On missing WrestleMania and Royal Rumble this year: "I was obviously heartbroken not to be included at WrestleMania. There was talk about putting me in the Royal Rumble [in January] but when I missed that deadline by a week or 10 days, everything was put on hold [creatively]. WrestleMania just wasn't meant to be."
On Bray Wyatt: "Bray is an interesting cat. I've admired him for a long time. I think he's one of the most underrated talents we have in the ring and on the mic, if you can ever get the mic off of him. He's a huge man – it'll be hard to get a hold on him when I can't get my arms around him – but I look forward to adapting my style for him. I'm a big fan of seeing smaller guys vs. big men."
On how his goals have changed as time has gone by: "When I first broke in, I wanted to be the best technical wrestler on the planet. That was what I enjoyed, being in the ring in the moment and being the best athlete. When I was about 12 years in, something clicked and I realized there was more to it than that, the performance side of it. We all grow and change as people; that was just when my goals shifted and my career changed. That's where I am now as a performer. One day, it may shift again and I'll be doing backflips all the time like [fellow wrestlers] Ricochet or Neville, but this is where I am now."
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