One of the hottest wrestlers in WWE right now has to be Bobby Roode, the former TNA World Champion who signed with NXT amidst much anticipation earlier this year. Roode, who has built up an impressive resume during 12 years in TNA, debuted in NXT during the summer, and with his debut came an entrance theme that has entranced the wrestling world, shooting to the top of the charts on iTunes, and becoming one of the most-watched videos on WWE’s official ‘WWEMusic’ YouTube channel by an incredible margin, with over 2.2 million views as of today. Roode sat down for an interview with The Sporting News, where he talked openly about his TNA career, the decision to come to WWE, and his now-iconic entrance theme. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On how he actually ended up with his entrance theme:
“It was funny … I got five demo songs sent to me from Neil Lawi who’s in charge of the music in WWE. I chose a song, it was the same song actually that Neil liked the most and we shot it up the ladder and it got to Triple H. Before this, I had a conversation with Triple H about what I was looking to do character-wise and stuff and I wanted to go back to the robes and the character I’ve portrayed in the past and who I felt most comfortable with. He liked it. I got to TV the next time after I picked the music and I was around ringside and Triple H said that he had another song that he wanted me to hear. The song that we chose, he didn’t really feel like it fit.
I was around ringside and I had a chance to listen to the song and it was obviously totally different than the original song that I picked. I listened to it, I liked it. I remember Michael Hayes being there, he listened to it. Obviously, he has a very creative side to him and he loved it. Triple H loved it so I thought hey, why not? Let’s do this. So, we did it and it just kind of happened that way and the song has caught on fire. It’s one of those things that just kind of evolved.”
On his time in TNA:
“I don’t really have a negative thing to say about that company. I was treated extremely well there for 12 years and financially I was taken care of. Honestly, it was just time for me to go. I never really got into this industry for the money although it’s nice. I’ve been able to make a career and support my family for the last 12 years doing what I love to do. But that was just it. The last two years of that company, I didn’t love it any more. I started to lose my passion which was concerning to me. I didn’t like being away. I didn’t like performing. TNA became a place where it was just a television product and I got into this business to perform and be on the road. There was a time in that company where you could do that. You could go on the road and do live events. I’ve always been about learning. No matter how long I’ve been in the business or where I’ve been in a company, I’ve always wanted to continue to learn.”
On his NXT experience so far:
“From the moment I walked in those doors, the passion came back right away. Obviously, I was fortunate enough in my first WWE experience was to be at WrestleMania in Dallas. That itself was pretty incredible, just to meet everybody and to get familiar with the NXT guys. I can honestly say I was welcomed with open arms. It’s such a great locker room, the great comradery, the talent itself there. I’m chomping at the bit to get in the ring with all these guys. Of course, knowing some of the guys there when I got there made the transition a little better too, guys like Samoa Joe and Austin Aries were there. It’s been such a great experience so far and I’m just grateful for the opportunity.”
You can read the full Sporting News interview here.
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