He was joking in that interview, he has turned down wrestling gigs since that interview and said he isn't a wrestler anymore as much as he wishes he was. In 2002 it was different because even if he was old and battered he was still over as hell, if you listen to the reactions he was getting back then, then there is really no explanation needed as to why the belt was put on him. Was he up to snuff in ring? No, did I ever think he was up to snuff in ring? No, as an entertainer and a sports entertainer did he deserve the 2002 title win? Probably not, but he did win and lost the belt the right way, also he was super over so why not put the belt on him, it was what the crowd at the time wanted.