On his expectations on joining WWE: "I literally came to the WWE expecting them to not do anything with me or something stupid like Max Moon Two. If you're an independent wrestler and you've been doing it for years, you don't necessarily expect good things to happen because of what you've seen in the past. I swore that I would work as hard as possible and do the best I could with what they gave me."
On being famous now: "My life has changed in the sense that people know who I am. When I go to Target and see my own action figure, it makes me feel stupid because I'm not doing anything different than I was before. It's just that I'm on TV."
On who he liked working with in Ring of Honor: "Despite him detaching my retina and giving me two concussions, I really liked working with (Takeshi) Morishima in ROH. But my favorite ROH rivalry was with Nigel McGuinness. Nigel was signed at the same time as me, but he had some shoulder and elbow stuff that didn't clear WWE's medical testing and now he's out of the business altogether. It's a loss because he's great on interviews, in the ring, and really just a fun guy to be around."