WWE name changes aren’t uncommon nowadays and last year the company decided to switch things up when Austin Theory’s name was shortened to Theory. A few months later Theory’s name was changed back to Austin Theory, and the current United States Champion recently explained to Chris Van Vliet why his name was changed in the first place.

“Yeah, so I remember walking into, this is the time you know, Mr McMahon was head of creative. And I remember the writer bringing my promo and the promo said, you know, don’t call me Austin, it’s just Theory. And I was like, what, like, the names gone? And, you know, I was wondering why.

And 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. And 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.”

The former Money in the Bank winner also revealed how he found out he was going to become Austin Theory again, and he clarified that he never felt negative about the change when his name was shortened.

“But the funny story about Austin Theory coming back, is I just got a text one day, or like that just pretty much said, like your Austin Theory. And then I show up to the show and the, you know, the matches are on the wall, and there was my full name again. And I’m like, I guess I’m Austin Theory again, you know, so I thought it was kind of funny. Like, that’s how I find out, you know what I mean?

But, uh, I never, I never felt like, I guess like 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.”

Austin Theory will be competing in arguably the biggest match of his career at WrestleMania 39 when he defends the United States Championship against John Cena. WWE recently announced that the match will open up night one of WrestleMania 39. Stay tuned for updates.

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