Regarding his knee surgery: “With my surgery, this being my fifth surgery, I wasn’t ready to come back at an early stage, so I waited and I waited and I waited until the thing got better,” he said. “And still, to this day, I don’t feel that my knee is at 100 per cent. I can’t sit around all the time and just wait until it gets to 100, because it’s not going to get to a 100. Once you get cut, and this being the fifth time, it’s never going to be the same. So I have to learn how to suck it up and do what I do best, do what I love to do — wrestle, perform.”
On whether or not Triple Hâ<80><99>s return took away from his: “No, I mean, there’s fans for Triple H and fans for Rey Mysterio. And again, there’s fans that like both of us. I think it was put in the right place, the way they advertised me, me representing Smackdown and Triple H representing Raw, was good — totally different brands, overall part of the same company.”
When asked if the recent suspensions would give smaller guys more opportunities: “I think there is, definitely. Not necessarily smaller, but you have the Jeff Hardys, the Matt Hardys, that have never gotten the opportunity to be the heavyweight champion. There’s opportunity. And I’m not saying that there’s opportunity right now because there’s a bunch of guys that are suspended. No. I just see the talent in the roster right now that have been around for years who I believe deserve an opportunity to take that next step up the ladder.”
Regarding the backstage morale in WWE: “As far as the atmosphere in the locker room, we’re up, we’re up and going, man. There is nothing that can stop us from doing what we love to do. There’s a couple that are suspended right now. They’ll be back. Meanwhile, we keep the spirit up. We make the locker room fun.”
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