In a conversation with Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Austin Theory recalled his early days and revealed who helped him the most in those moments. To this day, Theory still has enormous respect for that man, and will never forget that.
“Man, I always like to say AR Fox. I like to start with him just because, and people that don’t know who that is, that’s somebody that’s an independent wrestler as well. But that’s the guy that trained me from the beginning and really took me under his wing and and you know, sped up the process for me.
I was doing shows in front of nobody to doing really good shows like with Evolve and WrestleMania weekend Independent shows, and then getting noticed by the WWE. But he’s definitely somebody I owe a lot to just because of the time he put into me and the limits he was willing to break to go that extra mile for me.
”- he said, as quoted by pwmania.com
Austin Theory on Vince McMahon taking away his first name
Austin Theory also talked about the moment when Vince McMahon 'stole' his first name. Austin wasn't angry about that, but he certainly found the situation strange.
However, it wasn't long before he became the 'Austin Theory' again. He also revealed where the 'Theory' in the whole story came from. “Yeah, so I remember walking into, and 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, ‘Your 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”.