What did you do afterwards? Did you celebrate?
Of course we celebrated. What do you mean? We just made an impact that no one's seen in years. People still talk about it today, so [it's] pretty good. I don't know, there might be a reunion one day.
Well, I'm expecting it to happen.
You never know.
How do you feel about the way all those story lines involving the Nexus ended: the Nexus changes, the New Nexus, the Corre and all that? When it was all wrapped up, how'd you feel about it?
When it was all wrapped up, I just felt like there was a lot more mileage in some parts that we could have got out of it instead of ending it the way it did. Everyone said and everyone will keep saying that it ended way too soon. That's the story of Nexus: It ended way too soon.
You could be the guy guiding it. You could make any one change in the way the storyline unfolded. What's a specific thing you'd do?
We would have won SummerSlam . That's what would have changed. We would have won SummerSlam.
Back when you were tagging with Justin Gabriel around that period, there was also a following online about this bromance you guys had going. (See an example here.) Have any thoughts on that?
Ah, you know, there are some sick people out there. [I saw] some of the stuff that people drew of me and him — just the wild stuff [of] what their fantasies were — and I'm just sitting there with my mouth dropped to the pad of the computer, like 'Are you kidding me? What?' So yeah, you already knew that answer! I mean, come on. [Laughs] But yeah, there's some stuff. Some people, they really get into it, I guess you could say. [Laughs]
What was the weirdest thing you saw someone make or write about you?
Honestly, I really can't say that. Just use your imagination. I'm in a PG company. I can't really open my mouth that way. You almost reeled me in on that one.
Going back to the Legends storyline, you had interactions with all these guys who were really important to the business. Is there anybody that stands out to you that you had a really good experience with or even a really bad experience?
Honestly, the whole Legends thing leading up to Raw 1000 was honestly awesome. I'm literally in the ring with the guys I grew up watching. It was honestly one of the best things that happened to me in WWE. It was just one of those things like, 'Holy crap, I'm wrestling Vader. I remember when him and Flair and Sting used to go at it.' 'Oh crap, it's Sid Vicious. Are you kidding me?' 'Cyndi Lauper busted an album over my head, and that happened years ago.' It was a great feeling, and I'm glad they picked me to do it. But out of every one of 'em that I've ever worked, I would have to say Bret Hart [is the best]. Still today, he communicates with me, and he's actually a very good friend. He's helped me a lot with things to do, things I can't do, things I should do. He has a great mind and has done everything in the business. Getting in the ring with him was a childhood dream, too. I never thought it would happen, and it did. Putting the Sharpshooter on me in Calgary was just awesome.
Did you have any guidelines when it came to working with Bret since his health isn't so good nowadays?
No. It was all whatever, wherever the wind took us. There wasn't really nothing holding me back or anything. It was just whatever he wanted to do. I just sat and listened.
How about the Three Man Band? Who came up with that idea?
Well, I wanted to create a band leading into Raw 1000 to get the Legends back, and they said, 'No, we ain't gonna do that.' So next thing you knew, they came up to me a month or two later and pitched the idea [that] I was getting a band, and it was going to be Drew and Jinder. We love hanging out behind the scenes anyways, so we're going to have some fun with this on-camera. Actually, we also play good instruments, too. Jinder's an excellent drummer, Drew can play the bass and guitar, and I'm pretty good at the guitar, too. I have a lovely singing voice.
Are we ever going to hear a recording?