By Rhett Titus
I can hear them saying it now, “Did they really give Rhett Titus a blog!?” Yes, yes they did. When Ring of Honor approached me about potentially writing a blog for rohwrestling.com I jumped at the opportunity. With everything going on in the world these days, I want to help people out. I want to help people forget about the financial hardships they may be facing, forget about politics, and while being aware of the harm it is causing, forget about the COVID-19 virus for a few minutes out of their day. Plus, I have a story to tell.
Now that we know what brought me to writing this blog, I was faced with a big obstacle in my way, with no shows coming up, no matches announced… ‘’WHAT THE HELL AM I GOING TO WRITE ABOUT.?” I thought long and hard about the different things I could “blog” about, but truth be told I’m not a blogger. I have maybe only written a blog or two in my life, but I am always up for a new challenge. I have held many different hats in ROH: wrestler, manager, commentator, student, ringside security, crowd control, ticket taker, ring crew, truck driver, concessions, merch, bell ringer, why not add another job title to the resume?
Now, most people would imagine that I would blog about fitness or working out, but why limit myself? However, I can guarantee that will be a topic that comes up a lot of the time because it has been such a huge part of my life, but there is a lot more to me than that. At the age of 32 having worked for Ring of Honor Wrestling for the past 15 years, all while becoming a father of two awesome boys (ages 14 year and 8 months), husband, vegetarian, fitness freak, while managing a store and working 40-plus hours a week, and still being a “body guy.” To say there is a little bit more than meets the eye is an understatement.
Prior to joining ROH, I was a lifelong wrestling fan and even attended the very first ROH show in person. I went from the lowest schlep on the totem pole to headlining marquee shows. I have been a part of every “changing of the guard” so to say. From DVD sales, to pay per view, to HDNet, to IPPV, to Sinclair Broadcast Group, I have lived through all of it. I have been a part of some of the biggest moments in ROH history, and have seen most of the rest in person. While some were iconic, controversial, happy, and some sad, ALL of them tell a story. A lot of these stories have helped shape the company that you see today; a lot of them have helped make me the man that I am today.
I’m enjoying my time at home with my family and am truly blessed to work for a company like ROH who is taking care of their performers during this down period. I can’t begin to tell you the amount of times I heard over the years that ROH was done and the sky was falling, but we’re still standing. Though shows are canceled until June, I can already hear the sound of Jethro Tull’s “Locomotive Breath,” the fans banging on the guardrails in anticipation, and Bobby Cruise welcoming all the fans back to the best wrestling on the planet! ROH having won another battle where they were deemed the underdog, though this time we are all in it together.
I’m going to take a look back on my journey, the hardships and the triumphs, the successes and the failures, the peaks and the valleys … all in an attempt to make life move a little bit faster. I will be back later this week and start off this series of blogs with the only way we can start it off; my next entry will be entitled “The Era of Honor Begins.” The events that brought me to that day and how that day in history changed my life forever. To my ROH family, the Honor Nation, and the rest of the world, don’t forget we are #ROHStrong! Slowly but surely we will be back and better than ever doing the things that we all love to do!