Many WWE legends have been outspoken about your role within WWE, including Stone Cold Steve Austin who has stated it’d be best for you to turn on the fans that have turned on you. We’ve seen what you can do in NXT in such a role, so have you considered that possibility at all?
“You know, I don’t look at it as turning on the fans, because I don’t think they have turned on me. I still have a really large fan base and supporters that dig what I do. They love my matches and are entertained by my segments. For me, I think I need to stick with what I have been doing. We live in a world where everybody has an opinion and an opportunity to voice their opinions so it becomes a very critical era that we live in. For me, I know who I am, where I want to go, so I am just going to stick to my guns and keep doing what I am doing. It’s making for a loud reaction and that’s all that matters.”
You’ve enjoyed a ton of individual success over the past couple years, but you were also part of one of the best and most popular stables of all time in The Shield. It seems like most groups inevitably get back together at some point in wrestling, but do you expect a Shield reunion down the line and is that something that would even interest you now that you’ve established yourself as a top star individually?
“I’ll always hold the Shield close to the heart. I think we can all say that’s the vehicle that got us out of the warehouse. We spent many hours in that hot, Tampa warehouse trying to get to this point. I definitely one day would want to do it but I don’t see it anytime soon. I think that’s what makes the Shield different is we all broke out and were able to maintain the level of success that we had within the group but now we are doing it as individuals. It’s really nice to be the quarterback out there. You don’t always have to worry and coordinate with everybody else. You just go out there, do your thing, beat some ass, and go home. I always enjoy that part of it. I think the Shield was so special that one day we will have to get it back together.”
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