Rusev recently spoke with ESPN to promote his match with WWE Champion AJ Styles at Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view. Below are highlights:

On possibly becoming WWE Champion: “Becoming heavyweight champion and holding the top title is on my bucket list. That spot is always getting tighter and tighter, but why not? A man can always dream.”

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On training for the biggest match of his career: “I’ve been focused and I’m in the zone. I’ve been training harder than any other day.”

On his current push and taking advantage of the opportunity: “It’s great. Finally being able to climb up all the way to the top. I’ve worked hard enough and done everything I’ve needed to do. It just feels good that I have this opportunity, and I’m not going to waste it.”

Check out the complete interview with Rusev at