The WWE creative team took a giant risk in making Bobby Roode a babyface when he debuted on SmackDown Live last year, despite a 'glorious' run as one of the top heels on the NXT roster.
Though Roode's run as a good guy was well-received by the fans at first, things have begun to die out slowly. He's not garnering the same thunderous cheers from fans these days, and some have began referring to the former United States Champion as "Lusterless."
Appearing on the Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia podcast (h/t WrestlingInc.com), Roode explained his discontent with the "Lusterless" name-calling, while warning the fans need to "be patient" with him.
"It fuels me, it definitely fuels me, but in a way, they don't get it. They don't know what's going on," Roode said. "For me, it's patience, it timing. Like I said, 'Timing is everything in the business.' and people can say whatever they want, but I came up here, I came up to Smackdown and had a great run there."
He then went on to name some of the top opponents he faced, include Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura. Roode also emphasized the honor of competing at WrestleMania and capturing the United States title.
Roode's run as a top heel on the NXT roster was one of the best things going on in the WWE, feuding with some of the top babyfaces like Nakamura and Hideo Itami. The expectation was that Roode would join the main roster as one of the top heels, and go from there.
But ever since debuting on SmackDown in late August of last year, Roode has continued to portray the babyface role. It hasn't been a colossal failure by any means, but it remains a curious decision for the creative team to not have turned him heel, when it worked out so well in NXT.
Even though he's not receiving as much praise from the general WWE Universe, Roode remains optimistic about what he's accomplished so far, and that the fans need to stay calm during his push.
"Just be patient. I honestly think if you work hard enough and you take every opportunity they give you here and make the most of it, the cream always rises to the top," Roode said.