The difference a year makes: "It kind of just snowballed. I was given opportunities obviously I felt I took advantage of them. The people with the company agreed with me and I kept getting bigger opportunities which obviously cumulated in Bound for Glory with Jeff Hardy and winning the World Heavyweight Championship. Before that I was excited for the momentum I had and for whatever reason it came to a halt and now I'm trying to rebuild that and I think I'm slowly doing that and hopefully in a year from now, we are talking about me in the main event at Bound for Glory once again as World Heavyweight Champion."
Being a leader, professional, company guy and helping the X-Division: "I wouldn't define and say I'm back in the X-Division per say. Right now, I started a little something with Chris Sabin and interjected with him, a little banter back and forth and we will see where that progresses to. I do think I have always been a company guy and I think that my passion and outspokenness can be misconstrued. I never been a selfish performer, I'm always coming up with the best ideas for the company to succeed. It's never really been about myself and I've always prided myself on where ever you need to slot me in on the card, I can do that. If you need me to get the card off on a good start, I can do that. Opening the night out, I can do that. You need to give me a thirty minute, main event caliber match, I can do that. You need to put me in the tag (team) division, I can do that. You need me to go into the X-Division, I can do that. I think that was something that was important to me since I broke in; I never wanted to be pigeon holed as just this and just that. I want to be well-rounded and versatile as I can because that just means you are much more valuable to whatever company you work for."
Crowd reaction during Bound for Glory: "Absolutely not! I told the powers to be that's exactly how it would be whether or not I kicked Jeff Hardy in the balls a week before, they disagreed with me and well, I was right and they were wrong and I have a job there and they don't. Something too that I didn't make public at the time was for about four or five months before that and year after that I was dealing with an annular tear in my lower back and a bulge in the herniated disc in my back so I was battling through a lot of injuries so from a personal standpoint, I was taking a lot of pride in my performance cause the pain I was dealing with to perform at that level but when you have those limitations and create that kind of atmosphere and put on that performance, its satisfying and that's not to say that we all don't do it at some point in our careers, Jeff (Hardy) has done it at some point of his career, he'll do it again, I'll do it again, it's part of the game.
"I think one place where wrestling is progressing and needs to progress is that in life, there is not clear cut bad guys and good guys. Everybody is a shade of gray and we can talk about "Sons of Anarchy", well whose a good guy and whose a bad guy, it's a shade of gray and I think as long as you have strong, authentic characters people are going to gravitate to the characters that they can relate to and Jeff Hardy is a strong, authentic character and he's got his fan base and they are very loyal to him and I think I am the same way and I was trying to express that you can't just change that overnight. People that have followed me over a long time, they feel a passion and a loyalty to me and my character and the same way with Jeff (Hardy)and why turn one whole side against the other, it's just not going to happen. It's better off just playing against each other and everything is a shade of gray. Sometimes you wake up and you're a better person then others, some days you're in an ornery mood, you walk around with piss and vinegar, and other days you're in a great mood. I think wrestling should dictate real life and that's how it is. It's also who I am interacting with because there are guys like Jeff Hardy, he is universally loved and he is one of the last true good guy and baby face who the people just take to. When I interact with him, it might seem like I'm being more of a dick for lack of a better term. If I'm dealing with Bobby Roode, who is kind of a dick himself, now they are looking at me and saying: "Maybe I like this Aries guy a little more" and that's where the dynamics of the characters coming in. That's why when you have strong, authentic characters, it's how the characters and the dynamics of those different characters and not everybody is going to be playing the same role or being taken the same way every time. Every time I have got in to the ring with Jeff (Hardy ), I've always enjoyed it. He's so unique, one of a kind, we meshed together well and our chemistry just happened to click. To be quite honest, our styles out of the ring, I think we are a like-minded then people realize as far as articulacy and mindset. I'm a little out there; I view the world in a whole different shade then most people."
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