|By Marc Middleton | August 10, 2012 | Comments|
On John Cena: "I think he's fantastic. I think he's stayed true, I think he's playing the hardest part in wrestling which is the white-meat babyface. He never looks anything but fantasitc. Even though he's not a giant, tall man, he has a bigger than life personality."
On a problem WWE has that many people don't realize: "The biggest problem that the WWE probably has right now, and which people don't think about, is they've got guys down there that have been on handheld cameras for 25 years. It's not easy to shoot pro wrestling. Somebody sooner or later has to take Kerwin [Silfies'] spot, has to take Dunn's spot in those trucks [and] has to make those incredible last-second calls that makes a near-miss look like the person gets their head taken off. Their prodcution alone is impeccable. When you look at the company and the scope of its international ability and everything that it does, it's beyond first-rate."
On if the WWE went in a different direction because of MMA: "No. I think what happened is MMA got hot, and just like anything else, you buy a $60 fight, it goes a minute and 12 seconds, [and] you're not that apt to buy another $60 fight the next month. This is where I'll always say pro wrestling will always have a great advantage. If it's The Rock vs. Cena at WrestleMania, you know it's not going a minute and a half. You know it's going to go 20-25 minutes. You go to a movie and you know the action on the movie is not real [and] yet you're enthralled, you have complete escapism. I think that's what pro wrestling gives you, it gives you that escapism. It gives you that ability to watch a main event for 30 minutes and feel like you've got your money's worth."
On the essence of his comments: "Number one, one of the classic stories of all-time is always going to be David and Goliath. Now I doubt it would be a biblical story if it was David vs. David. I think that you always need that bigger than life [wrestler], especially in a heel role. I always want the heel to be bigger than the babyface . . . That's my preference. I hated playing the babyface. I never liked the role because it just doesn't make sense; they end up working your leg for 20 minutes because they're not gong to be able to pick you up and throw you around. It just doesn't work."
On if he has an issue with CM Punk: "Yeah, I have such an issue with him that we fell asleep next to each other in the locker room in London and I knew he had a bad back and I made sure that he got up so he wouldn't have to be in too much pain. I hung around with him most of the time that I was on the Europeran trip. I talked to him on a daily basis. We were handed edits to our live intereviews 30 seconds before we went on live to Raw and basically had the ability to look at each other like we're going out into a fox hole together. I have nothing but respect for Phil, I've said that a million times."
On his feud with CM Punk last year: "I think I was so rusty; I basically spent five years doing taped interviews. I was so out of my element and plus, it's very controlled. It's not like it used to be where you just kind of went out there and were able to wing it. I never felt comfortable in my element one time. I was told by Vince not to yell. 'Don't yell,' 'Don't do this,' 'Your cadence is too slow.' I was like, 'Dude, I've been doing this for 25 years I talk like this.' So it was difficult for me, I'm not going to say it wasn't. It never felt comfortable, and you walk in the door and you don't know anybody. I'm not saying that it was a bad experience, I wish I could have done the favor for Phil. I wish we could have had the match and I wish I could have put him over."
On why he was pulled from the feud: "What happened was I was on Plavix. And the WWE wellness doctor said that there was a chance that if I was to get an internal injury or something like that during the match that I could bleed out and die. So they had to pull me and get me off Plavix whatever the amount of time was and by that time, Triple H had to fight Punk."
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