Robert F. Roode Jr.
, known simply as Bobby Roode
, born January 1, 1977 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, is a Canadian professional wrestler
currently wrestling for Total Nonstop Action
He made his debut in 2004 as a member of Team Canada
, a group of heels
under the tutelage of Scott D'amore. With fellow stablemate and Canadian Eric Young he went on to capture the NWA World Tag Titles
twice and went by the nickname
of "The Canadian Enforcer" as he was The Dragon
of the group.
When Team Canada was disbanded he declared himself the hottest free agent in wrestling, being interviewed by many prospective managers (including Bobby "The Brain" Heenan
), in the end taking on Traci Brooks
as his manager. He also inherited a company from his late grandfather
and became rich (though it was never said what the company exactly was
). He then bought out former friend Eric Young's contract and basically treated him like dirt ignoring they were former two time NWA World Tag Team Champions for a long time. After Young won his freedom, however, he turned his mistreatment on Ms. Brooks
until they finally had it with each other and he "fired" her.
Come 2008, another run with a buxom assistant that didn't last long later, Roode was paired with "Cowboy" James Storm. The two went on to become Beer Money Incorporated, arguably TNA's most successful and greatest tag team. Beer Money captured The TNA tag titles four times, the last being the longest tag title reign in company history as well. Throughout '08 and until 2011 they feuded with many teams such as Team 3D
, LAX, The Motor City Machine Guns, and others, and they produced several great matches. However in time they both had their eyes on a bigger prize—especially Roode.
In October of 2011, Roode was facing Storm in a match for the TNA World Heavyweight Title
(Storm having won it two weeks ago against Kurt Angle
, who Roode had come up short against) and during it he got knocked outside and near Storm's beer bottle. After a moment of hesitation
he grabbed it and slammed it into Storm's head, knocking him out and winning the title whilst ending Beer Money. Roode underwent a Face-Heel Turn
as he turned his back on his best friend and become concerned with only one person: himself
Bobby Roode's title reign would go on to be the longest TNA world title reign in company history at 256 days. During that time period many people praised his promo skills and match skills, as his every move successfully turned his character into the biggest jerk in the business, with even The Rock
himself approving of him.
Roode has since lost the world title, gone through various feuds and title chases, gradually come to regret
and even repent from
his jerkish ways after being on the receiving end of mistreatment from Dixie Carter
, and finally retaken the World Heavyweight Championship after defeating Bobby Lashley in late 2014
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"It PAYS to be tropes!":
- Alliterative Name: The formal "Robert Roode".
- Bash Brothers: Was this with Storm and Fourtune.
- Borrowed Catch Phrase: All he wants from Lashley is "One More Match!" Said match would turn out much better for him than it did for the original.
- Breakup Breakout: Twice. Went on from being the breakout of Team Canada to joining another great tag team in Beer Money, and then became world champion (breaking up the team at the same time). D'Amore was right when he claimed in the group's final appearance Roode would be a future champion.
- The Brute: Was this when Fourtune was heel then turned into The Lancer when they became face.
- Canada, Eh?: A proud Canadian, where he says winners come from. Wrestling fans won't disagree. Edge, Jericho, Owen and Bret Hart, etc.
- Catch Phrase: "It pays to be Roode!"
- Also borrowed James Storm's during the Beer Money days.
- Composite Expy: Of "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, as well as Triple H and Rick Rude.
- Continuity Nod: When he asked Bobby Lashley if his real passion was "Professional Wrestling, or MMA", Roode actually wasn't referring to Lashley competing in both TNA and Bellatore at once, but rather Lashley's first TNA run, which ended due to his desire to focus exclusively on MMA since no one their threatened his wife the way Scott Steiner was. It becomes a much more loaded question when one remembers that angle.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Explained shortly after his initial heel turn and singles push: His grandfather died and left him a huge, profitable company, he did some smart investing and made it even more huge and more profitable. (It was never made clear what, exactly, this company does.)
- Between hiring buxom assistants such as Traci Brooks and Payton Banks, employing a one-night security team for Christian Cage, and supporting James Storm's Bar and Grille before they officially became Beer Money…yeah, still pretty much unclear.
- Crossover: During TNA's 2014 hiatus, he got to take their World Heavyweight Championship to Maritime Sports and Wrestling events, as well as to the World Wrestling League against Glamour Boy Shane.
