"I don't see how you could not take that as a compliment. He was a legend and a hall of famer. He was a guy who stirred the pot and drew a good amount of money. I feel like I haven't really done anything yet. Not that I'm holding back — right now I'm just working as hard as I can in the role that I'm in. I still feel like I have a LOT of stuff in my back pocket that when the opportunity strikes … there's a lot more to me than people have seen yet."
"We feel like we're [The Shield] the backbone of the company. We go out there every night and show off the work ethic that rubs off on everybody we work with. We go out there every night to have the best national show — whether it's one or two matches, you got to work twice or whatever it is — we never take a night off."
"I really want to get past that stage in my life. I'm trying to put that part of my life behind me. I want to produce and direct. I want to work behind the scenes. Let the guys like CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, The Shield do it and get to that next level. It's not about me anymore. I understand that first and foremost. Don't try to fool myself that I can still hang with these guys because they can run circles around me. Over a period of time anyway, I can hold my own for one night. It's about these guys and the young guys. It's about WWE and the superstars and looking at WrestleMania, looking at it 15 years from now. Who is going to be that big superstar? What superstars will be created in that time? The evolution of life goes and goes and never stops. You have to be prepared for that. Thank God I have been preparing that for many years."
While he repeatedly attempted to hide his condition from the company, Jerry Lawler was sent to the hospital from Monday Night Raw to be checked on. His son, Brian Christopher, was the one that alerted management, who then forced the commentator to leave.