On the status of his shoulder: “It’s feeling pretty solid. I’m still a little while away from coming back, but it’s a whole lot better than what it was when I first had the surgery, trust me. When I woke up after surgery, I don’t think I ever experienced any kind of discomfort or pain like I did then. And, even though I’ve come a long way from that, I’m still going to rehab every day.”
On a timetable for his WWE return: “There’s not, no. I just have to keep going. Some days are better than others with my shoulder. I do have six anchors put in my labrum; I tore it in half, so it was pretty major surgery. I also tore my right shoulder as well, and even though I didn’t have surgery on it, I’ve been rehabbing both shoulders to strengthen the muscles around the labrum. My main concern is that I don’t want to come back too early, and then something happens and I’m set back. That would be the worst possible scenario, so patience is the key.”
On what fans can expect when he returns: “At this stage of the game, I’m just tired of sitting at home. I’ve been frustrated and impatient. I want to come back the way that brought me to the dance —come back aggressive, no-nonsense. I’m fired up and ready to go; I’m ready to take no prisoners. I have to go back out there and remind people who I am, and I have to show the new members of the WWE Universe what they’ve been missing.
Before I got injured, I was kind of spinning my wheels. Now, I’m ready to take back what’s mine. I don’t believe there’s anyone in WWE who is tougher, more determined than me. Sure, I got a little sidetracked, but I’ve had plenty of time to think and reevaluate the situation.
Now, I’m ready to just tear through anybody who stands in my way — I don’t care if it’s Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Randy Orton or Big Show. I don’t care who it is — The Wyatt Family, The Shield, I don’t give a damn who they are. I’m taking no prisoners, and if I go down, I’m dragging everyone with me because I want to be WWE Champion again. Ain’t nobody gonna stop me.”
Check out the complete interview online at WWE.com.