WWE Star Not Interested In Return To Old Name

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With certain WWE Superstars expected to return to their original ring names, this former champion isn’t quite as keen to make the change back.

Numerous WWE stars have had their names changed this year in a direct order from ex-WWE boss Vince McMahon. WALTER became Gunther, Pete Dunne became Butch, and LA Knight became Max Dupri, to name a few. Among them was Austin Theory being renamed to just Theory.

The decision was one of the most controversial, given how odd the singular name sounds, but the current Mr Money in the Bank isn’t too fussed it seems. In a new interview with SHAK Wrestling, Theory revealed how he wouldn’t be jumping at the chance to regain the ‘Austin’ prefix:

“I would say no just because I love Theory. To me, Austin was always the throw-on, my first name. Theory is what I created in the backyard as a kid. I love it. Theory. It’s all we need.”

The name change came following WrestleMania 38. His first televised match under the new name was on Monday Night Raw’s 18 April broadcast, where he dethroned Finn Balor of the United States Championship, marking his first – and so far only – WWE championship win. Theory dropped the title to Bobby Lashley at Money in the Bank.

PWInsider reported recently that Theory will be regaining his full name moving forward, marking the latest change in WWE ring names following Riddle once again becoming Matt Riddle on Monday’s Raw. Similarly, Butch was shown on last week’s SmackDown wearing his old Pete Dunne career, minus the added Brawling Brutes references.

H/T to WrestleTalk.