Author: Marc Madison
In the interview, Titus opens up about how he became a wrestler and who was integral in his development. He discusses the future of the All Night Express, his past feuds and his early training under Austin Aries and former WWE World Champion. Ring of Honor fans will be pleased with how Titus is open and forthcoming about his evolution as a wrestler and different things he takes into consideration now compared to when he was younger. He also discusses how Ring of Honor’s tag team division is as integral a part of the promotion as the singles division.
His enthusiasm for the future is something that was quite evident during our interview. Titus doesn’t hide who his early influences in wrestling are and how integral they are to what he’s achieved thus far. As a father, he also shares how he’s made a conscious effort to educate his son about wrestling and its risks.
10. Two ROH alumni who are credited with training you are Austin Aries & Bryan Danielson. Looking back now, what do you believe you learned from them?
As far as Bryan Danielson, his class was the advanced class, so I learned more about holds. He made me think outside the box a little bit more, when it came to pro wrestling. He also disciplined me a little bit more. Aries was more like me, laid-back. If you were a minute late it wasn’t a big deal. With Bryan, if you weren’t there by 5:00 on the dot, you were doing extra squats, extra push-ups, extra running of the ropes, extra everything. Nine times out of ten, coming straight from work to training, I was usually there at like 5:03, so I was always doing something extra. But it was a good lesson learned."
9. Wrestlers evolve and grow as performers. Can you think of a time where you were playing a character that you felt held you back?
Over time it evolved, but I think a character in wrestling is for the better. It makes things more entertaining, more interesting and I think how one character plays off of another character is a lot more interesting than wrestler A plays off of wrestler B. But that’s just my personal opinion, that’s just my personal preference."
8. Describe your experience during the program you worked against Delirious. What was it like?
It was cool because I always got to work on stuff at the school with Delirious and Daizee, and we got to do a lot of fun promos and vignettes. It was a blast because it was my first big angle, and the first time where I was getting used. Nowadays I still go up to the ROH dojo with Delirious and learn from him, pick his brain a little bit. In his new role, he has a whole lot more responsibility, but it’s cool to just go and listen in and figure out why he does certain things, and where he goes with certain things. It’s all part of the process of learning."
7. The All Night Express is reminiscent of the express tag teams of the 80s and 90s. Where did the idea for the team come from and what initial success could you have envisioned for you and Kenny King?"Kenny and I were teaming for quite a while. It was maybe a year and half to two years into our teaming together before we were dubbed the All Night Express. We were just the Kenny King, Rhett Titus tag team out there on the undercard. Adam Pearce originally put us together. I remember when he emailed me about it, I was like “ah, man, Kenny King. I hate that guy.” (laughs) I wasn’t a fan of Kenny because at one of his first shows in Ring of Honor he really rubbed me the wrong way. I was getting ready for a pre-show match that happened to be on my birthday, doing push-ups in the locker room. Gabe Sapolsky is looking at me like “Oh my God, look at this guy. He’s a machine. Look at all these push-ups he’s doing.” Then, Kenny King walks by and just looks at me and he looks at Gabe and he’s like “Pfft. I don’t even have to do push-ups before I go out there.” Then, Gabe was like, “Yeah, look at this schlep doing push-ups.” Are you kidding me? From that point on I was had a bad taste in my mouth regarding Kenny.
He felt the same way about me. He said, “Ugh. I’m being put with this student. This doesn’t really make sense to me. This guy never really did anything.” We were both, whatever. I was just, like, this is what is put in front of me, I’m going to do my best to make it work and see where we go from here. Then, we just started gelling. We created a bond. We created a friendship. Our tag team started getting better and then once Austin Aries was put as our manager and we were dubbed the All Night Express, we really felt like a tag team at that point.
Every good tag team needs a name and for the longest time we were trying to think of a name and we ever really had anything. But in order to play off of Austin Aries’ feud with Jim Cornette at the time, the All Night Express just seemed right. We’d go all night, we were just that much better than the people that came before us. I really dug it. It was good stuff."
6. When did the idea come about to reform ANX?
5. Now that the ANX have been reformed, what are the long-term plans for the team and for you as a singles wrestler?
4. As a dad, would you ever feel guarded about being involved in any storyline or match?
3. Thinking about what wrestlers have endured in the past, the physicality that has been a part of different generations of wrestling, how do you think wrestling has evolved during the time you’ve been actively competing in the ring?
2. What does the balance of 2015 & beyond have in store for Rhett Titus? What are your personal aspirations?
1. Describe your experience with the S.C.U.M faction. How did it come about? Were you pleased with the end result? Would you have done anything different?
I heard a lot of feedback from fans, and it didn’t seem like they were into it, but I had a great time with it. I will always regard that as one of my favorite memories. Just being managed by Steve and doing a lot of his old move set, it was one of those big mark out moments. It was really cool for me personally. Would I have changed any of it? No. I liked it. Not everything is going to be to people’s taste, but I was a big fan of it."