An up and coming WWE Superstar has revealed that Vince McMahon has already spoken to them about becoming the “face of WWE.”
In the long and and winding history of WWE, there have been numerous Superstars who have been touted as the “face of the company.”
From Hulk Hogan, to Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and John Cena, each WWE era has had one, or very occasionally two, Superstars who have stood above all others, as the biggest stars in the company. Stars so big that their celebrity transcends wrestling and they become fixtures in popular culture.
Now that John Cena is winding down his in-ring career and his full-time run in WWE is a thing of the past, fans have been wondering, who’s next?
Many fingers currently appear to point at the former Austin Theory. The star’s rise to become a regular feature and champion on Monday Night Raw has been meteoric. In fact, his career has been so impressive to date that some have already picked him as the “new John Cena.”
Speaking to Ryan Satin on Out of Character, Theory was asked whether he thought he had what it took to become the face of the company. The United States Champion admitted that while he’s not getting ahead of himself, he absolutely believes he has what it takes.
“I think so. I don’t know what that level is because I’m on my way up and slowly starting to see how different things are and is a lot of evolution for Theory as a character and me, in my life, being ready for that. The way things are going, I feel I’m at a steady pace, but at the same time, there are some things that happen that put you on a new level. Honestly, I try not to get in my head too much because, at the end of the day, these are big accomplishments and this is the WWE.
This is what I dreamed of my whole life. At the end of the day, I know myself and I know my work ethic and I plan to only get better. I want to give this everything I’ve got and I don’t want to hold anything back. I also want to enjoy every single moment, I’m not in a hurry. I want to enjoy the process because you only get one shot at this, one shot at life.
For me, that sounds awesome. To be fair, I’ve envisioned myself being the guy and that’s a huge step to take. I’m on my way, for sure. Right now, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. My ears are open, my mouth is shut, I’m going to keep going,”
Not only has Theory imagined himself in that spot, it turns out that Vince McMahon has already spoken to him about standing at the top of the company.
“Yeah, [about talking to McMahon] because I wanted him to know that this was never a second choice for me. This was always the only thing. Nothing against college or stuff like that, you can do that at anytime. For me, I never had a plan B. It was this or nothing.
I was so heavy believing in myself at a very young age that, when these guys are at parties in high school, I’m in the gym and I’m training. I finish a job in a warehouse, working 8pm to 8am, I’m tired as hell, but I have to get up and workout because if I don’t, I’m gonna fall off. I’m gonna keep pushing until the next day. It’s that mentality and those little things. Everything that happens in life, happens for a reason. The build up of all these huge moments that have been happening.
Could this be the big build-up to get me ready for someone like John Cena? I’m gonna be honest, there are a lot of huge attractions, but I don’t think it gets any bigger than John Cena. Whether you’re a fan or not, you can’t deny his work ethic and what he’s done for WWE. To me, being in that position where I could possibly be the face, just thinking of how much work there is, it’s insane.
My hats off to that. It takes a hell of a human, a man, an anomaly, somebody who can pull that off. It’s insane. I feel like my brain will go crazy if I try to think of all this stuff to get there. If I just enjoy every moment and give it my best, it should be a good ride. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but I definitely keep my head on straight and keep moving forward,”
In recent months, Theory and John Cena haven’t been shy about mentioning each other in interviews or on social media. Interestingly, Cena is scheduled to return to Monday Night Raw on June 27th.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.