On fan support changing WWE's plans for him: "It was actually a very nice surprise and I think the people's support of me is the reason why I'm in the position now with this match with C.M. Punk on Sunday. I don't know what their plans were for me after I lost to Sheamus in 18 seconds, but I don't think it was this. Because people have been so behind me both positively and negatively, it's really pushed me to the next level."
On timing being a factor in his career: "It's interesting because sometimes people will ask me my advice on how to get to the top. I tell them for me, one it was a lot of hard work, there is lots of people who work really hard. You know who is awesome and never has gotten a break? Tyson Kidd. He is unreal. But, for me it's been a lot of luck and being in the right place at the right time. If I had to come to the WWE in 2005, there would be a good chance I would be stuck at the bottom and never had gotten the opportunities that I have right now."
On his ability to capitalize on his opportunities: "That's very important in WWE. If you get an opportunity and you are not able to capitalize on it, then you won't be able to get an opportunity for a while."
On people's reaction to him as a heel: "The dynamic between me and A.J. is interesting. She is such a sympathetic character to get behind. It's funny because my mom watches it and she is like, 'My son, why would you say that to that sweet young girl?' (Bryan laughs) Then, my mom would say, 'I did not raise you to treat women like that.' I'm like, 'Oh c'mon! (Bryan laughs)"