Bobby Roode Talks Career Highlights, Kurt Angle, Wrestle-1 & More
TNA star Bobby Roode recently spoke to GiveMeSport.com about some of the changes going on right now in TNA and a lot more. Below are the highlights.
The changes in TNA:
“There are a lot of changes going on right now. I believe these changes have been a good thing. Lockdown was a really solid pay-per-view event and TNA is moving in a positive direction.”
His rivalry with Kurt Angle:
“Kurt was a guy that I wanted to wrestle against for a very long time. To me, Kurt’s possibly the greatest professional wrestler that’s ever been in this business.
He’s a little older now, a little bit worn down, but Kurt Angle is Kurt Angle and he’ll go out there every single night and outperform everybody. I knew I had my hands full, I knew I had to go out there and I had to step up and bring myself up to a Kurt Angle level. I think I did that and he and I had some great matches. I was disappointed with the way it ended. I was hoping that we could continue on and have at least one more match together. We were both hoping that we would have an Iron Man match, but with his knee injury it just didn’t happen. Hopefully it will happen somewhere down the road.”
His current feud with Bully Ray:
“I have a lot of respect for Bully [off-screen]. As two former World Champions and guys that have helped carry this company for a long while, I think that when we clash there’s going to be some very entertaining matches and a very entertaining storyline, so I’m looking forward to it.”
TNA’s partnership with Wrestle-1:
“For me personally it’s extremely exciting. I’m a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, the culture, the wrestling fans, and the style of wrestling over there.”
“I had the opportunity to go over there and be a part of the first show that we did together a couple of weeks ago, in Tokyo. It was a lot of fun and I think it was great for both companies. I think moving forward it’s going to be a very positive thing. Sanada, our current X Division Champion, is super talented and a guy that the North American wrestling fans, and the fans all over the world, including in the UK, are going to find very exciting and a guy they’re going to want to get behind and cheer for. He brings a different style, he’s very innovative, and I think he’s got a very big future here.”
TNA’s annual UK tour:
“Every year they get better and better. This year was a great tour for the company and a great tour for me personally. I don’t think everybody knows exactly how much goes into those shows, especially when you do it all in three consecutive days.
It was a grind but I think they came off very successfully. We’re going back again next year and that’s something everyone always looks forward too, so hopefully we’ll be able to make it even better.”
His career highlights:
“Obviously winning the World Heavyweight Championship is right up there, probably at the top of the list, and also being successful in tag team wrestling. Just being a successful wrestler period and being able to put my name in the same sentence with Kurt Angle and being able to perform with Hulk Hogan and guys like Sting and Jeff Hardy – the highlights continue to keep coming in. My career isn’t even half over yet, I feel like I’ve got a lot of good years left so hopefully those highlights can still keep coming in.”
His dedication to wrestling and his future:
“The one thing I can say personally is that I still continue to want to learn, I continually want to get better, I still study matches from the past. Even matches that are going on right now, like in Japan, I want to just keep getting better and better and that’s what I like to think separates me from everybody else. I want to become a World Champion again, and to prove why I was the greatest World Champion that this company has ever had. I want to continue to have great matches, to continue to entertain the fans. I want to help bring in new fans to this company and make the TNA brand grow to be bigger and better.”