On UK wrestlers that came before him:
"Davey Boy was phenomenal, just such a star, a superhero and such a great wrestler. I remember I just loved him as a kid.
"Regal is one of the most entertaining guys - and I think people overlook that with him. They forget what a great entertainer he is, with some of the best facial expressions in all of wrestling.
"And then of course, he's such a fantastic grappler - such a great, real, rugged style and a great technical wrestler."
On being one of the first guys to win a recognized World championship from the UK:
"So that's a very cool thing and something that I never thought would happen - because honestly there's so many great wrestlers to come out of the UK that deserved to be a World champion before me, that I never thought would be a possibility.
"It's not something I ever took seriously because I just assumed that someone else would get there first, honestly."