On October 1st, as a result of the 2021 Draft, Austin Theory joined the Raw roster. In fact, the former NXT wrestler had already appeared on the red show between March and June of 2020. During that time, he had joined forces with Angel Garza in a rivalry with the Street Profits that culminated in WrestleMania 36.
During the latest edition of ‘Legion of RAW’ on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo claimed that ‘a million boys’ looked similar to Theory’s. Analyzing the segment of the new Raw star with Jeff Hardy, Russo hadn’t noticed anything particularly significant about Austin’s character.
The latter’s reply was not long in coming, which he labeled Russo’s evaluations as ‘silly’ This prompted Vince to express himself on the subject again.
Vince Russo opens up on Austin Theory
“Many of these young talents take things too personally and fail to be lucid when they receive criticism” – began Vince Russo.
“What I expressed was just my impression. I have no idea who Austin Theory is, we’ve never met. Mine was a television viewer thought, which saw a normal guy make his debut on the Raw square. I don’t know anything about Theory’s skills in the ring or this guy’s personality.
I was referring to the fact that WWE had not committed to making its impact on the main roster more special. They limited themselves to the homework and presented him to the fans as one of many” – he added. Vince Russo cited Val Venis ‘debut in 1998 as an example: “It took weeks and weeks of work to make Val Venis’ debut perfect.
It is no coincidence that – when he stepped into the ring for the first time – the audience went into raptures. These are not things that are improvised overnight. I didn’t have it directly with Austin Theory, but rather with WWE.
They sent him out there without having prepared anything”. While Damian Priest is having the time of his life on the WWE’s red brand, The Archer of Infamy had a noteworthy run in NXT. Initially debuting as a monster heel, Priest soon turned into a good guy following his praiseworthy match against Finn Balor at TakeOver: In Your House (2020).
He then went on to have a feud with Cameron Grimes, and he had a solid run as the NXT North American Champion. Following his RAW debut, he immediately entered into a feud with The Miz and John Morrison whom he, along with Grammy Award-winning artist Bad Bunny, defeated at WrestleMania 37 in a tag team match.