Bobby Roode is finally on the main roster of the WWE, and some big plans could be in store for him moving forward.
"The Glorious One" began his professional wrestling career back in 1998 when he started working the independent circuit in Ontario, Canada. In 2001 he signed with WWE and competed under the name Rudy Rude and made some sporadic appearances over the course of three years. He departed from the company in 2004 and decided to sign with rival promotion Global Force Wrestling (GFW) (formerly known as TNA or Impact Wrestling), where he had an extremely successful career.
Roode racked up two NWA Tag Team Title wins, a King Of The Mountain Title reign, two TNA World Heavyweight Title wins, six TNA Tag Team Title wins, and a slew of more accomplishments with the promotion.
After leaving GFW in 2016 he did some work for the House Of Hardcore before signing with WWE. Roode was sent to developmental in NXT where he made an immediate impact. He won the NXT Championship from Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio back in January and established himself as the face of the brand.
This past weekend (Sat. August 19, 2017) in the main event of NXT TakeOver III: Brooklyn, Roode dropped his NXT Title to former Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre. Shortly after the match reports surfaced indicating that all NXT talents from the show had returned to Florida - except Roode, sparking speculation that he could be making his main roster debut soon.
On last night's (Tues. August 22, 2017) episode of SmackDown Live, "The Glorious One" finally made his debut when he defeated Aiden English in one-on-one competition. It was noted by Pro Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin that Roode will no be portrayed as a babyface on SmackDown Live after having played a heel over on NXT:
Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Melter later reported that WWE is extremely high on Roode and have big plans for him moving forward. It is expected that "The Glorious One" will be a top contender on Tuesday nights, possibly contending for the WWE Championship down the line.
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