Below are some highlights from the interview:
On his perceptions of WWE:
“My expectations of the WWE before I entered the company [compared to] now, I think those expectations and those preconceptions are vastly different,” said Joe to ESPN.com. “For the majority of my career I worked everywhere but the WWE. You come into contact with people who had worked there formerly and people that work there currently, and you kind of base your ideas on what it’s like there off of their experiences — what they share with you.
“At the same time, I’ve always been a firm believer in [that]… I judge and I deal with people, companies, based on our business — and honestly the WWE has been extremely professional in all my dealings with me, astonishingly so.”
On his role in “Transformers: Power of the Primes:”
“It was easy to throw myself in the character, it was fun,” Joe continued. “As a child, I think everybody imitates their favorite cartoon character in some form or another when they’re playing. To find themselves as a grown adult — getting that chance and having it actually become part of that cartoon is a real cool thing.”
On who he’d like to face in WWE:
“Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, Rusev — these matches that I think a lot of people would have wanted to see over the past five or six years, and now that I’m on SmackDown those matches have a real possibility of happening. I’m excited about it. A lot of fresh faces, a lot of new opponents, and a lot of good fights to pick, so I’m looking forward to doing it.”
“I think at this point it’s beyond potential, and it’s something that’s gonna happen,” Joe said on Tuesday morning. Hours later, he’d confront Styles for the first time on SmackDown TV. “People talk about the Kevin Owens/Sami Zayn relationship and how they’ll be fighting forever, but in reality when it comes to me and AJ Styles, I defy anybody to find two guys who have been battling against each other longer than us.”
They also discuss his rivalry with AJ Styles and more.
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