Austin Theory’s work on the independent circuit got the attention of Triple H who signed him to a contract. Theory worked in the black and gold brand before debuting on the main roster during the pandemic era. Vince McMahon was impressed by the young wrestler as well, but he still hacked up Theory’s name, leaving him with just a last name. Now that Triple H is in control, Austin Theory’s name is whole again.

WWE shortened his name to just Theory in 2021. That was until Triple H took charge of creative and decided to give wrestlers their full names back. Future live event lineups now suggest that Theory will revert to being known as Austin Theory, but the young wrestler isn’t 100% fond of the idea.

Austin Theory recently sat down for an interview with SHAK Wrestling and CBS Sports where he revealed he doesn’t want his full name back. It turns out that he thought Austin was a “throw-on,” because it is his real first name.

“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.”


As previously noted, Matt Riddle got his full name back as well. It appears that WWE is in the midst of restoring the original identifies of superstars. We’ll have to wait and see how that goes.

Do you prefer Theory or Austin Theory? Sound off in the comments!

Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym. 

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