Theory has arguably been the most prominent WWE Superstar across both brands, particularly since having won the Money in the Bank suitcase last month. Nevertheless, his absence from the 8/1 WWE Raw episode was notable. While neither WWE nor Theory have confirmed this, one possible explanation would be that the 25-year-old wrestler was grieving the death of his adored uncle, who died over the weekend.
Theory posted the announcement of his uncle’s death on Instagram on Sunday, trying to reflect on the remembrances they got to share together. He was seen on WWE TV during final moments of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns’ Last Man Standing match at Saturday’s SummerSlam. Theory began to cash in his Money in the Bank suitcase to steal the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship as Lesnar and Reigns continued to destroy each other. Lesnar, nevertheless, stopped him in his tracks with a deafening F-5 to the youthful wrestler on the outside.
Theory’s cash-in attempt failed because the referee never rang the bell, so he retains possession of the Money in the Bank suitcase. Earlier in the day, Theory was defeated by United States Champion Bobby Lashley in convincing fashion, failing to reclaim his previous title. Following the defeat, fans on social media noted that he’d been on a losing streak since winning the MITB suitcase on July 2. Aside from Saturday’s loss to Lashley, Theory has recently lost televised singles matches to AJ Styles and Drew McIntyre, as well as several live event losses to Dolph Ziggler. Theory has also lost multiple tag & 6-person matches in the interim.
Former WWE CEO & Chairman Vince McMahon resigned from his WWE responsibilities on July 22, leaving the company he invested 40+ years to build into an empire in the midst of an investigation into a series of hush money payments McMahon allegedly made to former female employees. But while his retirement is questionable given these findings, the wrestling world has primarily bowed their heads to the 76-year-old, including reigning WWE United States Champion Bobby Lashley.
Lashley said, I have a lot of respect for Vince. Vince accomplished something unprecedented. When I heard the news, I told him how many people he’d taken care of. He take my children through school, provided a roof over my head, and did so much more for so many other people. That can be said by thousands of people.
He is a business pioneer who built an empire. I’m standing here presently due to him, so I have complete respect for Vince and hope things work out in whatever way they do. I hope that I will be able to get in touch with him and seek his advice as things progress. Following McMahon’s retirement, WWE declared that Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan will indeed take over as co-CEOs of the WWE, with Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, having the final say in creative.