Q. How has the pro wrestling audience changed over time?
A. There's people like you, like me who grew up watching Randy Savage and Bret Hart. Those are the guys we grew up watching. Then there are the guys who watched them like Steve Austin and Mick Foley. It's funny how the generations really change and morph. You're seeing that on the roster as well. It is completely unrecognizable to 10 years ago. That's why it's this new era. This is a new generation. It's my generation. We're gonna do it right. We're gonna make these fans have a reason to cheer.
Q. How do you get ready to get into the ring?
A. The first part of my career, I tried to psych myself up. I don't think it's that good for you. You end up getting nerves. As I got a little later in my career, I started keeping it real loose and not getting in my head. I try to stay loosey goosey, you know? The only difference now is after tearing out my shoulder and getting surgery, I really have to warm up my shoulder.
Q. What's next for you after "WrestleMania" and "Payback"?
A. If you caught "Raw" the other night, the story between Kevin Owens and I isn't over. It might never be over. I do have my sights set on the Intercontinental Championship now. My heroes all held that title. It's a title I always dreamed of winning. Even after a long career, I'm really only just getting started now. It's crazy to think. I'm really looking forward to this journey. Hopefully the fans come along with me.
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