On Mark Carrano informing him of his release:
“I don’t think he enjoyed doing it. I felt bad for him, and I was saying, ‘I have other things lined up, I’ll be OK.’ I knew him well and still think highly of him. That’s business. Not everything in life is a bowl of cherries.”
On his WWE career:
“As a performer, I will always be grateful to the fans. The fans made me. All I did was go out there and put everything I had into it, and the fans made up their minds. But there are other guys who need to be given a chance. All I can control is fan response, and the fans made up their minds very organically. That was based on my body of work over the years. I look at the WWE and professional wrestling a lot different than most people. If it’s an on-going TV show, what more could I have done as a character?”
“I have accomplished everything I want to accomplish. In the entertainment business, we aspire to entertain people. We entertain by our performances. There is an absolutely an athletic element to the WWE and the performances in the WWE. But I look back at my career and feel the spectrum of emotions I have extracted from the audience in a fairly short time. I can say it was a job well done, and now is time to move onto the next thing.”
You can read the entire interview here.