Austin Theory addresses change in presentation, reflects on Money in the Bank cash-in

The newly crowned WWE United States Champion Austin Theory speaks about his character shift and the failed MITB cash-in

The new United States Champion speaks about the happenings in his career over the past month. 

At WWE Survivor Series: WarGames, Austin Theory became the United States Champion for a second in his career. 

Earlier this month, Theory cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase on Seth Rollins for a U.S. Title match but failed to win. Coming out of that, there was a shift in his character that was centered around Theory being more aggressive. 

He touched on that shift following Survivor Series: WarGames during a chat with BT Sport. He has seen himself evolve over this short period of time and said he could not continue taking selfies and being a goofball. 

It’s as wild as it has been for everybody else. You go from being so used to something to a quick switch and pretty much, that quick switch changes everything but, for a good way I feel like because for me, it was a chance for Austin Theory to evolve and go to that next level and you know, I can’t take selfies forever and be a goofball so it’s finding that next chapter and what’s gonna get me to becoming a world champion and I think we’re on the right track.

On the topic of the cash-in, he feels it opened the door for this revamped version of himself. With him failing to cash-in, it was like rock bottom and Theory feels there were new avenues to travel through coming out of that. 

Growing up watching the Money in the Bank matches were exciting and the cash-ins were exciting but I have to say, I never thought I’d have the failed cash-in but I guess I would be one of those guys but I would say for me, that whole process of that day of losing the Money in the Bank contract and kind of, where do I go now? I literally hit rock bottom, so what now? And kind of just to have this revamp of a personality and bring out this different type of energy that people aren’t used to from Austin Theory, it kind of just shifts everything and for me, it’s great and looking at it long term, it can only evolve and get better from here. 

At the post-Survivor Series: WarGames press conference, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque joked about how there were comments about Theory’s career being ‘dead’ a few weeks ago and compared it to where he is present day.

To get a recap of WarGames, check out POST Wrestling’s review of it here

If the quotes in this article are used, please credit BT Sport with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions. 

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