In an interview with The Daily Mirror based out of the United Kingdom, TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode discussed a various range of topics including TNA Wrestling going live over the summer, the prospect of TNA being on the road weekly, changing his overall appearance, the Ric Flair situation with the company and much more.
Highlights of the interview are below:
In regards to Impact tapings going on the road, Roode noted that he has a huge opinion on it and obviously he’s not the man who pays the bills, he’s not the wallet so to speak but in order for the company to take that one step further, he thinks its a necessity for TNA Wrestling to step away from Orlando, Florida and do their television tapings elsewhere as it gives the company a more professional look and a different look which will make the company that bit better. When asked about Impact Wrestling going live over the Summer, Roode noted that it’s huge and a win-win situation for the wrestlers and the fans as when you go live, anything can happen and it excites him because it means that he has to be on and when the camera’s on, whatever happens happens and he’s sure that anticipation applies across the board in the TNA locker room also.
In regards to changing his appearance Roode stated that for 8 years, people have told him how they’ve had to witness how dry and curly his hair used to get towards the end of a 30 minute match and it ended up giving him a headache, as it was certainly time for a change to look more modern, especially keeping with all the suits he wears these days.
The questions then switched to Ric Flair’s situation with the company and whether TNA Wrestling will miss him if he doesn’t end up returning, to which Roode stated that he believes so as Flair brings name value and having a legendary name around is beneficial, however he doesn’t think losing Flair will hurt the company fully, as they have a lot of talent and Impact Wrestling can stand on its own without Flair, however it’s always nice to have someone of his name around the building, as he’s always been a pro and a fun guy to be around and he’ll always be “The Nature Boy”. Roode then said that Flair has been one of his main inspirations and that he doesn’t know about the legal situation regarding Flair, nor does he want to.
The interview is available in full at this link.