When it comes to rising stars on the current WWE roster, Austin Theory stands out and a current announcer in the company is strongly behind him.
Earlier this year, WWE really started to push Austin Theory (then known simply as Theory) with former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon at his side. It was Vince’s way of endorsing the 25-year-old Theory because Vince knew that the fans generally hated him for decades, so anybody associated with Vince would benefit from that heat.
At Money in the Bank, Theory was put into the match without any warning and without having to qualify, but since he was Vince’s protege he got the spot and the heat that came with it after Theory won. Unfortunately for Theory, Vince retired as WWE Chairman in late July and Triple H took over the creative team as the WWE Chief Content Officer.
When Theory failed to cash in Money in the Bank on Seth “Freakin” Rollins for the US Title on November 7th, Theory looked like a fool since he didn’t try to cash in on the WWE or Universal Title and he failed, although Bobby Lashley is to blame for that. A few weeks later at Survivor Series, Theory won the US Title and has a more serious attitude while ditching the cell phone he used to have to take “selfies” to annoy people.
One man who strongly believes in Austin Theory as the future of WWE is Corey Graves, who is an announcer on Monday Night Raw and WWE Premium Live Events. On WWE’s After The Bell podcast, Graves talked about Theory maximizing his minutes.
“I’m going to let everybody in on a little secret. If you see your favourite superstar or any superstar on our television, that’s not a bad thing. This game is all about maximizing your minutes. If you’re on TV for 30 seconds, you make the most of that 30 seconds. If you’re on TV for three minutes, you better use every second of that to establish yourself or to further yourself, and that is exactly what Austin Theory has done each and every time he was given an opportunity.”
“People were upset with him, people didn’t like him, people didn’t take him seriously. Okay, change the mentality, you’re still featured, you’re still getting opportunities, and it’s what you do with those opportunities that really matter in WWE.”
As he continued, Graves continued to praise Theory by calling him the future of WWE and he’s going to prove it in the years to come.
“Austin Theory is a shining example and I’ve said it once. I might as well say it a million times and I’ll be screaming in the streets one of these days, Austin Theory is the future of WWE, period. It’s going to happen next week, probably not. Maybe by Wrestlemania, perhaps two Wrestlemanias from now, but trust me, the dude’s got the work ethic, the look, the passion and the skill and talent necessary to be a major league player for years to come. I am excited about the future of Austin Theory.”