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Austin Theory On Vince McMahon Shortening His Name

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• Austin Theory On Vince McMahon Shortening His Name

After WrestleMania 38, Vince McMahon shortened Austin Theory’s name to just Theory.

He went by that for some months, before Triple H gave him his full name back.

During an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Theory talked about this and had the following to say:

“This is the time Mr. McMahon was Head of Creative. I remember the writer bringing my promo and the promo said, ‘Don’t call me Austin. It’s just Theory.’ I was like, ‘What? The name is gone?’ I was wondering why.

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. 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 funny story about Austin Theory coming back is I just got a text one day, or like that just pretty much said, ‘You’re Austin Theory.’ Then I showed up to the show and the matches were on the wall and there was my full name again. I’m like, I guess I’m Austin Theory again. So I thought it was kind of funny. Like, that’s how I find out, you know what I mean?

I never felt 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. But Theory was just that name I came up with as a kid. Even as a kid I was searching for, you know, besides it being a cool name that I came up with, and nobody had it like how can I give it meaning.

For the longest, Theory was supposed to mean, you know, a Theory is unproven, but to me when you’re unproven, that means you’re not proven, so you can always get better.

If you’re somebody that’s proven, that’s it for you. So me being a Theory always being able to change, to adapt, to evolve, that’s what it’s all about, and I still feel like to this day, it still works for that.”

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (March 23, 1992) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling

On this day in 1992, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.

It featured pre-taped matches, interviews, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF WrestleMania VIII’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Sid Justice vs. Hercules

– WWF Update

– A Statement From The Producer Of The WWF Magazine Tom Emanuel

– Tatanka vs. Pete Sanchez

– Interview w/ Hulk Hogan

– Bret Hart vs. The Mountie

– WrestleMania 8 Report

– Repo Man vs. Virgil *JIP*

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