Austin Theory has enjoyed a rapid rise towards the top of the WWE since his RAW debut in October 2021. The former NXT star has enjoyed two United States Championship reigns, claimed victory in the 2022 men’s Money In The Bank ladder match.
The cocky young Superstar saw arguably the biggest night of his career last year at WrestleMania 38. As part of his storyline with Vince McMahon, Theory ended up in a match against Pat McAfee and was on the receiving end of a Stunner from Stone Cold Steve Austin.
With Theory now set to defend his United States Championship against the legendary John Cena at WrestleMania 39, he has revealed that any felt Vince McMahon’s WWE departure spelt the end for his impressive run.
Austin Theory outlines reaction to his role following Vince McMahon’s departure
In a recent discussion on the After The Bell with Corey Graves podcast, Theory revealed that many felt Vince McMahon’s relinquishing control of WWE creative would lead to a halt to his big push:
“Well, man, it’s like one of those things, you know, I feel like everything kind of got a little crazy around the end of Money in the Bank deal. And that’s when things kind of started spinning and, you know, online, everybody’s like, Oh, his career’s over. He’s, he’s done for and I’m like, Man, I’m just getting started. But yeah, just the midst of all that happening, you know, and everybody thinking, like, I’m finished, and coming back from that, and everybody’s like, Oh wow, like, This is crazy. But that’s just how it goes”.
Theory would go on to draw comparison’s to his recent storyline with John Cena and denied that a feud with the former ‘Doctor Of Thuganomics’ was negative for his career:
“And it’s kind of funny, that scenario kind of relates to what just happened with John Cena, you know, everybody online is like, you’re buried, you’re done, you’re finished. I’m like, You guys are idiots, you really are. I mean, yes, John Cena needs to say everything he can, because he’s gonna go back to Hollywood until WrestleMania and go put his skirt and heels on. So, you know, that’s why he has to say all those mean things, he’s got to say everything he can. And I’m sure he thought about that for a really long time. I mean, he did say he’s been watching me for a long time, didn’t he?”.
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