a feeling backstage that O’Neil picked the wrong time for such an act, given it was Bryan’s extremely emotional farewell.
The footage of the incident has since been removed from the video on the Network and the company’s YouTube channel.