Here are the pertinent excerpts from his Slam! Wrestling Interview:
On the end of the SES: “I really felt we were going to capitalize on it. The agents always acted like they were into it. The creative people, I don’t know if it was a Vince [McMahon] thing or Johnny [Laurinaitis], not to go for it,” Hankinson theorized. “I had the match with Punk and then we were supposed to start the Roughneck babyface thing next week, and it never got off the ground. We kept talking about it. They brought Freddie Prinze in, and Freddie and I had some really good ideas.”
He said that he was going to be a babyface “doing all kinds of cool stuff that I think people would have really dug.”
On his Release: “I’ve not gotten to really break out, I’ve not gotten any good mic time. I think that if I do that, and I present myself as a character that people can sink their teeth into, there’s no reason that I can’t be right back in the mainstream and on national television, in the next six months or a year. I feel very strongly about that; you can call me back and tell me I was dumb for saying that, but I’m positive about it.”
For more on his future goals, comments on other released superstars, and reuniting with former partner Jesse, you can read the full interview right here.