Rhett Titus

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Rhett Titus
Rhett Titus 2014.jpg
Titus in August 2014
Birth name Everett Lawrence Titus[1]
Born (1987-09-15) September 15, 1987 (age 27)[1]
Forked River, New Jersey, United States[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Rhett Titus
The Romantic Touch[2]
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3][4]
Billed weight 203 lb (92 kg)[3]
Billed from The Temple of Lust on Long Beach Island, New Jersey[3]
The Temple of Desire off Long Beach Island, New Jersey[4]
Lovers' Township, New Jersey
Trained by Austin Aries[5]
Bryan Danielson[5]
Debut January 2006[3]

Everett Lawrence Titus[1] (born September 15, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Rhett Titus. A student of the ROH Wrestling Academy, Titus has been competing for Ring of Honor (ROH), as well as various independent promotions, since 2006. Since performing for ROH, he has won the World Tag Team Championship once with Kenny King as part of the All-Night Express, as well as winning the now-defunct Top of the Class Trophy once. He currently competes in ROH under the name The Romantic Touch.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Titus began training at the ROH Wrestling Academy with Austin Aries at the age of 17, and was later trained by Bryan Danielson at the Academy.[5] He was one of only two people in his class, the other being Mitch Franklin.[5] Titus later said that he "hated training with Bryan" at the time, but was grateful for it later as it made him "a more dedicated wrestler".[5]

Ring of Honor (2006–present)[edit]

Titus debuted for Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2006, and competed in dark matches for the company for several months, wrestling against people including Chad Collyer, Ernie Osiris, and Bobby Dempsey.[1] His first match on the main card for ROH was at Glory By Honor V Night 1 on September 15, when he teamed with Pelle Primeau in a loss to The Ring Crew Express.[1][6] Most of Titus' matches in ROH up until 2008 were dark matches, with the only exception being at Caged Rage on August 24, 2007 when he lost to Jimmy Jacobs.[7] Titus went on to win the ROH Top of the Class Trophy from Ernie Osiris in a dark match at the Respect is Earned II pay-per-view on June 7, 2008.[8] Titus was the last holder of the Trophy, as ROH stopped recognizing it as an official championship in October 2008.

The All-Night Express: Keny King (left) and Titus (right) in 2011.

In mid-2008, Titus began a feud with Delirious over female wrestler Daizee Haze. Both men attempted to get a date with Haze, and Titus began training with Delirious and Haze.[9] Shortly afterwards, Titus claimed to have had sex with Haze and to have recorded it on his mobile phone.[5][9] This led to a series of matches with Delirious, with Delirious coming out as the winner.[1][10] He later had Haze's face airbrushed onto his wrestling tights.[5] At Age of Insanity on August 15, Delirious joined The Age of the Fall faction, and defeated Titus after the referee stopped the match.[9][11] His feud with Delirious came to an end at the Rising Above pay-per-view, when Delirious defeated him in a grudge match.[12] Titus later said that this feud was the favorite of his career.[5] His storyline with Haze came to an end at Southern Hostility on December 6, when Haze confronted Titus about his claims, and she and the Necro Butcher forced Titus to admit that he had been lying, and that he was, in storyline, a virgin.[13][14]

In early 2009, Titus began teaming with Kenny King as the All-Night Express. In March 2009, Titus and King formed an alliance with Austin Aries, interfering in his matches and attacking wrestlers on his behalf.[15][16][17] On December 18 at Final Battle 2010 the All Night Express defeated Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly, announcing their intention of becoming ROH World Tag Team Champions in 2011.[18] On February 26, 2011, at 9th Anniversary Show, Titus and King failed in their first attempt to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship, when they were defeated by the Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli).[19] During the program with the Kings of Wrestling, Titus and King showed signs of a face turn and finalized their turn on March 19 at Manhattan Mayhem IV, after defeating the Briscoe Brothers (Jay and Mark).[20][21] On April 6, Ring of Honor announced that Titus had signed a new contract with the promotion.[22] On September 17 at Death Before Dishonor IX, the All Night Express defeated the Briscoe Brothers in a ladder match to become the number one contenders to the ROH World Tag Team Championship.[23] On June 24 at Best in the World 2012: Hostage Crisis, Titus and King defeated Wrestling's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship for the first time.[24] On July 10, 2012, Titus was officially stripped of the ROH World Tag Team Championship from The All Night Express due to the departure of Kenny King, ending their reign at 16 days.[25] Titus then attempted to regain the title by entering a tournament with rival Charlie Haas. The team made it all the way to the finals, before losing to S.C.U.M. (Jimmy Jacobs and Steve Corino) on September 15 at Death Before Dishonor X: State of Emergency.[26] On September 22, Titus unsuccessfully challenged Kevin Steen for the ROH World Championship.[27]

