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Titus O’Neil Recieves NAACP Reverend Hosea Williams Award

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WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil is known for being the leader of Titus Worldwide in the ring, but also for the amazing charity work he does outside of the ring.

At the 2018 Freedom Fund Dinner in Tampa, Florida, O’Neil received the Reverend Hosea Williams Award from the Tampa Chapter of the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

O’Neil’s friend and former WWE Champion Dave Bautista was at the dinner and congratulated him on receiving the honor.

The award was named for Hosea Lorenzo Williams, who  was an American civil rights leader, activist, ordained minister, businessman, philanthropist, scientist, and politician.

Williams was known for being a trusted member of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inner circle. Under the banner of their flagship organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, King depended on Williams to organize and stir masses of people into nonviolent direct action in myriad protest campaigns they waged against racial, political, economic, and social injustice. King alternately referred to Williams, his chief field lieutenant, as his “bull in a china closet” and his “Castro.”

Inspired by personal experience with and his vow to continue King’s work for the poor, Williams may be equally well known as the founding president of one of the largest social services organizations for the poor and hungry on holidays in North America, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, Since its founding in 1971, the Hosea Feed The Hungry and Homeless Food (HFTH), has distributed more than $3 billion in food, clothing, medical, educational, toiletries, furniture and cleaning supplies to 16 Georgia counties, three states and to the Philippines, the Ivory Coast and Uganda. The organization maintains an average administrative overhead of 14 percent — ensuring the poor receive 86 percent of all donations. The group’s website is down, but people can still visit the webpage to make a donation or volunteer.

The Hosea Williams Award is a big honor and O’Neil is a worthy candidate to receive it as he is involved with charity work with several nonprofit groups in the Tampa Bay area. His charitable feats include helping high school children – 245 – to get into college, leading corporate volunteers to read books to children and participating in United Way’s Walking School Bus program in at-risk neighborhoods by escorting children to school on foot. He has also visited children in hospitals.

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored him as the 32nd Lightning Community Hero of the 2016-17 season. He received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program and will donate the money to the United Way Suncoast, Wheelchairs for Kids, Academy Prep and Unsigned Preps Inc.

Most recently, O’Neil joined the “Black Panther Challenge,” where he teamed up with Alicia McDowell to help black children, especially those from low income families, to see the film “Black Panther.”

Among other awards he received, O’Neil was named the Mega Dad’s Celebrity Dad of the Year 2015 and 2016.

This is a big honor for O’Neil, who continues to inspire people in and out of the ring with his story and his work both in and out of the ring. 

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 7, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.

For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.

The Bad

For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel. 

For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up. 

The Final Verdict

Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.

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Nikki Cross Posts Farewell to NXT

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WWE superstar Nikki Cross is on her way to the main roster, looking likely to land on the SmackDown roster.

Cross posted the following farewell to NXT, where he has spent the past few years, on her social media page:

See you down the road @WWENXT
This isn’t goodbye…we caused far too much mischief and had too much fun doing it for this to be it… pic.twitter.com/0Fk8wEEUzX— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) January 10, 2019

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Matt Hardy Hinting at In-Ring Return

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Matt Hardy may not be done wrestling after all.

The WWE superstar, and future WWE Hall of Famer, had been rumored to been winding down his career and transitioning to a backstage role in 2018 as he was dealing with a number of nagging injuries.

Hardy also posted a couple of videos, and posts on social media, that echoed those intentions, at least they appeared to.

Now, Hardy seems to be hinting at an in-ring return in WWE.

Excited to check out the 1st #RAW of 2019 tonight, especially with all the interesting things that are advertised. Most importantly, I need to see where all the pieces are positioned & moving to on the @WWE chess board.

ALMOST TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE GREAT GAME…. AGEEN! pic.twitter.com/WFXeCiHb1h— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 8, 2019

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