Bobby Roode On Hogan Saying He Wasn’t “Ready” & More

Posted by Brad Davis July 3, 2012 9 Comments

TNA Champion Bobby Roode appeared on The LAW this past Sunday night to promote this Sunday’s TNA Destination X pay-per-view. The full interview can be heard here (.MP3).

Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

On his first singles run after Team Canada broke up:

In hindsight, I honestly thought that when I broke off from Team Canada, I was gonna get that push. I was starting to be elevated slowly; I obviously had that match with Jeff Jarrett, I had a run with Booker T, and I was right on the brink. That extra push, I think, would have put me through the top, and I think for whatever reason it didn’t happen. Now, when I got the opportunity to step away from Beer Money, I kinda remembered that, and I wanted to really make the best of the opportunity that I had as a singles competitor, and really stand out. Whether I had two minutes on TV or twenty minutes on TV, I wanted to be remembered. I wanted that segment to be remembered; I wanted to be the best thing on the television show; I wanted to entertain people, and really show what I had to prove. I think I’ve done that, and obviously being a world champion has shown that I’m able to be a top guy outside of a tag team. It’s been a learning experience, the whole thing has been a learning experience, and I continue to learn even now. It’s been different, definitely a different run than the first time.

The events during the day of ‘Bound for Glory’ last year:

It was interesting to say the least, but the only thing I can say is that obviously things happen for a reason. Looking back, if I had defeated Kurt Angle that night and went on as a world champion as the babyface, who knows how long I would have lasted? I think just the character change, and turning into the “It Factor” and the “Leader of the Selfish Generation” gave me that little bit extra, and obviously has done well for me. It’s not only helped elevate myself, but it’s elevated other people. It’s elevated James Storm as well. Like I said, everything happens for a reason. People were obviously disappointed. I was really disappointed, but a short time after that, it was November the 3rd, I ended up winning the world title.

Hulk Hogan’s assessment of Roode at the time:

Like I said, things happen for a reason, and things are said for a reason. It’s professional wrestling, and everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. I just took it as an eye-opener, and it did put a chip on my shoulder. When I went out there that night and I lost to Kurt, that pissed me off. Hulk’s comments, and losing that night on such a big night, after such a big build-up, getting the opportunity again on television to go out there and possibly be a world champion changed my focus and changed my attitude.

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    • Th_Mssngr

      What the hell is he on about? That heel turn was pathetic – if he’d been a face he could have been the company’s top guy, and I don’t mean just a world champion. Now he’s another boring heel.

      • mistico

        It’s called “Hogan can get me fired.”

        • KenFromNY

          Yeah, but it was Hogan’s greed that ultimately created that turnout. Hogan turned face, gaining the last big pop from the crowd, right? So then he takes the wind out of their sails by giving Roode (the babyface) a loss. This way, Hogan could have the last big ovation from the crowd, and he’d f*** over a much more talented Robert Roode to get what he wanted out of it. It’s crap like that in which is one example of why TNA sucks. And yes, if Roode did anything to disagree, Hogan could very well fire him. Why else is Kong/Kharma in WWE? Because of the whole Bubba the Love Sponge backstage fiasco. My point is: it’s either Hogan’s way or you’re done. So yes, it IS called “Hogan can get me fired”.

    • Shit factor

      wtf do you say. he as a face champ? against who? bully ray, double a maybe and that`s all. It turned out to be a f`n great heel turn. But now it`s kinda booring and Storm as next WHC will not be good. Styles, eventually Hardy, there is $$$. Storm hometown and Lockdown was bullshit crowd, bullshit ppv buys.

    • Papa Georgio

      Hogan also thought that Brett Hart wasn’t ready or worthy of beating Hogan for the WWF World Title, according to what I read on Wikipedia about Hogan’s departure for WCW. I guess Hogan doesn’t know best, he just thinks he does.

    • historian82

      I disagree with all you guys. People gotta relize Hogan is not a wrestler. He is in position of power in tna, and he has to make though decisions no different than dixie or Vincent k does. I dont agree with the way it was handled, but I never taught Roode was a believeable face, now he s the best heel in the business, and u can tell, he enjoys being a heel. So whats up with all the hogan bashing, i jus think sumtimes u have these internet and attuide era fans jus bashing hogan cause its become fashionable on the internet. And im tired of bret hart. He trashs hogan, for not losing to him. But shook shawn michaels hand, a man who lost his smile before losing to hart at wm13.

      • Th_Mssngr

        Roode sucks as a heel. And you want to know why we hate Hogan? He keeps taking the main spots that should be reserved for the young guys for himself. Even when Roode was meant to be the star of BFG 2011, Hogan gets the best spot thanks to his face turn, just completely pissing on Roode. If he stayed backstage as an advisor, he’d be fine, it’s when he interjects himself that pisses everyone off.

        • historian82

          I do agree hogan is a spotlight hogger. And he stole the show at bfg. But all im saying at the end of the day it worked out properly. If roode stayed face, whats the difference between him, aj styles, jeff hardy, sting, tna has too many faces already. And if he stayed face u cant tell me hed still be champion. Yea hogan does need to stay off tv. But I’ve seened a lotta faces in my day, and roode was nothing speacial out the ordinary. Wrestling needs heels

          • Th_Mssngr

            On the flipside, what’s the difference between him and the rest of the heels? Maybe he wouldn’t still be champion if he was a face. He shouldn’t still be the champion now as a heel. Roode’s boring as hell right now. “I’m selfish.” Yeah, that’s what most heels are.

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