|By Jay Calderon | August 10, 2012 | Comments|
His thoughts on the state of the business: "I don't know if anything is going to reach my expectations. I have some pretty lofty expectations. There's good and there's bad in everything and mostly I think it boils down to opinion. What I think is good, a lot of the fans might not think is good. Honestly, that's who my boss is: the fans. If they're real loud, regardless of whether they're booing or cheering me, I know it's real good. So, that's sort of my barameter."
On what it means to wear the WWE championship: "What does it mean to me? Well, to me, it means you're carrying the company, you're putting asses in seats. You're kind of toeing the line and you're a leader."
On whether he's more comfortable as a heel or a face: "I think I'm more comfortable as a heel for sure. I think it's across the board. I think if you look -- take comic books for instance. All the bad guys don't have rules to abide by. Good guys, anywhere in the world, they have a set of rules, maybe a code, that they have to follow. I think when you're a bad guy, that all goes out the window. You get to have a little bit more fun."
On whether or not fans still appreciate technical wrestling in general: I think there is. But, like I said earlier, it depends on what kind of crowd you're wrestling in front of. Every crowd is different, every crowd likes different things. So, you can't go out there and try to feed a crowd milk if they're lactose-intolerant. If this is the kind of crowd that you know likes and appreciates wrestling, then go out there and give them wrestling. If they're the types that appreciate show business, go give them show business.
On the backstage reaction to his now-infamous promo more than a year ago: "I've never been that 100% universally accepted in my entire life. [Laughs.] It was all smiles and high-fives when I walked back there.
On the type of performer he enjoys working with and if he believes he has had his best match yet: "Somebody who works as hard as I do. Somebody who works for the match and doesn't work for himself. Somebody who wants to go out there, leave it out there and entertain the fans. ... I don't know because I don't put much stock into whether I had a good match or what, because -- and I find myself saying this a lot -- but it's all an opinion. Whether or not some guy writing a wrestling newsletter thinks I had a five star match or not is irrelevant in my world. Because I don't know what that means.
"Shawn Michaels told me, 'When they're real loud, it's real good.' That's always the goal. Get them out of their seats, get them reacting one way or another. Our enemy is indifference. When people are sitting on their hands or are on their cell phones and looking around and they're not paying attention. That's when I know it's bad. When I know it's good, I walk away with an appreciation for a job well done. But, I'll never say, 'That was five stars,' or 'Man, follow that.' But, that is always the goal; make the next guy work harder than me."
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