After Randy Orton shared his expletive-filled opinion about NXT performers coming to the main roster, one former NXT talent Austin Theory has responded.
Austin Theory recently spoke to Wrestling Inc. and had an interesting response to Orton’s harsh words, clarifying he has a great relationship with Orton, saying:
“So, Randy Orton is somebody that has a huge legacy here, he’s well respected. He knows what he’s doing, he knows what he’s talking about. I don’t personally think that’s directed to everyone. There’s reasons for him saying that, and he has a right to his word. I personally have a great relationship with Randy.
“He is somebody that, if you want advice, or you want him to watch something, he will take a look at it, he will give you good advice, he won’t sugarcoat it. To me, it’s one of those things that you hear about, but you’ve got to know where it’s coming from.”
Randy Orton was recently on the Pat McAfee show where he had some harsh criticism of NXT talent, noting that he felt that there was not a heavy enough emphasis on safety from their performers and in true Randy Orton style, threw in some f-bombs as well.
Austin Theory secured an enormous compliment when he was introduced prior to his WrestleMania 38 match against Pat McAfee himself when Chairman Vince McMahon referred to Theory as “future Universal champion,” ahead of the match.
That match and the subsequent angle that saw Mr. McMahon interfacing with Stone Cold Steve Austin was widely regarded as one of the highlights of the entire WrestleMania weekend, indicative of how big of a star WWE believe Theory could become.
Theory has been involved in a relatively long program with Mr. McMahon stretching back to Survivor Series where he frequently appears in backstage vignettes as a mentor for Austin Theory.
Transcription via Wrestling Inc.
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