Busted Open Interviews Bobby Roode
With you being the TNA World Champion, you are somebody who is an original TNA guy. Is that good for TNA?
Yeah, I just want to comment quickly from the show on Friday then we can go on with the interview. I got big shoulders and I’ve been in wrestling long enough that I don’t need a pat on the back. Less than 48 hours from your live show on Friday, there was a wrestling show on television called Impact Wrestling. Our company has been ridiculed a lot and has had a lot of negativity around it and for the 1st time in a long time, there was something positive. You guys just failed to mention it. It wasn’t just a slap in the face to me; it was a slap in the face to every guy and girl that bust their ass every night to entertain the fans. You failed to mention the fact that there is a new world champion but you also failed to mention the fact there is a wrestling show on TV. I am a wrestling fan I watch all wrestling: WWE, Ring of Honor, New Japan wrestling. I have friends in those companies. I watch wrestling and I am a wrestling fan first and foremost. You talk about WWE in the 1st hour and you talked about it in a negative way. You talked about how the numbers are down and the Network and all that stuff. For the 1st time guys in a while, you had the chance to talk about something positive. You had an opportunity to talk about a World Title match on TV and which is something you guys talk about. There are not enough of World Title matches on TV and there was one that I was a part of and I thought it was a good match. It is not just about me, it is about every guy and girl I work with and the company I represent. But I digress.
How tough was it to keep your World Title victory a secret?
Our schedule is different, a lot different than was last year. I understood it if that makes any sense. I understood where our company was and what we were doing. Obviously, people found out but I'm glad people were able to tune in. I think Lashley and I went out there and had one hell of a match.
I really didn’t know what a tremendous wrestler Bobby Lashley was until he held the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. In our eyes, he is one of the most improved wrestlers.
Yeah I totally agree. I wrestled Lashley in TNA a few years ago but now he's very comfortable in the ring and the guys he's in the ring with. It makes a world of a difference.
How tough is it with TNA that you have no TV dates and no live events scheduled?
We're so comfortable being on the road and doing television and live events but now we that we don't it's a little bit of an adjustment. Everyone down in the office is remaining positive and hopefully something is going to come soon. So we have to do what we can to remain positive and just be ready.
On TNA giving more time in their matches with their wrestlers.
We were given a lot of time to go out there and tell a story. Overall, I think the matches are given extra time and in my opinion; it's needed. I'm an old school kind of guy. I believe in storytelling and psychology and it's hard to tell a story in 2-3 minutes. I believe every guy and girl can go out there for 10-15 minutes to tell a story and I think going forward that is not going to change.
On pro wrestling needing more passion and Taz showing that there is still that passion in pro wrestling when defending TNA.
Our locker room is full of passion. We’re wrestling fans first and foremost and passion is huge. Taz showed that on Friday. When you have passion for something; the matches become better. Everything becomes better when you care. It's good to be part of a locker room that cares.
Do you feel better being on Wednesday nights than a Thursday nights for TNA Impact?
I think Wednesday is the perfect placement for us especially during football season. I think it's a perfect fit; “Wrestling on Wednesday night.” To switch nights it was an easy transition and wherever we end up, I think Wednesday is going to be our night and it's a good night for us.
The support is improbable at the TNA offices. Taz listening to our show, realizing we’re not talking about Bobby Roode becoming TNA World Champion and calling us to set us straight. That kind of support has to be great.
Oh yeah definitely. Just to know you have guys that have your back-- when I’m done in this business and I hang up my boots--all these guys ask me in interviews is how do I want to be remembered when I’m done in wrestling. It's not about a five star wrestling, or a move or match; it's if somebody asks, "What do you think of Bobby Roode?" I just want respect. I want people to know every championship I won; I earned. I just want people to have that respect for me. The way Taz showed his respect for me on Friday, it really caught me off guard and I really appreciated.
On if all pro wrestling has to do well for the business to be successful.
I agree. Iif everybody succeeds, than the business itself gets better. Competition is good, especially for the wrestling business. I think TNA is an alternative already. I think it's just a matter of time before we get some momentum behind us. We had some great shows in 2014 and I think 2015, once we get on our feet and get on a network, I think 2015 is going to be a great year for us.