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Bobby Roode is Glorious thanks, in part, to help from Shawn Michaels

USA Today’s Josh Barnett had a chance to interview NXT Champion Bobby Roode ahead of Saturday night’s NXT Takeover: Chicago show. “Glorious” is the best way to describe Roode’s run in NXT but he admits that he had some help along the way and he thanks Shawn Michaels for helping him.

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.” He added, “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.”

Roode was always seen as a good wrestler that had the potential to be great while he worked for Impact Wrestling but things changed once he signed with NXT. He noted that he was in a rut until he made the jump.

“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.”

Roode will defend against Hideo Itami on Saturday’s NXT Takeover: Chicago on the WWE Network. As always, we will have live ongoing results here on

Click here to read the full interview on USA Today.


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