Austin Theory Reveals Why Vince McMahon Got Rid Of His First Name
Vince McMahon felt the Theory name could stand alone
For a while, Austin Theory was simply known as Theory, having temporarily lost his first name.
Speaking with Chris Van Vliet for Insight, the WWE United States Champion detailed the process of dropping the 'Austin' part, including his thoughts about it and why Vince McMahon made the call to shorten his moniker.
"Yeah, so I remember walking into, and this is the time Mr. McMahon was head of creative, I remember the writer bringing my promo and the promo said, 'Don't call me Austin. It's just Theory'. I was like, 'What? The name is gone?'. I was wondering why. I spoke with Mr. McMahon about it, and he felt that, you know, Theory could be a name that stood alone. He felt it had enough power behind it. Also, I think he just wanted to get away from that comparison of Stone Cold because we just did the WrestleMania stuff. So I think maybe out of circumstance, that's maybe why it happened," he recalled.
With regards to how he got the Austin part back again, Theory said:
"The funny story about Austin Theory coming back is I just got a text one day, or like that just pretty much said, 'You're Austin Theory'. Then I showed up to the show and the matches were on the wall and there was my full name again. I'm like, I guess I'm Austin Theory again. So I thought it was kind of funny. Like, that's how I find out, you know what I mean?"
Mr All Day went on to detail how he originally came up with the Theory name, saying:
"I never felt negative about it because Theory just meant the most to me, because I'll always have my first name. People are always going to know me as Austin. But Theory was just that name I came up with as a kid. Even as a kid I was searching for, you know, besides it being a cool name that I came up with, and nobody had it like how can I give it meaning. For the longest, Theory was supposed to mean, you know, a Theory is unproven, but to me when you're unproven, that means you're not proven, so you can always get better. If you're somebody that's proven, that's it for you. So me being a Theory always being able to change, to adapt, to evolve, that's what it's all about, and I still feel like to this day, it still works for that."
Austin Theory is set to clash with John Cena at WrestleMania 39.