In an interview with ESPN, Rusev spoke about several different topics including lessons he learned from The Rock and Steve Austin:
"The Rock taught me you don't always have to talk or move all the time. You can just stand there and soak it in. Let the crowd just do what they do. Looking back at the segment, I could tell what he was talking about. Austin actually punched me in the mouth so hard, he tore his shoulder. So he taught me to never punch someone too hard. I joke with him about it all the time."
On riding a tank at Wrestlemania:
"The tank entrance at WrestleMania 31 is my favorite moment in WWE. It's definitely a top five entrance of all time. Everything was just so perfectly executed. I rehearsed it the day before and had no idea it was happening before that. I always wished for years about a tank entrance in wrestling, and I feel like I manifested that at WrestleMania. I had to make sure I didn't burn my feet somewhere because I was barefoot at the time."