His career in 2014 and his WWE release:
"You know, I think you have to go from one start off, getting fired obviously was a blemish, a negative thing, but only being unemployed for about 15 minutes was pretty cool, so I take that as a success. Anytime you go through a change and you can continue to do what you love to do and do it on your own terms, and I've been able to pick and choose what I want to do and become a fan of wrestling again and realize I do what I do because I enjoy it, not necessarily for a paycheck, but get to earn a paycheck. With having the new network, with IMPACT and Destination America, it's an awesome opportunity and it reminds me of back in the day, no one knew too much about CNN when it first started and look at what it became today, being on the forefront on something new and exciting is always a great opportunity, it's a chance to shine and do your thing."
His goals for 2015 and plans for the future:
"I have some goals, I'm in a PR (personal record) on my deadlift, I have some weight goals, I want to drop another 30 pounds, but it's difficult, because with powerlifting and dieting you don't want to lose any muscle, but I have some things I am working on. I have another movie this year and maybe some TV stuff. I set some lofty goals for myself and I think you have to. I think no matter who you are or what you do in life, you should set the bar high, that way, when you do obtain those things, you can say, I did this, but if you didn't get it, you can look an see what you needed to do to get there."
What he misses from his time in the WWE:
"I miss the boys, I miss the locker room jokes. TNA has a great locker room, so I'm kind of getting to know everybody, but missing guys I came up with like Heath Slater, The Big Show's long stories, Mark Henry's life anecdotes, TJ Wilson (Tyson Kidd) makes me die laughing, some cool handshakes and stuff like that, Tensai's deep voice. We keep in touch as much as we can and the fan interaction. I really enjoyed the reading program WWE did and I do miss those things, I think I enjoyed it and I'm able to dictate my own schedule right now and you know, WWE is 365 days a year and when you're in it, you don't think about it and when you're not in it, you think about, oh man, it's a Wednesday night, what am I going to do with myself and now I finally get more time to work on myself."