Austin Theory, the current reigning U.S. Champion, is confident in his abilities, including his talent for taking a Stone Cold Stunner. The WWE superstar experienced the iconic finishing move firsthand during WrestleMania 38, when "Stone Cold" Steve Austin appeared and delivered stunners to Theory and Vince McMahon after their attack on Pat McAfee.
In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Austin Theory discussed his experience selling the legendary move. Below are the highlights from the conversation. The Theory asserts that his sale of the Stone Cold Stunner is the best, surpassing others who have taken the move.
He recalls encountering the Stunner on the independent scene while wrestling for Evolve and other promotions. "It is the best. I don't think it's right up there. I think it's right past the mark. What are we going based on, height? Because the ya boy was a rocket ship," he said, referring to his impressive leap into the air when taking the move.
"With just the roar of the crowd, you know, you want to bring that energy. I remember being high in the air and landing on my back, and then I'm flipping and on my feet again, flying into the ropes."
Austin Theory's First Meeting with Steve Austin
Austin Theory also shared the story of meeting Steve Austin for the first time on WrestleMania 38.
He described the encounter, saying, "Austin is in the little golf cart pulling up in front of the locker room, and he has his back to me. I go up to him, and I'm like, 'Hey, how's it going? I want to introduce myself. I'm Austin.'
He was like, 'Very nice to meet you. I'll see you later.' " That same day, Theory discovered he would be on the receiving end of a Stone Cold Stunner. He explained that he had always planned to sell the move the way he did but chose to keep it a secret.
"I didn't tell anyone because I didn't want anybody [to say to me no]. I will take my moment, and that will be it." Austin Theory's claim of having the best sales of the Stone Cold Stunner highlights his confidence and dedication to making a memorable moment in the ring.
His commitment to elevating the iconic finishing move showcases his respect for Steve Austin and his desire to leave a lasting impression on the WWE Universe.