On joining WWE:
Well, the fact that you said I earned it, means a lot. I don’t want anything given to me. I want to earn everything that I have gotten, that way they don’t say I didn’t have to work for it. Being here has certainly been a blessing. You know, all the stories you’ve heard in the past, well, either they weren’t true or this place as changed because every expectation that I have had has gone above and beyond. I mean, this company is an amazing place to work.
On being WWE Champion:
Just like you said; I have been champion everywhere, but there is nothing even close as to being a WWE champion. It’s so world-wide, and everybody knows who WWE is. So many times I had a belt, or championship in other companies, and I was going through immigration, people would say, what did you do over there? My response would be that I was a wrestler. They would say, oh, you mean like the WWE? Every time, so now, I say that I am with WWE. That’s huge, and the one thing that you have to do–day in and day out is deliver, and that’s pressure to be able to do that, but I enjoy that kind of pressure. It keeps me active, and it keeps me young to be honest with you.
On a possible match with Shawn Michaels:
It’s not up to me to have those dream matches, it’s up to the WWE Universe to have those dream matches. Whatever they want, I want to deliver; and whether or not Shawn wants to do something like that, that’s up to him. I totally respect who he is and what he has done for this business, so that is totally in his court.