Last week, Titus O'Neil was suspended by the WWE for grabbing Vince McMahon's arm at the end of Monday Night Raw during Daniel Bryan's retirement speech.
Originally, the WWE superstar was suspended for 90 days, but this has since been reduced to 60. There have been reports the WWE Chairman wanted to fire O'Neil, but he was persuaded otherwise by Triple H and Joey Mercury.
Wrestling Inc has also confirmed the former Primetime Players tag team member was also fined $5,000 in addition to being suspended. Many critics and former WWE superstars have given their opinion on the suspension, including Stone Cold Steve Austin.
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The WWE Hall of Famer said on his podcast, according to NoDQ, that he believe O'Neil's actions on Raw were inappropriate.
He said: "The whole racist thing really irritated me because any time you hear about anything these days it’s racist, and, man, it’s 2016. I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist, but, I mean, to play that card in this situation was total B.S. from my perspective … racism and that? Absolutely not. It was a reprimand for something that didn’t need to happen at that time. End of story.
"If you’re going to suspend somebody, I think 30 [days]. I think 60 is still a little overreacting. Did something need to happen, a come to Jesus meeting or a stern talking to backstage? Something needed to happen because I do believe it was inappropriate. It was the wrong person, at the wrong time.
"Vince is 70 right now and that was a serious moment for him. He was totally in character. He cares about Daniel Bryan. He gets jerked pretty forcibly over there to Titus O’Neil and it was completely inappropriate … This may be pro wrestling, sports-entertainment, whatever you want to call it, but that was a serious moment. It’s not a time to be shucking and jiving out there, so lay some type of punishment down.
"Fine him, this, that, or whatever. I don’t know. Something was appropriate, but when I started hearing the racism things, I was like, ‘I’ve got to roll my eyes and I’ve got to call complete and utter bullsh*t in this one.'"
O'Neil's suspension means he will miss WrestleMania 32 later this year. Some have said the punishment he received was harsh for what he did, but rumors have stated this was McMahon's way of sending a message to the locker room to stop messing around and act more professional.
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