As seen above, Bobby Roode recently spoke with John Pollock of The LAW to talk WWE NXT “Takeover: Toronto” and more. Below are highlights:
If he needed a WWE run for his career:
Roode: “I think so, yeah. Obviously, starting out in the business, it’s been 17 years for me now. The dream has obviously been to be a part of WrestleMania, be a part of a big stage. I’ve had an opportunity and I’m thankful for my opportunities in the past where I’ve been and the companies that I’ve worked for. I can honestly say now that I’m in WWE, there’s no better place to be, there’s no bigger stage than being in the WWE, I am very grateful for the opportunity and it’s only been 5 months. If you would have asked me 5 months ago if I thought I would’ve had this much success so soon, I probably would have said you’re crazy but things happen for a reason and again, timing is everything. I have been given this opportunity with this “Glorious” song and it evolved into this really big thing and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Decision to leave TNA:
Roode: “For me, I got in this business because I love it. I love sports entertainment, I love pro wrestling and I had a passion for it for 17 years. Near the end of my career at TNA, I didn’t have that passion anymore. I didn’t love leaving the house; I didn’t love going to work. I loved being around the guys, you know what I mean? The locker room was always great but I just didn’t enjoy it anymore. I wanted to step away for a while and figure out what I wanted to do. WWE gave me this opportunity, I flew down to WrestleMania weekend in Dallas and met with some people and had some really good conversations. Just being backstage at the Takeover event and watching the Takeover event – from that very first moment, just getting a sniff of what it’s like there started slowly bringing back that passion. I really wanted to be a part of it all so I’ve been really grateful for the opportunity.”
If NXT has added years to his career, possibly walking away?
Roode: “I think so. I think this is the only thing I’m really good at so I don’t know what else I would do but it’s really rejuvenated me. I feel like I’m young again, I feel like I’m right in the middle of my prime, I feel like I have years and years ahead of me, you know what I mean? I’m almost 17 years into the business right now but I feel like I can go 15, 16 more to be honest with you. I’m just having fun and I have that passion back. I look forward to getting back on the road all the time and being a part of NXT shows, just being a part of it all. I got into this business for a reason and everything that’s going on right now with WWE and with NXT is the reason why I’m in this business so I’m having fun.”
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