"Glorious" Bobby Roode is finally getting his due as a professional wrestler thanks to his entrance theme, but it wasn't originally meant for him. After years of working on the independents and spending what looked like the rest of his career wrestling for TNA, Roode was given a chance to revive his career in the WWE and was signed to a contract in NXT. Within a short time of his arrival, he became the face of the promotion as their champion and after a near year-long reign with the title, moved up to the main roster and is now trying to make the "Glorious" gimmick as popular on SmackDown Live as it was in NXT.
Part of Roode's appeal is a theme song that fit his persona wonderfully. Immediately a favorite among fans, his entrance theme Glorious Domination has become synonymous with his character and the song itself has gotten so over with the WWE Universe, fans can't help but sing every note and cheer for Roode, a character who was meant to be a heel.
The popularity of the song forced WWE to change creative plans, and Roode is now on SmackDown Live as a babyface. This is not the first time a song changed the course of Roode's career.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Roode noted that he almost didn't use the iconic song when he debuted in NXT. He said of his song and how it's affected his career:
"It wasn't me at all, actually. I had a different song picked out. I was about to debut on NXT, and about a week or two later, as I waited for some paperwork to be finished up, I had a conversation with Triple H about the character and what I wanted to do. He came up to me that TV taping and said, 'Hey I've got this song that we have, and I think it kind of fits your character a little better, so why don't you have a listen?'
There are rumors the song was originally meant for Shinsuke Nakamura or another star, but Triple H just didn't see the fit. When The Game then approached Roode about it, he asked Roode to have a listen.
Roode didn't like the song at first, but the more he played it, the more it began to grow on him. He admits it was a gamble (the song is so different than most other themes), but it's worked out gloriously.
How Roode now does as a babyface character in the WWE is uncertain. He'll be facing off against Dolph Ziggler this Sunday at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view and he's made his WWE career on being an arrogant heel. Ziggler meanwhile is playing a character who absolutely hates the fact that wrestlers are getting popular because of their entrances. Both new gimmicks to the WWE, someone will have to lose.
Roode's ultimate goal is to make it to WrestleMania and it's clear by how well he's been received, he'll be on the WWE's flagship pay-per-view. In what capacity, no one, except maybe the WWE, knows. But as we've seen from the WWE when it comes to Roode, anything can change last minute.