Bobby Roode was one of the top superstars at TNA/Impact Wrestling for 12 years, winning two World Heavyweight Championships and formed one half of the beloved Beer Money, Inc. faction with James Storm.
Roode then joined the WWE in 2016, working in the NXT brand. He made his main roster debut on the Aug. 22 episode of SmackDown Live, and is now among the most beloved and decorated superstars in all of WWE.
But one of WWE’s stars is most responsible for having Roode join the WWE. Appearing on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, Roode talked about old TNA pal Samoa Joe helping him break into the WWE:
“I came in at a really good time… It was the year of the draft, so a lot of big names from NXT were able to be called up to Raw and SmackDown so a lot of holes to fill. That was when my experience came in and was able to work alongside Samoa Joe.
Joe and I had a lot of history before and Joe knew me and I knew Joe. He was one of the main reasons why I came down to NXT so I was able to work with Joe, Austin Aries, got to be put into matches with Nakamura and Finn Balor.”
The 40-year-old Roode began working for the WWE in 1998, primarily as a wrestler in dark matches. It was in 2004 where Roode’s career took off, joining TNA and forming the villainous Team Canada stable with Eric Young, A-1, Scott D’Amore, Teddy Hart and other stars from the Great White North.
Roode and Joe were among the top names in TNA for quite some time, but the company has overseen plenty of changes to its talent division. Roode, Joe, AJ Styles and The Hardy Boyz are among the big names that left the company before later coming to the WWE.
A former NXT Champion, Roode has yet to win a championship on the main roster. But with his ‘Glorious’ entrance and character, Roode is more than over with the crowd. It shouldn’t be long until he gets a bigger push, be it in the mid-card or as a main event superstar.
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