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Your beard has become a big part of your character. Did you foresee that happening when you started growing it?
No. Absolutely not. I just started growing my beard because I was tired of shaving. Then I kept growing it, so I could grow out the hair on the top of my head. When you have a shaved head and you start growing out your hair, it goes through that awkward stage. I was like, 'If I keep growing out my beard, nobody's even going to notice that I'm growing out my hair.' And true to form, nobody did until it was past the awkward stage because everyone was looking at my really awkward beard. [Laughs.]
How much maintenance does it require?
I don't do anything to it, other than I do have to trim my mustache. The rest, I literally let it freely grow. Brie ... loves the beard, but she thinks that it's time to start trimming some of the sides and stuff.
Will you have to shave it for the wedding?
It'll be interesting to see if she wants me cleanshaven for the wedding or not. I don't know if I could shave my beard right now if I wanted to. We're filming SmackDown
tonight. Imagine if I just showed up to the arena tonight cleanshaven, how mad everyone would be. [Laughs.] It's no longer something that I can control myself. I have to accept that this is what I am.
I would figure that you'd eventually have to shave it on TV.
Right. If it's gonna go, it's gotta go on TV, I think.
Have you reached the level of a bus guy yet?
No, and I don't know how you get to the level of being a bus guy. I do OK, but I'm somebody who saves my money. It's hard to justify that expense. Think of this: You're renting a bus and a driver to take you around 200 days a year. When you're trying to compute the cost of what that might be, it's very, very expensive. For me, I've been working most of my career not making very much money. [Laughs.] And I've been wrestling for about 14 years now. So I need to be able to save for retirement. I don't have any other job skills. I've been wrestling since I was 18. This is it.