Here are the highlights:
What’s missing from today’s WWE product:
To me, and I’m not picking on today’s product, but I just think the spontaneity is lost. Braun Strowman has done some real cool things with displays of strength [and] turning sh*t over, stuff like that. That’s all cool. Sense of urgency is what I think is the most important part.
Turning heel at WrestleMania 17:
I’ve rethought that thing so many times. If I could call the audible now, I would have just told him [Vince], ‘hey man, I ain’t feeling it’ because here’s how I was feeling into that. I thought I was starting to flat line just a little bit, and I said OK man, a change is good and Vince always likes to do something big at a WrestleMania.
Well, I didn’t really have anything big there so I was like, ‘hey, I’ll turn heel.’ That’s what we do. You get hot, then you turn heel, and its even hotter. Most times, yes, but it has to be warranted and it has to be for a reason, and all of a sudden when I did that night, if I could go back, I would’ve said hey man, I’m calling an audible. Watch the stunner and stunned his ass and maintained my babyface run.
The creative input he had for his career:
I had a lot of control, and for the most part, they always put me in really good positions to do great things. If I didn’t like an idea, I would flat out tell you, ‘that’s bullsh*t. I ain’t doing that.’ They would say, ‘well do you have a better idea?’ I’d say no. [They’ve] got three hours for live TV, and they’ve gotta come up with something completely different for Stone Cold to do. I was always the first guy in the building. I was always the last guy to leave. I’ll work my ass off. If I don’t like creative, I’ll let you know about it.
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