Wrestling fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the highly-anticipated match between WWE United States Champion Austin Theory and legendary wrestler John Cena at WrestleMania 37. While many may see Theory as a young up-and-comer following in the footsteps of Cena, the rising star wants everyone to know that he’s not trying to be a rip-off of his childhood idol.
In a recent interview, Theory talked about his journey to becoming a professional wrestler and how Cena played a crucial role in inspiring him to pursue his dream. “Being eight years old and knowing what I wanted to do for the rest of my life because of John Cena…I was inspired. And I went straight to the TV and I’d watch John every single week,” he said.
However, despite his admiration for Cena, Theory is determined to establish his own identity and show the world just how different he is from the wrestling legend. “I don’t want to be a rip-off of anybody and at WrestleMania, I’m going to show everybody just how different Austin Theory is,” he said.
Theory also opened up about his mindset going into the match, saying that he can’t get swallowed up by the giant John Cena story. He’s aware that the crowd will be crazy for Cena, but he’s focused on himself and his own success. “My mindset going into this match is all about me…After I retain my U.S. title by defeating Cena on Saturday at SoFi Stadium, I’m going straight to the top,” he said. “The world is mine. That’s where I go. Take over the world.”
As Theory prepares to take on Cena on the biggest stage of them all, it’s clear that he’s ready to make a name for himself and establish his own identity in the wrestling world.