On trying to make WWE scripts work:
“I had to do that for years, when I had to do these stupid scripts. I’d have to say stuff like, ‘I’m going to eviscerate your skull at Hell In A Cell!’ It’s like, no…I’m not. I know I’m not. I know that there’s not going to be any blood. I’m lying. I’m lying to the fans. I’m selling this violence that’s just not going to happen.”
On having creative freedom in AEW:
“I was told, ‘Do whatever you want to do.’ I said, ‘We need thumbtacks, and barbed wire. That’s all. PG-13. Not the death match.’ And [Tony Khan] was like, ‘Cool. Sure. But, if I would have been like, ‘I also want a flaming brick, and I want a monster truck that shoots missiles.’ Basically…anything that I would have asked for–save for a chainsaw–they would have probably given it to me.”
On AEW not needing writers:
“We don’t need writers or producers, or anything like that. We know what we are doing. You’ve got myself, Jericho, Kenny, Cody, The Bucks, PAC, and Spears. We’re all at the top. If we wanted to be in WWE right now–we could, and make huge money. Any one of us. We’re all actively choosing to do this, instead.”
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