Austin Theory wasn’t expecting a slap from Vince McMahon during one of their early segments on Monday Night Raw!
Ever since Austin Theory stole Cleopatra’s egg from Vince McMahon’s office at Survivor Series, he and the WWE Chairman have shared a special bond, with McMahon acting as an on-screen mentor to the young star.
Speaking to Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT, Theory spoke about the whirlwind of finding out that he’d be involved in an on-screen role with the owner of the company, initially not believing that the instructions were real.
“I showed up to RAW and I found out I was working with Mr. McMahon that day. And I was like ‘OK, is this a thing, do we just prank people? Like, yeah OK, I’m working with Vince McMahon [sarcastically].’
“And then sure enough, there’s his office, some cameras and there I am sitting there and the next thing I know, I’m getting slapped by Vince McMahon! Off we go to WrestleMania.”
The slap in question took place on the November 29th episode of Monday Night Raw, where McMahon sought to teach his protégé a lesson about surprises. The two shared lessons in vignettes throughout the night, and in the final segment, the WWE Chairman slapped Theory as they were about to shake hands and part ways, giving him one more lesson in being prepared for anything.
According to Theory, the slap wasn’t part of the script for the evening and came as a genuine surprise.
“I did not know the slap was coming [laughs]. I”m just like ‘alright, have a good day’ and BOOM! ‘Oh my god, woah. Alright, OK.’”
Austin Theory also spoke about his relationship with Vince McMahon, praising him for open lines of communication and saying he’s learned a lot from his mentor.
“It’s definitely great for me because Mr. McMahon wants that relationship with anybody that he uses on his show. I think it is intimidating sometimes to know he has this whole company and show to run, he’s in his office and he’s busy and going to him with ideas.
“But, it takes a lot of pressure off when you do segments with him and you can joke around with him. If you have a serious idea, he’s already right there. It’s one of those things, like anything, you just got to go and get it.
“I make sure I take full opportunity of that. I want everything I can and I try to soak everything in like a sponge.”
In another interview, Theory recently hit out at the stigma surrounding McMahon and elaborated further on their relationship.
Austin Theory is set to face Pat McAfee at WrestleMania 38 after Vince McMahon appeared on the Pat McAfee Show and offered the SmackDown commentator a chance to compete on the Grandest Stage Of Them All.