Titus as The Romantic Touch in January 2014

On March 2, 2013, at the 11th Anniversary Show, Titus, Cliff Compton, Jimmy Rave and Matt Hardy, revealed themselves as the newest members of S.C.U.M. by attacking numerous members of the ROH roster following the main event, joining Kevin Steen, Jimmy Jacobs, Rhino and Steve Corino as members of the group.[28] On June 23, S.C.U.M. was forced to disband, after being defeated by Team ROH in a Steel Cage Warfare match.[29]

Titus returned to ROH on October 26, 2013, working under a mask and the ring name "The Romantic Touch", defeating Will Ferarra in a dark match prior to Glory By Honor XII.[30]

Full Impact Pro (2006–2010)[edit]

Titus debuted for Full Impact Pro (FIP) in November 2006. In his first match on November 10 at All or Nothing, Titus and Alex Payne lost a tag team match to the YRR (Steve Madison and Chasyn Rance).[31] His second match, the following day at Evening the Odds 2006, saw him and Payne win a tag team match against The Heartbreak Express by disqualification.[32] In his next appearances, in late 2008, Titus began a feud with Grizzly Redwood, which culminated in a six-man tag team match between the team of Redwood and the Loggers, and Titus and The Heartbreak Assassins at Unstoppable 2008.[33][34]

Titus won the FIP Florida Heritage Championship on March 28, 2009 by defeating Chris Jones.[35][36] He successfully defended the championship against Jones on May 2, and Brad Attitude on August 1 at Heatstroke '09.[35][37][38] He lost the championship to Attitude on October 3 at Fallout 2009, after holding the championship for just over six months.[35][39] Titus' last appearance in FIP was at Southern Stampede on April 17, 2010, when he competed in a battle royal, before defeating Bruce Santee in a singles match later that night.[40]

Other promotions (2006–present)[edit]

Titus first appeared for National Wrestling Superstars in October 2006, when he unsuccessfully challenged Hasheem Ali for the NWS Heavyweight Championship. Early the following year, he began feuding with Nicky Oceans over the NWS Jersey Shore Championship; Titus defeated Oceans on April 7 to win the title, but the decision was reversed and the match awarded to Ocean by disqualification. Two rematches in July and December both ended in a draw. On February 2, 2008, Titus defeated Oceans in a non-title match, and the following month Titus victorious in tag team matches featuring the pair on opposite sides. After a title match ended in a no contest on March 2, Titus defeated Ocean in a rematch to win the championship on May 31. He successfully defended the championship against Myke Quest, Mitch Franklyn, Kronic, and Oceans, before losing it to Quest on October 4. That same night, Titus defeated Oceans to win the NWS Junior Heavyweight Championship. Throughout early 2009, he retained the championship against Corvis Fear and Damian Adams, but the title was declared vacant following Titus' departure in May. He returned to the promotion in October 2010, competing in a three-way match against Oceans and Judas Young.[41]

In February 2008, Titus took part in Chikara's King of Trios tournament. Alongside Shane Hagadorne and Alex Payne, he lost to Las Chivas Rayadas (Chiva II, Chiva III, and Chiva IV) in the first round.[42]

On July 8, 2013, Titus appeared as an extra in a backstage segment on WWE Raw. He stood dressed in a suit in the background during a segment involving Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero.[43]

Titus also began appearing for Juggalo Championship Wrestling (JCW) in 2014. On March 28, he and Joey Janela entered a tournament for the vacant JCW Tag Team Championship. They defeated Jarrett Foster and Steve Sterling and Ken Doane and Mike Mondo en route to the final, where they Chris Dickinson and Aaron Epic to win the championship.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Titus has a son, Chase.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

Titus in February 2008

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Impact Championship Wrestling

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