I am an honest man. I've only done what I said I would do. I can't help it, nor do I care if you don't agree with the manner in which I have accomplished these things. You curse me over the brutality of Shawn Michaels and for supposedly "stealing" the title from Batista at Unforgiven and yet…

I have only done what I said I would do.

I told Shawn Michaels that he was going to pay for his sins and yours. And what happened? I damaged his eyesight beyond repair. I punched his wife in the face, albeit accidentally. I fought him in an Unsanctioned Match and I defended my title against him in a ladder match. A match that he supposedly "couldn't lose."

I have only done what I said I would do.

But he did lose, didn't he? He did, and now you hate me even more. You ask me why I've changed – I ask you why you've changed. I only changed because of what you did to me. You were the ones who stopped caring. You were the ones who put Shawn Michaels up on the pedestal and refused to look at anything other than what he told you.

I have only done what I said I would do.

I told you the truth the entire time. I have been the one here telling you the facts, but you didn't want to hear them. You turned a deaf ear to me when I needed your support, and now you have only yourselves to blame when you look at this man standing before you and wonder what happened. You are the reason I am what I am.

I have only done what I said I would do.

And now, you chant and cheer for Batista to take this title away from me, "knowing" all the while that there is no possible way that I could ever beat him - especially since there is a special guest referee stipulation. You have all written me off to lose again just as quickly as you did in the ladder match. Face it - you want to see me lose. You want me to be defeated. But why?

I have only done what I said I would do.

What have I done to you that makes you wish for my demise? I have shown time and time again that I am an honest man. Have you made your eyes blind to the truth as well? Is that why you refuse to see what is really happening, what kind of men I defend my World Title against? You ask me why I've changed. I haven't changed. I've matured. I've realized that there is no point in catering to you people. You hypocrites.

I have only done what I said I would do.

I will no longer jeopardize and compromise myself to make you people happy. Why should I, when you turn your backs on me as soon as someone else comes along that you like better – another "fan favorite" who is immortalized in your eyes, though he has done nothing to deserve it. Not nearly as much as I have anyway, or have you already forgotten

(I have only done what I said I would do.)

that the reason I came back was to "save us"? But you didn't want to be saved, did you? No. You simply wanted to continue on in your oblivious existence, cheering only for those people who made you laugh or made you happy. You refuse to cheer for me because I am no longer the funny man with the long blonde hair. You expected that man to come back and save you. So when I emerged as an older, wiser version of the man you once loved, you shunned me.

I have only done what I said I would do. You asked to be saved and I came to save you. You asked for a new champion and now you have one. The fact that what you asked for wasn't really what you wanted is of no concern to me. I kept my promises and because of that, I am able to look at myself in the mirror with a clear conscience.

Can you?

I have only done what I said I would do…because I am an honest man.