5 Ups And 6 Downs From WWE Crown Jewel 2022


6. Just A Reminder

Real talk: Titus O’Neil did a nice job during the hype video to open Crown Jewel, firing up even the most cynical fan for a show paid for with blood money.

But Titus also did some serious damage to his credibility as a personality this summer when he came out on television shortly after the stories broke about Vince McMahon’s alleged actions and delivered a rah-rah “Stand up for WWE” speech that could only be described as a cross between propaganda and gaslighting.

To be clear, this isn’t a total knock on O’Neil, who is one of the true good guys and humanitarians in the industry. Rather, it’s an indictment on WWE for putting him in that position and being so obtuse as to damage someone’s reputation in the name of defending the indefensible.

Hopefully, that era is behind us completely, but considering that was literally this writer’s first reaction to seeing Titus, it’s a reminder that this was just a few short months ago. Time heals all, so this should be the last vestiges of that period, at least for Titus.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.