Ziggler on if 2013 will be his year: "I feel like 2011 and 2012 were supposed to be. I have at least two and a half more months on this Money in the Bank contract so worst case scenario I find a great way to cash this in and smash someone with a briefcase, win the World Heavyweight Championship, the lights go out and then I don't know a broom pins me or something but no. I'm really looking forward to, I thought 2012 was going to be my year and it was half my year and half not and that's fine it just makes me that much angrier to go out there and show up everyone else on every single card."
On the slippery slop of making everyone look good in the ring: "It is a slippery slope because mentally I refuse to let myself not do my job the best I can. I've thought about it, I've been pulled aside and go hey you've got to protect yourself. You're so good at losing that you may always lose because you'll be kind of okay. I go out there and I want the match to be the best. I put that first and foremost. I don't put myself first and foremost enough but I've thought about it and I can't. If someone's going to throw my into a turnbuckle I'm going to hit it one hundred percent and it's going to look amazing. I can't not do it so that may be my down fall but what the hell I'm entertaining the fans. If I'm this good at this I'm not going to let this go. I'm not going to let someone do this better than me."
On becoming one of the greatest personalities in the WWE: "I've never, except for a couple of weeks in OVW in a couple of tag matches, really done that which is great. What happened to this WWE Superstars look like movie stars and they look great? Now it's like we're going in a different route it seems with a couple of people like Daniel Bryan looks like a garden gnome, CM Punk looks like a tattoo shop guy, like I worked on this chiseled face and body and I was like I'm going to look like a movie star that's stepped out and they are lucky to have me here and it's like 'Oh we're kind of looking for a garbage man right now.' I think that I could be that face because there's just such an upside to what I can do and who I can work with. I can go on a movie, I can do a cross over show, I could go on a radio show, I can do whatever you guys need to have some kind of crossover appeal to someone else so I think one day down the line that's just going to have to happen if we hit New York enough times where everyone's cheering for me than we're going to have to try it out at some point."
On whether he wants The Miz's story for himself: "I feel like if I ever got the opportunity, he had like four or five months with the title and he was talking every night and people were booing him out of the building and he loves talking and he's good at it and that's his thing, I don't want to say it's his fault. It's just how things work sometimes and I feel we as a company sometimes take for granted the things that he can do, the places he can go, and the doors he can open up to all the girls who watched him on the Real World like ten years ago. I'll have a main event with John Cena for thirty minutes in Madison Square Garden and the place will go nuts and we go out to the bar and there are 20 girls who are like 'Hey Real World' and you're like come on. Really?"
Ziggler's thoughts on fans hating The Miz: "I wonder to just add fuel to the fire of everyone on the internet and hardcore fans hating on Miz anyway but if you think about it Miz wears really nice suits. I don't know maybe that's a good tie in. Miz is a really good talker, Flair's promos bring a tear to your eye if you're paying any attention and Flair's an idol of mine. He's someone for so many years who would just travel around the world, making the local guy look like the hero that he is and doing a job that no one else could do and I've always modeled myself after Flair in that respect so not only did him going with Miz make me mad even at the match we had a couple of weeks ago on RAW, I was like 'Flair you backed the wrong guy man. You should have came this way. I don't know how you didn't.'"
On his ability to get the best out of his opponents: "I pride myself on that. If I'm out there with Daniel Bryan or some kind of technical match with somebody, it's usually those guys having those moves and that repertoire. I can just adapt to things and make them the best. Whatever they do I can somehow add a little bit to it to because a lot of those guys have such great minds for the sport like Daniel Bryan and I hate him for but he does. Out there with John Cena, where you know you're going to get some yays and boos for Cena but are you going to see some awesome five star match? Maybe once a year. But we had matches overseas and just tore the roof down cause there's just so many different things that I can do to feed into what Cena can offer. It was some of the most fun couple of months in my life."
On if WWE should've kept his feud with John Cena going: "I don't know. I also was like wow this is really starting to be something and in certain places it's sixty/forty I'm being cheered, the guy who loses every week, to the face of the company like this is kind of fun we can have some fun with it but also it was time for him to start moving on toward The Rock, if that was going to be the situation, because I felt those two were going to meet up again somehow."
His thoughts on storylines being cut short because of part-timers coming back for WrestleMania: "I say it as political as I can, it pisses me off but when it comes to WrestleMania and all the hardcore fans and people like me who've been watching since I was five years old, we want to see people like me and Daniel Bryan going sixty minutes and cheer for it but you... (Continues on next page)