Bobby Roode recently spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News about various topics. During the interview, Roode was asked if the landscape of pro wrestling changed when talents like Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, Eric Young and other TNA stars jumped to WWE.
“Yeah, for sure. The first guy that comes to mind is Samoa Joe. Joe and I, we have a long history together before he came to WWE and seeing him excel and succeed with NXT for the last year before I got here kind of opened my eyes to different things and go me thinking a little bit when my contract was coming up with TNA. I think it’s been great for the industry. I think it’s been great for sports entertainment, getting to see guys like Samoa Joe who, back in the day, let’s be honest, Samoa Joe isn’t the kind of guy you would see on top in the WWE. It just goes to show that this business is evolving and the fans have such a great input now. Samoa Joe had a huge fanbase coming there so I think it opened up the WWE’s eyes as well.”
When asked if he will be content with NXT or if his goal is to make it to the main roster, Roode thinks that NXT is a hot brand and where ever WWE needs him to be he will be there.
“The way that I look at it, NXT is such a hot brand. It’s probably the hottest brand under the WWE umbrella right now. It’s not viewed any more, in my opinion, as a developmental territory. It is but it’s a touring brand now and we have our own television show. If TakeOver is any sign, selling out the Barclays with over 15,000-plus people for an NXT event, it’s a brand and I’m happy to be a part of that brand. I’m happy to be a big part of that brand right now. Wherever my career takes me, whether it be “moving up to the main roster” or staying in NXT doing what I’m doing now, I’m quite content having my passion back for this business and doing what I love to do.”
Roode also talked about TNA and more. You can read the entire interview here.