In the opening match at WrestleMania 39 (Night One), Austin Theory defeated John Cena to retain his United States Championship.
During a recent interview with NBC Chicago to promote Monday’s episode of RAW, Theory commented on the “surreal” moment and how his dream came true. He said,
“John Cena’s dream came true getting to step in the ring with Austin Theory. Sure, at eight years old, he was my motivation and inspiration to be a WWE superstar, but when I got here, I was like, ‘Man, I’m too good at this.’ I’m the greatest United States Champion.”
He continued, “To have that opportunity and moment, just pausing time, and being in the ring with John Cena, somebody that, I remember seeing a poster when I was leaving a wrestling show and it had John Cena on it, advertising Raw. I was like, ‘Man, who is that?’ I remember watching the next week and I wouldn’t stop watching every single Monday and it was John Cena that inspired me. That full circle moment at WrestleMania and beating him, it’s pretty surreal.”