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Reason why Titus O’Neil was given WWE Warrior Award instead of Shad Gaspard

The recipient of the Warrior Award for the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame class will be Titus O’Neil.

The news was reported earlier this week, but WWE has yet to confirm it. Many people felt that former WWE star Shad Gaspard should get the award after he passed away at the age of 39 last year during a tragic incident at Venice Beach while with his son. Gaspard insisted on lifeguards taking his son before him and he was taken away by the water.

Fightful Select reported today the reason for O’Neil’s induction, as opposed to Gaspard, was due to WWE planning to induct O’Neil last year, but that got pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Obviously, those  plans were in order before Gaspard’s death

It was added, “Titus’ induction was not a sleight on Gaspard. O’Neill’s connection to the Tampa community played a big role in the timing of the past two years.”

The argument could be made that WWE should’ve had two Warrior Award recipients as there will be two classes for the normal Hall of Fame – 2020 and 2021. However, that won’t be the case.

The ceremony takes place on April 6th as it will air on Peacock.

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