On his brief reign as World Heavyweight Champion and the fans outcry over the quick change: "Obviously, I kind of look at it two ways. There's very few people that ever have a chance to become World Heavyweight Champion. I did that, got a taste of it, I know what it takes to get to that point now and the way I look at it, I stay positive about it and I look forward to being able to call myself a two-time World Heavyweight Champion.
"I was really surprised by the outpouring of all the stuff on Twitter, all those sorts of things. It was pretty surprising. I think a lot of it happened before... obviously, the show is done on Tuesday and shown on Friday, so theres a lot of things people were going on hearsay before the show even aired, before they even saw it, so you kind of have to take that with a grain of salt.
"I think Randy and I have great chemistry and going forward there should be some exciting times for myself. I look forward to the challenges, and like I said, I got a taste of being World Heavyweight Champion. I know what it takes to get there and I look forward to being the World Champion again`. I won't stop until it happens."
Bittersweet that he won the title after Edge was forced to vacate it: "Of course, it was a tough pill to swallow. He's my best friend. We've known each other since we were in sixth grade. I knew that he was having issues with tingling and things like that in his arms. He had neck surgery years ago, so I think he realized that at some point, it may come back to bother him again at some point in his career. The day after Wrestlemania he went and had everything checked out and it turned out he had the spinal stinosis and the whole thing and he was in serious risk of permanent damage to himself. All it takes is a fall, or to do something one wrong way and the risk of paralysis was even there. Nothing is worth that type of risk.
"He called me right after he got the news and obviously he was very upset about it. We got off the phone and I started thinking about it a little bit. I called him back and I said I understand why you're upset, but you can look at it two ways. You can look at it that way or you can look at it this way. Your career has been amazing. There's not many people that can say they had the type of career you had, done the things that you've done. You've always done things the way you wanted to do them. If this is it, your last match was at Wrestlemania in front of seventy thousand plus people in one of the main events, and you walked out as the World Heavyweight Champion. I said I don't know if you can write a better ending to a script than that. And he's like 'Man, I didn't even think about that.', and right away I think he kind of felt better about it. It took him a couple days to kind of let it sink in, but that being said, he realizes there's not much he can do about it now except look forward to the future.
"None of us were expecting any of this to happen, it just happened and it's one of those things where when you get a chance to step up, you gotta step up and I feel like I did."
If he is more over now than he has ever been: "I think people know that every time I go out there, I leave it all in the ring, regardless. So I think there's a certain respect with that and I think that's just grown over the years because I feel like over the course of my career…..people know that I never take a night off. I'm out there every night working my butt off trying to do what I do, and that is entertain every single person that paid their hard earned money for a ticket. So I think people realize that and I think over time, I feel like that's grown, definitely."
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