On his WWE departure: "I guess I was annoyed, now I'm just fired up. I have an opportunity to be the biggest wrestler outside of the WWE and I won't be happy unless I'm a big brand. It's not a case of if I'll be back with the WWE, it's a case of when. It was a shock because I was already booked to continue performing on TV and touring all over the world."
On whether his problems with Taryn Terrell hurt his standing in the company: "There are always behind-the-scenes politics in any job. I pride myself on being a nice guy and hope the things that have been blown way out of proportion didn't hurt me and my career. A lot of what you hear and see on the internet is nonsense. A lot of people are really vocal about my talent – and that's what's most important."