This past Thursday’s Impact Wrestling was heavy on Aces & 8′s, but it had a strong Bad Influence/ Roode & Aries aura as well. Everyone’s eyes were on Bobby Roode specifically because of Bad Influence’s attempt to reform Fortune. How their story played out on Impact Wrestling showed me that Bobby Roode needs to be a singles competitor again and win the world heavyweight title… from AJ Styles.
“But Ric, Bully Ray is the world champion. Your statement is not making sense”.
My articles in the past have looked at AJ Styles being a sort of savior for TNA Wrestling by defeating Bully Ray for the world title and crippling the Aces & 8′s. This would result in the faction disbanding and a new era in TNA emerging with AJ Styles at the top. Every hero needs a villain and after the Aces are done, or when the Aces so fractured they aren’t a threat any longer, the world champion will need a new nemesis. That nemesis is Bobby Roode.
Bobby Roode is what a professional wrestler should look like. He is also an example of how a villainous persona should act like.
One noticeable trait of Bobby’s, as shown on Thursday’s broadcast during the backstage segment between he and Bad Influence, was his physical state. The man is in the best shape of his career at this point in time. Where some performers bodily appearance changes from fit to flabby to getting back into shape to acceptable, Bobby has remained constant. If he has changed his appearance from his earlier wrestling days in TNA, he has maintained his new image and upped his stock with his determination and positive workout habits. Cutting the long hair shorter took a bit to get used to, but even that has become his own look. His work ethic and maintenance of his body extends to his professionalism as well.
Before TNA Lockdown 2013, there was a bit of controversy involving Bobby Roode and his contract. Details were scarce but what was known was there could have been a chance that Roode would not have appeared on the pay-per-view had the contractual issues not been resolved. They were resolved in time and Bobby Roode performed for the TNA audience and fans around the world. In an interview, Roode confirmed that the issues had to do with his work Visa (Bobby is Canadian).
There were no rumblings of heated arguments, Bobby asking for more money or the office playing hardball (from what we all can gather unless something was missed). Reports released also claim that Bobby Roode performed for a while without a contract (the dates escape me) but he continued to work because he loves the business. He has not hurt anyone in the ring and helped “The Cowboy” James Storm become a main event player. Take all of these and the points presented in regards to his look and work ethic, you then have a talent that any promoter would be proud to have on their roster.
THE MASTER OF THE RING
Bobby’s technical skills are top of the line. The man knows exactly what he is doing and knows exactly when to do it. But it is his story telling and direction that provides fantastic pacing and entertainment value. During his first title run, I was reminded of another professional wrestler that has the same precision and technique in the ring and out (backstage interviews, vignettes, etc.). If TNA unleashes Bobby Roode the way he should be unleashed, we will then be witness to the coming of a Triple H level talent. If he hasn’t reached the starting point of that level already.
THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: BOBBY ROODE
AJ Styles collapses the Aces & 8′s to become world champion. Bobby Roode’s track record as match master and world champion speak for themselves. These men are the two best talents in TNA Wrestling today. When the hero defeats the villains and a new nemesis arises, Bobby Roode and the reinvented AJ Styles will tear the house down off of TNA and the Selfish Generation will rise again.
Sound off below if you agree or disagree. Until the next time: “Don’t hate the playa, hate the game”
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