A few excerpts.
On coming back after the retirement at WrestleMania 24 and if it took a lot of convincing:
Not really. I missed the business and I was extremely loyal to the WWE and extremely loyal to Shawn and, of course, to Vince (McMahon) for the time that they gave me. You know, I said what the hell, I'm bored. I'm tired of signing autographs. I'd rather be wrestling inside the ring than signing autographs. But I did call Shawn Michaels and told him what I was doing because that was a great moment for both of us and, of course, the personal relationship. I didn't want him to think that I was walking around being a great moment but he said Ric, it's your life and it's what you like doing. You've got the health in place, go do it. It was that brief, that short and that's all I had to hear.
On TNA taking the next step:
I'm actually not involved in that equation. Obviously, I hear conversations and people talking about it. But it's going to take a year or two and it takes effort from Spike as much as from the wrestlers. The biggest problem is one key word: it's called awareness. I hear more and more about TNA every day but when I first started six months ago, people had no idea I was even wrestling again. It's just an awareness issue. It's no fault of the promotion. It's no fault of lack of work or work ethic. It's just the budget is different there and they've got to earn their stripes as they go but they got marching orders and the guys are working hard. It's just a matter of time. I think it's a year away.