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Vince McMahon sees Austin Theory as the next John Cena

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During today's Wrestling Observer Live, there was a discussion about the WrestleMania card and what the finish might be for the Austin Theory vs. Pat McAfee match at WrestleMania.

Alvarez said, "Whether you all see it or not, Vince sees this guy as like a John Cena - this Austin Theory. There's a reason he's grooming him and he's always there in his segments. That's what he sees in this guy. Maybe he wants to teach this guy that you also have to be able to lose so Pat McAfee will get the win [but] I would presume Austin Theory is winning." was told that Theory's segments do well in the ratings and that's another reason why he's been given more screen time. During his days in NXT there was talk that he would eventually become a top star on the main roster and eventually main event WrestleMania.

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With John Cena no longer a full-time performer and Roman Reigns looking at Hollywood opportunities in the next couple of years, there has been more of a push within WWE to try and create the next big star that can headline shows for the next several years. Theory and Bron Breakker are two of the names being looked at to help carry the company at some point.

Theory has said before that he looked up to Cena when he was growing up. He said this in December:

"John Cena has always been my inspiration not just in wrestling but in life. I modeled my life at a very young age on what I seen him present on TV. Watching him was always my escape when things weren’t going so good in my life. He is without a doubt a true role model."

He also has said that his dream match would be to wrestle Cena in Cena's retirement match: "That’s a tough one, man, they both sound amazing. I think for Austin Theory, you’d have to really not “see” Cena anymore because I’d have to retire him. I’d have to do it man."

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