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Every now and then a Superstar comes along and you can tell straight away that they are destined for greatness.
It didn’t take long to see the promise of John Cena or Roman Reigns, both of whom became the best. However, Theory is an interesting case study in how difficult it is to predict what Vince McMahon wants.
Nonetheless, the 24-year-old is enjoying the biggest run of his career, thanks in part to a golden egg. What looked like a throwaway segment of Survivor Series 2021 turned into a much bigger role for the future-comer, as he turned out to be the culprit who stole the President’s prized possession.
On Raw after the pay-per-view, the Chairman gave him a chance to challenge Big E for the WWE Championship because he enjoyed his display of gut strength.
Lost theory but he started appearing backstage with his boss in the weeks that followed.
The newly elected
At first glance, McMahon’s new protege matches his usual aesthetic for the next big superstar. Theory is a handsome guy with a background in amateur bodybuilding. Plus, he already seems to have a knack for WWE’s brand of comedy.
It’s a bit of a surprise that the WWE Chairman chose the Georgia native over other NXT stars, but it’s no big deal for him. The former Evolve champion came on as a highly touted signee after his stint with the Philadelphia-based promotion.
The young star is an all-around sportswoman with a flashy move set and a strong promotional work. It may also help that he drew inspiration from The Prototype.
According to FightVotes“Now that his push is in full effect, the source says he anticipates bigger and bigger things for Theory. A person with first-hand knowledge says Vince “sees a young John Cena in Theory” and “will give the child everything he needs to succeed”. .'”
Cena also recently offered The Unproven One some words of encouragement via Twitter.
“Everyone understands that you have a lot more talent, strength and gifts than I ever had,” he said. “Don’t apologize for this. Ever. An apology should come 20 years from now if you don’t put in the effort to turn your potential into a legacy. I hope that day never comes.”
Some fans may be surprised by Cena’s belief that Theory is already way ahead of him at such a young age, but he may not be that far off. At his age, The Leader of Cenation had just signed with OVW with far less in-ring experience.
Still, Theory has yet to show the same “it” factor that ultimately propelled her idol to superstardom.
What is missing ?
This is the biggest difference between the two for the average viewer. Theory has a similar build to a young Cena and the hype machine is clearly behind him. It’s also easy to see how he can become a marketable commodity for WWE, but he lacks that extra element that made the 16-time world champion a household name.
Just following the theory won’t help matters either. His full name is adequate for a wrestler, but the shortened version isn’t exactly catchy.
An endorsement from McMahon may go a long way, but his presentation could ultimately get in the way. There’s nothing new or distinct about the way WWE presents him. For example, its theme song is a bit bland and forgettable. It might seem like a small gripe, but recognizable music makes all the difference and it was seen in this year’s men’s Royal Rumble match.
Additionally, Theory often comes off as comic relief as opposed to a legitimate threat. His stunning victory over Finn Balor to secure the United States Championship was a step in the right direction, but it will take time to overcome the limitations of his character.
To this end, his motives are quite simple and refreshingly in vogue. He is an influence hunter, someone who tries to gain attention or influence thought associations with someone more famous than them. It’s a smart idea for a heel that makes its ways forward relevant to younger fans.
Nevertheless, his use of selfies sometimes seems a little too on the nose. That won’t work for some older fans who don’t understand the nuance of her character. Instead, they’ll just see it as a cheesy gadget with a short lifespan.
Theory has the tools to be a compelling lackey and even a solid midcard champ, but it’s hard to buy him as a consistent mainstay player this early.
He’s shown hints of charisma and poise beyond his years, and his matches are getting better and better. Nevertheless, he hasn’t done enough to separate himself from the pack yet.
That’s not to say he can’t scale the role with polish and dynamic presentation. In fact, we could end up eating our words if McMahon’s pupil stays on his current trajectory. After all, other unconventional superstars have risen to prominence with the right opportunities.
Conversely, WWE is often persistent when it comes to its chairman’s pet projects, but being its hand-picked superstar can be a gift and a curse. Look how long the company has worked to bring Roman Reigns to his current role.
Some fans will dismiss anyone whose rise to the top of the map seems contrived. Theory hasn’t struggled because of this so far, but it could create a rocky road for him.