Bobby Roode, the leader of the Selfish Generation and former TNA World Heavyweight Champion joined Chad Dukes at TNA’s Basebrawl a few weeks back. In the interview, Roode discusses the state of tag team wrestling, Austin Aries, and his passion for professional wrestling.
Everyone here at Chad Dukes Wrestling are big fans of Tag Team Wrestling but it’s no secret that tag team wrestling does not get the focus it once did in the world of professional wrestling. Roode credits his start in tag team wrestling with helping to transition him into his singles run and connect with the audience.
I was a huge tag team wrestling fan growing up and then, even getting into the business, I was a huge tag team wrestling fan. So being a part of a couple great tag-teams, Team Canada of course, was what got my start here in TNA over eight years ago and of course Beer Money. That success as a team is something that I’ll never forget and it was a good time while it lasted. That kinda transitioned me into where I’m at now or at least where I was as the world heavyweight champion and I started my singles run that way.
I think it’s a lot of people connect more with singles wrestlers maybe, I don’t know. I think, not to to toot my own horn here but I think that’s what Beer Money had that was special, again you know that we brought to the table in tag team wrestling was we had teams to work with, you know the teams of 3Ds and the British Invasion and of course, the Motor City Machine Guns that really etched our name in some of the greatest tag teams of all time and I think it was the entertainment value as well. People were able to connect with us and what we did and whether they loved us or hate us they were entertained every night and that’s something that’s important in professional wrestling today.
One of the highlights of Bobby Roode’s TNA Championship reign was its ending. I don’t say this as a knock on Roode. Roode’s feud with Aries made both wrestlers better in my eyes. By dropping the title to Aries at Destination X, both men came out smelling like roses after a great championship match. Dukes asked Roode about his rivalry with the Greatest Man Who Ever Lived and their fantastic matches.
I think just chemistry-wise, I think we’ve had some great matches and we never really, before this program started with him and I, we never touched each other. We never wrestled each other before and I didn’t know really much about him and he really didn’t know much about me. The contrast in styles was something I think maybe people thought wouldn’t work, but I think we changed everybody’s mind. And I think if there’s ever an opportunity for him and I to go at it again, I think we’ll accomplish what we did, if not do things even better.
Be sure to check out the whole interview to hear Roode talk more about the mix of talent in TNA, his opinions on mainstream celebrities entering wrestling, and his passion for his profession.
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