On his initial plans for his WWE return: "I knew Brock's plan when I agreed to come in and do this deal with Brock. I was very satisfied. If I had just done this run with Brock, I would have been very satisfied."
On his confrontation with Stephanie McMahon at RAW 1,000: "When I had the confrontation with Stephanie McMahon - and I know that there's a lot of people out there saying, 'Oh, everything Stephanie said she meant and it was real' - I hope so! I would want it to be that way. I wouldn't want it to be any other way because if she's going to deliver - and she delivered her message phenomenally - that's great. It's riveting. This is my goal. We did a segment on television on Raw 1,000 and I can't imagine that you'll ever have a career retrospective on Stephanie McMahon and not include that clip. If it takes Steph using her personal feelings about me to bring it, then bring it! I hope she meant every word that she said."
On being able to blur the lines with Punk and Lesnar between storyline and reality: "I think one of the luxuries I have been afforded since I have come back is the line has been blurred since Day One with me...Although it's within the realm of the storyline, there's nothing I'm saying that I don't truly believe in. The way I deliver the message is an asshole, because that's my character, but there's nothing I'm saying that I have to be scripted to say."
On being more of a silent, background player to Punk: "It's a whole different way for me to play this character. It's a new character for me. I've never really been silent guy. I've always been the one who does the talking for the monster, On this one, I shouldn't do the majority of the talking. And, it's a totally different way to play it. With Brock, I did all the talking. With Punk, it wouldn't make any sense for me to do the talking."