|By Jay Calderon | September 30, 2012 | Comments|
On his friendship with Colt Cabana: "I don't know how entertaining we are when we hang out. We're literally just sitting on my couch arguing. 'Want to go to the gym?' 'Yeah, I don't want to go to your gym.' 'Well, I don't want to go to your gym.' The gym I go to in Chicago, people are told not to speak to me. [Laughs.] It's a long story, I know it's some crazy Axl Rose stuff. But when I go to a gym, it drives me crazy -- some times I can't go to a gym because people are constantly bothering me, mid-workout, they're tapping me on the shoulder. I just want to throw people out of a third-story window.
"I don't know, Cabana's a cool guy. Knock on wood, everybody cross your fingers, we might have some potential good news in the near future."
On what changes he would make in WWE if he had complete control: "Well, I think a lot of the chance is behind the scenes. I think -- and I know -- I've had a ton of input. People have been asking me questions, people in 'high places', people who hire people. I'm not going to take credit solely for somebody getting hired, but if you look at a lot of the people that we've hired that are down in FCW, there's a reason for it.
"I just like people that work hard. We recently just hired Sara Del Rey to train our future divas. And I know a lot of people are like, 'Wow, that sucks. Sara should be on television.' Maybe you're right. But I've talked to her about it, this is her dream job. She gets to wrestle every day and she gets paid for it. I don't think there's a better female wrestler in the world right now. She can teach our girls and hopefully the future generation of divas are going to be that much better for it.
"Right now, it's wide open. With Beth leaving, Kelly gone, there's never been a better opportunity for the girls in FCW to step up. So, I'm interested to see what happens.
"Guys like Chris Hero, Claudio, Tyler Black, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose -- look, I'm not going to sit up here and say they all look up to me or something like that. Maybe they do, maybe they don't, I don't know. To me, I'm here for them. You know what I mean. I wasn't afforded certain opportunities based on what people thought of me. If I hear certain people's opinions on talent based on what they've heard or what their reputation is -- no, that guy or that girl is awesome. Shut up. Let them be them, let them do their thing. We will all be better off for it in a couple of years.
On someone that he would like to drop a pipebomb on: "Well, I don't know when he's coming back but Dwayne. I'm not going to be gentle like Cena was. You know what I mean? It's live TV, anything can happen. I'm looking very much forward to it, to doing stuff with him. I'm running out of people that do interest me to work with. So, I'm looking forward to that.
On what it was like being on the cover of WWE 13: "It's awesome. That's one of those things where the goal is to always be in a video game. it was never like, 'OK, well I'm going to be on the cover.' I just figured as long as I'm in a video game, that was good enough. Then, the cover opportunity popped up and I think that's awesome."
On what it felt like being the champion, but not always getting the main event: "Well, that's one of those things that I think we need to change. Right now, in the company, I look at things a little bit differently than everybody. There are two people on the main event roster that have experience wrestling in the main event at WrestleMania. One is Randy and one is John. John just went down with an elbow surgery so he's out. Knock on wood, what happens if I get hurt today in Topeka, Kansas? Are backs are against the walls.
"We have to put somebody else in that spot. We have to take chances at that point. John is great, he's a great champion and a great spokesman for the WWE. But, I don't see him in the same light that a lot of people do. People think he's the end-all, be-all and is the only one that can do that. I don't see it that way and I don't think we can put all our eggs in one basket. They're all going to break and then nobody has any eggs.
"It's cool to me because that's what drives me. I'm so much better when I'm angry. I think that's pretty clear when you watch it on television. My stuff with Foley last week, that was a bad week. I was pretty pissed off the whole day. You've just got to put somebody else in that main event spot, you have to. It's positioning and it's perception. And I work my ass off and I'm the main event on every other show except for pay-per-views. So, yeah, it gets frustrating but that also drives me."
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