How does it feel to be a 10-year veteran?
It's really, really cool. Ten years is a long time. I always tell people when you're with WWE for a while, it starts to become the thing you've done the longest. It used to be, high school was four years, then college was four years, you worked at a certain job for two years and another job for another two years, then all of a sudden, you're here … for 10 years? It's a really weird feeling. I remember when I debuted; it feels like just yesterday, but at the same time, it feels forever ago. It's like this bizarre time warp. But I'm grateful to be one of the guys that's been here for that long.
You've had plenty of successes in the past 10 years. Have there been any disappointments?
So, okay. Okay. The Slammys. My first year. People have the right to vote however they want to vote, but I still have a little grudge with the fact that I was not named Rookie of the Year. In my first year I was Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion. I may have won the United States Championship that year as well — I'm not sure; if not, then very soon after — and they gave it to Vladimir Kozlov. Back then I was like, "How can this be? I've done all these things!" And you know, to each their own, and Vladimir is a great guy. I love him, and we actually got a chance to see him overseas a few weeks ago, and he's doing very well. But there's still a little part of me that's a little salty with the WWE Universe for choosing him over me as Rookie of the Year.
You're coming off of one of New Day's best years yet. What's next for you guys?
The next step is to keep climbing the ladder. Every year. I think it's been four years — which is crazy to even think about; it's been four years or almost four years that I've been with The New Day. That, legitimately, feels like yesterday that we were trying so hard and desperately fighting for our jobs to get on television. And now here we are with pancakes and unicorn horns and "who" chants. But we're always just looking forward.