On the atmosphere in WWE:
“The Live events are great to be a part of. Any time you get to watch a WWE show, televised or not, it’s a great atmosphere. The shows are amazing. I did my first non-TV show last week. I love being on the road. It’s part of what we do. I enjoy it a lot. You get to see the world and do what you love.”
On his dedication to the business:
“I’ve been in the business almost 20 years. As a kid, I was a super-fan. In Canada, hockey was No. 1, but wrestling was a close second. As I got older, I started to get a passion to train and learn, and be a part of it. It’s a part of me. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to sleep and the first thing I think about in the morning.”
On making the transition to the main roster:
“I think timing is everything. I have no regrets in my career. I’ve been able to make a name for myself and build my own brand. I have a following of fans. Being in the WWE is special; NXT was a great experience; being the champion and the face of the company was amazing.”
On his goals for the future:
“It’s a few months away, but WrestleMania is in the back of my mind. The ball is in my court. It’s what I do with the opportunity to see if I make it there. I’m just going to continue to do the things that made me successful and, hopefully, I’ll have a shot at my first Mania in April.”
On who inspired him and would want to square off against in a match:
“When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of Hulk Hogan; I was a Hulkamaniac. Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka; that’s who I grew up on — “Macho Man” (Randy Savage). As I got older and studied the craft, certain guys stood out: Obviously, Mick Foley and Ric Flair. I was a huge fan of Rick Rude and Arn Anderson. There’s many guys, many performers in the past who turned me into the sports entertainer I am today. But, if there was one guy [I’d like to wrestle against], it would be Mr. Perfect (Curt Hennig). He’s my all-time favorite.”
If you missed the debut of ‘The Glorious One’ on ‘Smackdown Live,’ we highly suggest going back and watching his debut which we have included below.
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