- Divide and Conquer: His dealing with Bobby Lashley, Kenny King and MVP always saw Bobby Roode trying to create dissension in their ranks. MVP eventually called Roode out on it, insisting he would never be able to break them up. Roode wasn't...until he got Kurt Angle's help...and MVP overestimated Lashley's loyalty.
- Finishing Move: Many. In rough chronological order, Northern Lariat (lariat to the back of the head), Pay Off (fisherman suplex), Fujiwara Armbar, Crossface, and Roode Bomb (neckbreaker slam). Occasionally uses the RR Spinebuster to finish a match as well.
- Fleeting Demographic Rule: The way Roode used special enforcer Sting to retain the title at Against All Odds 2012 was an adaptation of Bret Hart's WWF Championship victory against The Undertaker with Shawn Michaels as the referee at SummerSlam 1997, except Hart's looked a bit more like he lucked into it thanks to Shawn hating him so much whereas Roode actively goaded and baited Sting like an evil genius.
- Foreign Wrestling Heel: In Team Canada.
- Fun with Acronyms: His Villain Team-Up with Kaz and Daniels from August 2013 up to February 2014 was called the Extraordinary Gentlemen's Organization (E.G.O.).
- Heel Realization: Seemed to have this in early 2014. Oddly enough, this was used to set up his next two feuds as a heel before he got his Heel-Face Turn a few months later.
- It's All About Me: Do the words "Leader of the Selfish Generation" really make it obvious?
- It's Personal: Before his latest heel turn, considered Immortal firing Jay Lethal, a friend of his, this. Resulting in him giving Hulk Hogan a major "The Reason You Suck" Speech and telling them its soon to be game over.
- One Steve Limit: Bobby Lashley was rarely referred to by his first name while in TNA.
- Promoted Fanboy: Invoked when he hired Payton Banks, who had already been waving signs in his support from the crowd and "stalking" Traci Brooks.
- Red Baron: The It Factor of Professional Wrestling. The Leader of the Selfish Generation. Was previously the Canadian Enforcer for Team Canada and the Wizard of Wall Street for his Robert Roode Inc. gimmick.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Storm's Red in Beer Money.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Other heels don't like him much, but are willing to do his dirty work and attack his opponents if he pays them.
- Shout-Out: If the name didn't give away the clear take on "Ravishing" Rick Rude, he's even used the Rude Awakening a couple times. He also has one to Arn Anderson, using the spinebuster as a signature move and calling it the Double R. Fitting since he was the enforcer for Team Canada and Fourtune and Anderson was one for the Horsemen.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Earlier in his career.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Has had this with James Storm in recent one-off Beer Money reunions.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Took massive levels when he won the title.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom / Create Your Own Villain: When Roode helped Team Dixie by capping off their career assassinations of AJ Styles and Sting, the worst people thought Roode was doing was taking out the heart of TNA in hopes of getting a title shot that was promised to him. Little did he know, he was also opening the door for an even more resourceful, cunning and heartless tyrant to come in the door and take Dixie's power for his own while playing himself off as the incoming hero. Now, a year after entering the company and months after losing his booking authority, MVP is still laying TNA under siege and making Roode's life miserable.
- Villain Team-Up
- Him and Austin Aries. They vowed to capture all the titles in TNA together, but it's obvious neither will let the other become World Heavyweight Champion.
- Quietly dissolved as the two moved in different directions in the Bound for Glory series, with Roode deciding to link up with the Bad Influence of Christopher Daniels and Kazarian.
- He hired Aces & Eights to take out Jeff Hardy
- Villainous Breakdown: Losing the belt to Austin Aries did a real number on him and he could barely form sentences without going into a rage. Even after recovering it took him two years before he could admit that Aries' victory over him was not a fluke.
- WHAM Line: To James Storm. If the feud wasn't personal before, he pretty much certified it with this:
- Whip It Good: He and Payton Banks had planned to beat Traci Brooks with leather straps, but Booker T was around and had been feuding for Roode for awhile so he ended up getting some too.
- Would Hit a Girl: He was not very nice to Miss Brooks, though at her complaints that he stooped to hitting women he did eventually hire "Miss Payton Banks" to beat Brooks for him, while he moved onto other things