19. Bobby Roode Talks About Beginning To Hate Wrestling Towards The End Of His TNA Run
During a recent appearance on Edge & Christian’s “E&C Pod Of Awesomeness” podcast, former TNA World Heavyweight Champion and current NXT Champion Bobby Roode discussed his run in TNA and how he began to start hating wrestling towards the end of it. Below is what Roode said:
“The whole last three years at TNA, we stopped doing house shows, we did TV once a month, and we would do TV for four or five days in a row, but then you’d be off like six or seven weeks. And it got to the point for me, like, I was pushing 40 years old and my body couldn’t, I couldn’t go to work and be home for six weeks and go to work and be expected to wrestle twice a day or five or six nights in a row.” Roode explained, “on a normal schedule, your body callouses up and you get used to it and you feel good and then you go home for six weeks and you go back on the road and that first bump feels like you got ran over by a truck. That’s just how it was with me. And I didn’t get into the business for that.
You want to have great matches, but your timing is off and you don’t feel like you’re at 100%. And then saying that, I got in the business to be in the business. It sounds kind of backwards, but I didn’t want to be home all the time. I wanted to be on the road and I wanted to get those reps in and I wanted to be on all the live events. I wanted to kind of tour around and have that kind of schedule. And with TNA, it’s like I felt like I was just spinning my wheels near the end of it. And I started to really not like my job, which was kind of an eyeopener for me because I was never in a position in the last 17 years up until that point that I really hated wrestling and I really started to hate it.”
Roode then also discussed how he ended up appearing ringside at NXT TakeOver: Dallas in 2016:
“I ended up talking to Triple H on the phone about a week-and-a-half after leaving TNA, and then, just kind of it was like a 30-minute conversation, just kind of really laid back and just kind of told him what I was looking to do and he kind of gave me his two cents on what he was kind of looking for and hopefully that maybe we could work something out. Honestly, when the initial conversation started, it was like, ‘well, maybe we’ll just look at a three-month thing or a six-month thing and see where it ends up.’ After he asked me, ‘would coaching at the PC be an option for you to do if nothing works out?’ It was kind of like a wide-ranging conversation about everything and then I got a call a couple of days before WrestleMania in Dallas, Texas last year and they asked me to come down to NXT TakeOver the night before. I got there, talked to Hunter for maybe 5 minutes, met a lot of guys in the locker room, and then, they put me in the front row right before the main event started. It was wild.”