Austin White is a 24-year-old professional wrestler and bodybuilder from McDonough, Georgia. White is currently signed to the WWE and performs on RAW under the ring name, Theory. He is also the WWE’s United States Champion in his first title reign.
Before starting his wrestling career, White placed first in the NPC Georgia Bodybuilding Championship Teen Men category at the age of 17 in 2015. The following May, Austin made his professional wrestling debut as Austin Theory at a WWA4 event. At the event, he defeated AR Fox to win the WWA4 Heavyweight Championship.
Theory also wrestled for World Wrestling Network and EVOLVE. At Evolve 97, Theory defeated Fred Yehi to win the FIP World Heavyweight Championship. In April 2018, at Evolve 103, he defeated Keith Lee to capture the WWN Championship. Theory lost the WWN Championship to Joey Janela at Evolve 106. On September 30 at Accelerate, he lost the FIP World Heavyweight Championship to Anthony Henry.
Austin Theory’s WWE Contract & Debut
Theory was signed to a WWE developmental contract in August 2019. He was then assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Florida. Theory made his in-ring NXT debut on December 25th 2019. He accepted an open challenge by Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship but was unsuccessful.
Theory made his main roster debut at the end of March 2020 on an episode of RAW. At WrestleMania 36, he wrestled with Angel Garza as a replacement for Andrade in a losing match for the RAW Tag Team Championship against the Street Profits.
Austin Theory’s Return to NXT
In August 2020, Austin Theory was re-assigned to WWE NXT. He made his NXT re-debut on August 26. On the September 8th episode of NXT, Theory wrestled Bronson Reed but lost. Following his re-debut, Theory spent most of his time in NXT as an enhancement talent. He lost matches to Kushida, Dexter Lumis and others.
At NXT TakeOver: War Games, Theory assisted Johnny Gargano in winning the NXT North American Championship. He then revealed that he was the newest member of the Gargano family. Theory appeared on the December 9th episode as part of a villainous faction called “The Way” with Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae (Gargano’s wife) and Indi Hartwell. The following week, he teamed with Gargano to defeat Kushida and Leon Ruff.
In January 2021, Theory and Gargano took part in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. They were eliminated in the first round by Kushida and Leon Ruff on the January 20 episode of NXT. For the next few months, Theory helped Gargano retain the North American Championship against numerous opponents. After a loss to Kyle O’Reilly on the July 20 episode of NXT, Theory took an absence from NXT television.
Austin Theory returned to attend the Indi Hartwell and Dexter Lumis wedding on the NXT 2.0 premiere.
Austin Theory Drafted To RAW
Theory was drafted to the RAW brand at the October 2021 Draft. On the October 4 episode of Monday Night RAW, Austin Theory returned to the brand and attacked Jeff Hardy following his loss to Damian Priest. For the next two weeks, Theory fought and successfully beat Hardy.
At the end of October, Austin Theory began feuding with The Mysterios. He first defeated Dominik Mysterio and defeated Rey Mysterio the next week. In mid November, Austin Theory was named a replacement for an injured Rey Mysterio for the RAW Men’s team at Survivor Series. At the event, Theory eliminated Sheamus before being eliminated by Jeff Hardy.
The following RAW after Survivor Series, it was revealed that Austin Theory took Cleopatra’s Egg from Mr. McMahon. As a result, McMahon rewarded him a WWE Championship opportunity against Big in the main event that night. McMahon awarded Theory this opportunity because he ‘showed intestinal fortitude.’ Austin Theory lost to Big E later that night.
Austin Theory Gains Mr. McMahon’s Favor
Over the following weeks, Mr. McMahon gave career advice to Austin Theory who continued to gain McMahon’s favor. On the January 17, 2022 episode of RAW, after defeating Finn Bálor, McMahon rewarded Theory a spot in the Royal Rumble match.
At the 2022 Royal Rumble, Theory entered the match as the third competitor. He lasted 22 minutes before being eliminated by AJ Styles. On the January 31 episode of RAW, Austin Theory defeated Kevin Owens in an Elimination Chamber qualifying match. At Elimination Chamber, Theory failed to win the WWE Championship after being last pinned by Brock Lesnar in a match also involving Seth Rollins, A.J Styles, Riddle and the defending champion Bobby Lashley.
On April 11th, in a backstage segment, Theory announced that he and Mr. McMahon had decided that the name Austin didn’t suit him anymore, dropping the first name and going by Theory.
Theory Wins WWE Gold
Theory won his first WWE Championship title on the April 18 2022 edition of RAW where he defeated Finn Bálor to win the United States Championship.SHOW LESS
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Black Gate Wrestling
- Black Gate Wrestling Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- The Crash Lucha Libre
- The Crash Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Evolve Championship (1 time)
- Full Impact Pro
- FIP World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Fire Star Pro Wrestling
- FSPW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Mucha Lucha Atlanta
- MLA Global Championship (1 time)
- National Championship Wrestling
- NCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Peachstate Wrestling Alliance
- PWA Heritage Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Network
- WWN Championship (2 times)
- WWA4 Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Xtreme Wrestling Alliance
- XWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time, current)
- NXT Year-End Award for Future Star of NXT (2020)