WWE news: Titus O'Neil describes what backstage atmosphere is like during COVID-19 crisis

O'Neil has spoken about the atmosphere backstage in WWE

Titus O'Neil made a rare appearance on RAW earlier this month.

He took part in the Last Chance Gauntlet Match, attempting to qualify for Money in the Bank.

Of course, it was AJ Styles who eventually booked his place in the ladder match, but for O'Neil, that was his first appearance on RAW since November 2019.

Things are certainly very different to the last time he was in the ring, too.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, WWE continues to run shows from the Performance Center.

As Titus is a local Florida resident, it makes sense to bring him into work, even for a small role.

Following his appearance, O'Neil spoke exclusively to GIVEMESPORT about what the atmosphere is like backstage in WWE at the moment.

"It’s definitely strange and different, you know," he said.

O'Neil has explained the backstage atmosphere at WWE

"I’m not accustomed to seeing all my co-workers walking around with masks on and having to not hug like normal, or eat and congregate the way we normally do.

"But as we all say, the show must go on and we’re trying to provide high-quality entertainment every week, to be an escape from all of this stuff happening in the world.

"Performing in front of no fans, it’s really about you and the individuals in the ring. You’re focused on them only, but you also know you’ve got an audience of millions watching on television."

O'Neil acknowledged the differences in WWE at the moment

It's certainly a strange time to be a WWE Superstar.

So much is made about the camaraderie backstage, but right now, there's absolutely no chance of that.

Still, WWE should be respected for continuing to run shows while properly ensuring the safety of all employees during the coronavirus pandemic. 

WWE continue to run empty arena shows

It's clear everybody who enters the building is committed to doing one thing, as Titus says - providing entertainment for fans at this difficult time. 

Titus O'Neil was speaking as part of WWE's partnership with the NSPCC. 

The NSPCC is urging the public to visit its website and donate £10 to help fund vital services like Childline, so the charity can continue to answer calls and be here for the young people who desperately need someone to talk to.

NSPCC has lots of advice for parents on their website, from talking to children worried about coronavirus to taking care of their mental health: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents/

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