The current NXT Champion Bobby Roode recently had an interview with USA today where he talked about many things including his time in TNA, coming to WWE and more.
Talking about the WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels, who frequently works as a guest instructor at WWE Performance Centre, Roode said that there is no better person to learn from than Michaels:
“In my mind, there is no better person to learn from than Shawn Michaels. One of the things I’ve never really learned a lot about was just the emotion of what you do with certain emotions at certain times, so we talk a lot about the character development stuff, how to carry yourself and honestly, just everything, really. Shawn is Shawn Michaels. Every time you can have him in your ear and sit down and hear what he has to say is beneficial.”
The current NXT Champion also talked about how he was in a rut before coming to WWE:
“I was in a bit of a rut. Coming here has changed all that … With the company I was with before, we weren’t on the road as much. It was basically a television brand. … I got into this business to perform and that’s the most fun part about this business – being on the road and being in different cities and getting a chance to travel the world and do what you love to do. I just wasn’t getting that anymore. …”
Interestingly, Roode called coming to NXT the greatest decision of his wrestling career:
“From the moment, I got to the hotel (at NXT TakeOver: Dallas last year) and then to the arena and started to meet the NXT talent and see the production of everything and having an opportunity to talk to Triple H that night, I knew then this is where I needed to be and this is where I wanted to be. The greatest decision I’ve ever made in my career was to come here. All I wanted from the moment I got here was the opportunity. One year later, it’s been pretty incredible.”
Bobby Roode is currently scheduled to defend his title against Hideo Itami at NXT Takeover: Chicago this Saturday.