SmackDown Live has gotten a whole lot more glorious after last night (Tues. August 22, 2017).
Bobby Roode began his professional wrestling career back in 1998 when he started training in Ontario, Canada. After four years of working the independent circuit he landed a deal with WWE and debuted under the name "Rudy Rude." After several small appearances over the course of three years he departed from the company before signing with rival promotion Global Force Wrestling (GFW) (formerly known as TNA and Impact Wrestling) in 2004.
He remained with the company until 2016 and had a great run as he won the NWA Tag Team Titles twice, the King Of The Mountain Championship once, the TNA World Heavyweight Title Twice, the World Tag Team Titles six times, amongst many other accolades.
Around 2014, during his run with GFW, Roode was allowed to work for other promotions while still under contract and did work for House Of Hardcore. He worked for them a bit more just after leaving GFW and would eventually sign with WWE. Roode was sent to developmental in NXT where he made his presence immediately felt.
He won the NXT Championship from Shinsuke Nakamura this past January at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio. Although he was portrayed as a heel on NXT, fans still loved to cheer "The Glorious One" on as his infectious character is nearly impossible not to like. Roode defended his title against former WWE Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre in the main event of NXT TakeOver III: Brooklyn this past weekend, in which he was defeated.
Despite the loss, Roode made his highly-anticipated main roster debut on last night's episode of SmackDown Live when he defeated Aiden English. During his debut, SmackDown Live commentator and former WWE Champion JBL made a comment eluding to Roode's past with his former employer and rival promotions GFW.
Here's what JBL said:
“Hit up the pay window, get you some Beer Money.”
That was a reference to Roode's days of reigning as GFW Tag Team Champs alongside his former tag team partner James Storm in the team "Beer Money, Inc."
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