Austin Theory Couldn't Be 'A Goofball' Forever, Is Focused On Taking Steps To Become World Champion

Austin Theory reflects on his evolution.

Austin Theory, on Monday, November 7, 2022, failed to cash in his WWE Money in the Bank briefcase to become WWE United States Champion but almost immediately, he began to show a more serious side of himself, no longer taking selfies and letting his ego cloud his potential.

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At WWE Survivor Series 2022, Austin Theory successfully captured the WWE United States Championship for a second time. Afterward, he spoke to BT Sport about his evolution, explaining that he can no longer be a "goofball."

“I’d say it’s as wild as it has been for everybody else,” Theory said. “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. For me, it was a chance for Austin Theory to evolve and go to that next level, and I can’t take selfies forever and be a goofball. So it’s like finding that next chapter and what’s gonna get me to become a world champion, and I think we’re on the right track.”

Austin says that he would never have expected to be one of the people who failed to cash in WWE Money in the Bank but now, he is motivated to step up and get to that next level.

"Well, I'd have to say, growing up, watching the Money in the Bank matches were exciting, and watching the cash-ins were exciting. But I'd have to say, you know, I'd 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?' You know, 'I have nothing, I'm literally hit rock bottom.' So what now and I 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 kind of just shifts everything, and for me, it's great. Looking at it long term, it can only evolve and get better from here."

Now, Theory is ready for the next stage of his career and he says he is "The Now."

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