Bobby Roode Interview
With NXT TakeOver Chicago approaching, USA Today sat down with Bobby Roode ahead of his NXT Championship match with Hideo Itami as well as giving an insight into the 18 year veteran. They cover topics such as his transistion from “The It Factor” in TNA, to Glorious in NXT, what he has learnt from working with Shawn Michaels and the growth that NXT has experienced since his arrival.
This has been a learning curve for me,” Roode said. “It’s been a lot of fun learning and trying to get better. A lot of (the difference) is the presentation, but your performance has to match the presentation,” Roode said. “The ‘It Factor’ was maybe not as flashy with the robes and the music, but I haven’t changed my thinking; I haven’t changed my psychology; I haven’t changed my wrestling in any aspect. â?¦ But as far as the ‘Glorious’ character, the song itself has helped evolve what I am in the ring
In my mind, there is no better person to learn from than Shawn Michaels,” Roode said. “One of the things I’ve never really learned a lot about was just the emotion of what you do with certain emotions at certain times, so we talk a lot about the character development stuff, how to carry yourself and honestly, just everything, really. Shawn is Shawn Michaels. Every time you can have him in your ear and sit down and hear what he has to say is beneficial”.
From the moment, I got to the hotel (at NXT TakeOver: Dallas last year) and then to the arena and started to meet the NXT talent and see the production of everything and having an opportunity to talk to Triple H that night, I knew then this is where I needed to be and this is where I wanted to be. The greatest decision I’ve ever made in my career was to come here. All I wanted from the moment I got here was the opportunity. One year later, it’s been pretty incredible.The schedule is getting really busy,” he said. “The growth that we’ve had from when I first started here up until this point has been incredible. Looking at this whole year and then going into WrestleMania next year, I can see NXT being a full-time brand.
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