Some people just get it, and it didn’t take Theory long to become the kind of Superstar who travels the world, racks up championships and finally makes it to WWE. In fact, he did it all before he was 23, in just a short but sweet four years.
Theory is a study in rapid, meteoric ascent, appearing across Progress, EVOLVE and CMLL from 2017 to 2019, where he rubbed shoulders and threw hands with future NXT and WWE Superstars like Keith Lee, Lio Rush and Mark Andrews. In 2019, he defeated future NXT and NXT UK fixtures Roderick Strong and Fabian Aichner to win the EVOLVE Championship.
So strong was Theory’s reputation that he signed with NXT while still holding that title before briefly moving to Raw.
After serving as a key member of The Way alongside Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell in NXT, Theory continued to ascend, so much so that he was selected by Raw in the 2021 WWE Draft and quickly picked up victories over the likes of Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio. By the time he’s 30, Theory may well be running this place.