|By Raj Giri||July 05, 2012 | Comments|
When he found out about the appearance: "I found out about a couple of days before. Johnny Ace called me up and asked if I could make it. I was in Louisville at a Fright Night fanfest -- I do a lot of those because I was Billy Ray Snapper in Devils Rejects, which was like the Reservoir Dogs when it comes to horror. So I was working for five straight days, then I had to catch a flight at 4:00 in the morning to go to Laredo [the site of last night's RAW]. I had already been up early the past three days with no sleep, but it was worth it."
The crowd reaction to his return: "If I didn't know they were on a tight time frame and [if] it was all about me, I would have really taken some time there. But I know they were on a time frame so I didn't want to do that... I can get my sh-t across and do what we needed to do because sometimes less is more. That time that we [Page and Slater] had, that little moment back and forth, and they [fans] started chanting 'DDP,' and I gotta tell ya, I was a little set back by it. I mean, the pop that I got when I came out was amazing. They started chanting 'DDP' and it got louder and louder... I was like, 'Wow.' Maybe I did make a real impression to some people... maybe I did do something right over all those years. Because you can't make people do that, you know?"
Criticism from some fans for not wrestling a match: "Those same people that complain about me not wrestling a match are the same people who would complain that I went too long, or I didn't do this, or I didn't do that. Those are the reasons that my critics could never carry my jock. [laughs] If I would have come out and squashed [Slater], what would that have proved? If I would have had a match, they would have said, "Come on, three weeks in a row," blah, blah, blah.
How his angle with Heath Slater was done: "I think the way they did it [the angle] with Doink was awesome! I thought it was great booking. Michael Wallstreet [Rotundo] was the agent on that, Johnny [Laurinaitis] came out there and we walked through it. I had a couple of different ideas and Johnny was the one who came up with the whole thing at the end and I just came up with how I'm going to do it. Michael came back with the handshake thing because he knew I did that [with Scott Hall on WCW Monday Nitro] ... you've seen many people do that, but you never saw anyone do it before I did that with Scott Hall. I wanted to bring something back from the old school, you know? And Heath did it great.
If people backstage were talking to him about wrestling or DDP Yoga: "It was a combination of things, because a lot of guys grew up watching me. One of the things Heath said was, 'I'm getting to actually work with a lot of the guys I grew up watching.' That's the same with baseball -- any athlete.
"The feeling is much different than it used to be. They really created something for the guys. I mean, Johnny [Laurinaitis] does a team meeting thing and it's fun. I was like, 'Wow, this is a pretty interesting comradery thing.' You know?
"With me, you know, Sheamus came up to me and we hadn't talked since WrestleMania. Chris Jericho, he's amazing. I couldn't afford Jericho, he's a million dollar guy, but he's barked about DDP Yoga because it really helps him and it's the only workout that he does. So, when I have Sheamus come up to me and say, 'You know, Chris [Jericho] really puts this over. Can you tell me more about it?' Well, you know what? I'm sending it to them. [Laughs.]
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