Austin Theory Talks “Full Circle Moment” At WrestleMania 39

Austin Theory goes A-Town downstairs on Cena
Austin Theory goes A-Town downstairs on Cena

Austin Theory had one of the biggest moments of both his career and his life at WrestleMania 39.

On the first night of the two-night wrestling extravaganza, Theory accomplished something historic when he pinned John Cena to retain his United States Championship.

That victory brought him both a huge payday and a degree of vindication after Cena had insulted and in some ways tried to “bury” him on RAW in the lead-up to the show.

Speaking to NBC Chicago, Austin Theory explained how it felt to beat Cena on the biggest stage of them all.

“John Cena’s dream came true getting to step in the ring with Austin Theory. Sure, at eight years old, he was my motivation and inspiration to be a WWE superstar, but when I got here, I was like, ‘Man, I’m too good at this.’ I’m the greatest United States Champion.

To have that opportunity and moment, just pausing time, and being in the ring with John Cena, somebody that, I remember seeing a poster when I was leaving a wrestling show and it had John Cena on it, advertising Raw. I was like, ‘Man, who is that?’

I remember watching the next week and I wouldn’t stop watching every single Monday and it was John Cena that inspired me. That full circle moment at WrestleMania and beating him, it’s pretty surreal.”

Austin Theory’s next title defense will take place at WWE Backlash when he takes on both Bobby Lashley and Bronson Reed in a triple threat match.

h/t Fightful for the transcription