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How he is feeling after rehab: "I feel great. I'm a lot healthier now and a lot more clear minded. I feel a lot better right now. I needed the break. I needed to do what I did and I feel a lot better now."
Attending a WWE sponsored program: "The WWE program has been amazing. They have done a lot for me and they continue to. I work with them still. They're amazing at what they do. They have had so many guys go through recovery and still are in recovery. We have a weekly chat every Wednesday night at 7pm. It's really beneficial for everybody."
Did he feel pressure to return to Bound For Glory?: "No. I didn't think I was going to be a part of it. I found out last week. I'm very glad I am, but I was supposed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and that was pretty much it. I'm very excited to be working with Bobby Roode. I think he is the best wrestler today and to have a match with him at Bound For Glory is going to be amazing for me."
What has he learned about himself through this recovery: "Basically putting God first. Realizing my whole life has been revolved around me and high expectations of myself and never really enjoying what I have done and what I have accomplished, whether it be in the Olympics or in pro wrestling. I have never really been satisfied. It led to a lot of depression and turmoil. It's about going easy on yourself and patting yourself on the back every once in a while, which I've never done. With anything it's putting things in perspective a little bit. What I do is a job. My marriage and my kids are more important than that. I don't think I ever looked at it that way until now."
What was it like coming back to TNA after being off for a while: "There was a lot of uncertainty. Thank God the company is still going. They're still kicking it in high gear, but hearing about the changes from the outside in looked a little scary. But once I got to TV last week everybody is still giving their highest performance and doing the best that they can. Everybody is working hard. We need to unite as one and try to make this a better product. I think we have done that the last month or two. I love the Dixie heel turn. I think that was awesome. It comes down to the writers in creative and the wrestlers really coming together and making it a full team effort."
Does he feel this is the most important Bound For Glory ever for TNA: "I believe it is. Right now we need a great show. We need a five star show. It's only going to help us. With the changes we have made we have to prove to the fans that we have the ability to have that five star show. We HAVE to have one."
What changes would he make if he was in charge of TNA: "I would have a better way of organizing things. I would have a lot more rehearsal. I would have talent come to the ring every hour of the day and just rehearse and go over and just ram it down their throats so that they have it right when they come to the show that night. We have been doing that. Have we been doing it enough? Yes and no. But I don't want it to become, and it's not in any means a WCW, but you don't want it to become where the talent says what they want to say and the story isn't going to go anywhere because the writers and the talent aren't really talking. I don't want it to become that. I want it to become more organized like the way Vince McMahon runs the show. That's how I was brought in and for seven years that's how I was taught. I believe TNA is going in that direction now."
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