Titus O’Neil has been a great ambassador for WWE. He won the WWE Hall of Fame Warrior Award for his efforts outside the ring. Titus was also the co-host of WrestleMania 37 with Hulk Hogan. Now, he’s got a school named after him.

Titus took to Instagram to express himself as he reacted to the unveiling of the new name. WWE shared pictures of the ceremony on Twitter. The official re-naming took place on Thursday.

I’ve been struggling to find the right words. The wave of emotions that I’ve experienced today are simply indescribable, but I’m going to try.

When I first stepped on this campus 6 years ago, I immediately felt a connection. I could see myself in many of the faces of young students who walked the hallways. It made me look back at my own past, remembering those who poured into me and exposed me to opportunities I never imagined. They made me who I am and it was on my heart to do the same for the students at Sligh Middle Magnet. To whom much is given…


Today I am humbled. Watching that tarp come off the building, revealing the addition of my name, merely signified the start of something big. My commitment to this school is life long. I look forward to continuing to work hand in hand with the faculty and staff to ensure that students who enter as a part of Cougar Nation leave equipped to be successful and capable of achieving all that the world has to offer.

The outpouring of support from my family, friends, and community as a whole will forever be appreciated. None of this could happen without you. So many of you have picked up the phone when I call with my ideas, when I need help to make things happen because you recognize that vision requires teamwork. Let me warn you, those calls aren’t going to stop–. I’m excited about what the future holds because…much will be required.

Thaddeus M. Bullard

Over the summer, WWE announced that the Hillsborough County School Board was going to add Titus’ real name, Thaddeus M. Bullard, to the Slight Magnet Middle School. The move was made to honor Titus’ positive work within the public school system.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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