Young adds a few more names that have influenced them.
“Mark Henry is one of our traveling partners,” Young said. “We travel with him up and down the road and pick his brain. From top the bottom, for guys backstage, Arn Anderson and Fit Finlay, these are guys who have been to the big dance and they have helped us out. We pick their brains, and they are nothing but great guys to us.”
A trademark of the Prime Time Players is their “Millions of Dollars” dance. O’Neil remembered it starting when he strong-armed Young to go left and right one night. He takes him back to his days on the gridiron.
“If you look at basketball nowadays and the Final Four, you’ll see huddles with teams swaying back and forth,” O’Neil said. “That’s kind of where I get it from. I just brought the sports background into it…It’s more about having swagger. If you’re confident in what you do nine times out of 10, even if the skill level may or may not be where it’s supposed to be, people see that confidence. They feed off that confidence and that energy. We look at teams like the New Age Outlaws and Harlem Heat. Even The Rock and Sock Connection, we enjoy their banter back-and-forth.
“They showed us that we can be entertaining and at the end of the day that is what it’s all about. The ‘E’ in WWE stands for entertainment, and that’s what the Prime Time Players are all about.”
O’Neil has also used what successful directors and actors have done in Hollywood and infused it into his own persona. This includes ‘Pancake’ Patterson.
“I get it from Tyler Perry and Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx and all these guys who were playing multiple characters throughout their career on different shows,” O’Neil said.
“It works, and it’s entertaining. Tyler Perry has made millions, so I don’t have a problem having ‘Pancake’ Patterson come out every once in a while.”
Even though the duo have developed a solid fan base and progressed in the last year, they aren’t where they want to be yet. For Young, the road to the tag team championship has had its obstacles.
“It’s the entertainment business,” Young said.
“There are ups and downs. You just have to take the good with the bad and make the most with it. I’m just so blessed to be doing what I’m doing right now, and that is performing for one of the greatest organizations in the world in WWE. I work smart and work healthy. I had knee surgery about a month-and-a-half ago. The internet said it was until October or November, but it was a quick scope, and I was back in three weeks, and I feel so much better.
“So the injuries do come with the territory, but you have to bounce back and take care of your body because your body makes you money. So take care of your body and promoting yourself and making yourself marketable, and that’s what Titus and I have done. The Prime Time Players are a brand, and we are just happy making moves.”
With the moves, comes new Prime Time Players merchandise. A few weeks ago it was surreal for O’Neil to hold his action figure.
“It’s awesome,” O’Neil said.
“You grow up as a young boy playing with action figures and to become one, it just shows you how great God is on my life. The things that I’ve had to go through to get to where I’m at today, it’s kind of like a reward here and there with the action figures and the merchandise. At the end of the day it’s about people being invested in something that I’ve helped create. I’m enjoying it.”