Bobby Roode Makes NXT Debut at UK Live Event
WhatCulture – After months of anticipation, former TNA World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode made his NXT in-ring debut at Leicestershire’s Download Festival in Donnington Park on Saturday.
He defeated Angelo Dawkins in a singles match.
Roode and former partner/rival Eric Young both left TNA in March after 12 years with the company amidst rumors that they were owed tens of thousands of dollars. Though Young has yet to sign with WWE, he did make an appearance at the NXT tapings on 28 April, losing a TV match to NXT Champion Samoa Joe.
Roode, meanwhile, has shown up on NXT broadcasts twice in non-wrestling capacities – first, he was shown sitting in the crowd at TakeOver: Dallas, and then he was seen walking in a hallway at TakeOver: The End.
Shortly after TakeOver: Dallas, Roode was advertised for the brand’s June UK tour, though his name was pulled from the lineup shortly thereafter in hopes of making his participation a surprise.
Though it’s not yet known what sort of contract (if any) Roode has signed with WWE, his repeated use suggests that such a deal is either done or on the verge of being made official.
We knew it was coming, but the biggest surprise here is that it happened at a non-televised live event in the UK. Bobby Roode is now officially a apart of NXT and WWE continues to stockpile talents. It’ll be interesting to see how this all shakes out once the brand split happens. Clearly WWE is loading up because essentially they are going to need three full rosters of talent to tour the country and fill television time. Where are the talents like Roode, Eric Young, Johnny Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa, Austin Aries and others going to fit in the WWE landscape? Roode is a guy who feels like he always should’ve been in WWE and now he’s finally arrived. What a great time in WWE and pro wrestling in general.