A wrestling move is only as good as the wrestler taking and selling it, according to Austin Theory.
There have been countless videos and stories about wrestlers taking certain moves and selling them in different ways. It makes complete logical sense, after all: the wrestler taking the move has to have the dramatic know-how to sell the idea that a scripted maneuver is doing real damage to them.
This is especially true for the Stone Cold Stunner, which is perhaps the most iconic wrestling move in modern times.
Even after other wrestlers adopt it or give it a new name, that move is forever associated with Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Some have credit Dwayne Johnson for having the best Stunner sell for how he’d handspring out so tell like he was being ragdolled around the ring.
Others would say Kurt Angle sold the Stunner best for selling like he was a tree being felled.
And then there’s Austin Theory, who thinks his sell of the Stunner at WrestleMania 38 was the greatest of them all.
In an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Austin Theory explains why his sell – which saw him jump into the air with arms flailing – was the best of all time.
“I think it is the best. I don’t think it’s right up there, I think it’s right past the mark. What are we going based off of, height? Because ya boy was a rocket ship.
When I was on the independent scene, I would wrestle in Evolve and sometimes on other shows. If somebody hit me with a stunner, I remember one time I just jumped as high as I could and with just the roar of the crowd you know, you wanna bring that energy.”
h/t Fightful for the transcription