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James Storm Says He Doesn’t Know What Bobby Roode’s Character Is

James Storm appeared on Busted Open, which airs every Monday and Wednesday on Sirius 92 and XM 207 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Highlights from the interview are as follows:

Storm on his short TNA Title reign: “Like you said, it was a little bitter sweet, but it kind of makes me want it more now to go after it. I wasn’t really after the world title to say. It was kind of Bobby Roode’s spotlight moment with him and Kurt Angle and all this. I wasn’t told that I was actually getting a heavyweight title until like 2 hours before the show started. So, and to become the new world champion, it was a great moment, and one that I’ll never forget.”

Storm on Kurt Angle: “To me, without a doubt, Kurt Angle is the greatest wrestler to ever set foot in a ring, in a wrestling ring. I mean, there’s no one in professional wrestling that can out-wrestle Kurt, and always when I’m trying to put a story together, that’s one of the things that I put in there; that I cannot out-wrestle Kurt. I’m not gonna’ try it. I won’t go in there and try to take my fist and stick it to the back of his head as hard as I can. So, if it’s done right, I think me and Kurt can definitely be one of the feuds of the year.”

Storm on tweeting: “To me, it’s one of those things that I really wasn’t thinking I guess because I was so overwhelmed of me winning the world title that I don’t think…I don’t want to say that didn’t care that I got in trouble. But at the time,, that was my moment, and already you had all kinds of spoilers out saying that I won the world title, and all this. So, they already knew that I won the world title basically. So, I’m going to just say, “Hey, tune in this Thursday to see me win the world title, and enjoy this moment with me.” Instead of saying, “Hey, tune in to see if I win the world title.” It was the biggest ratings, and that’s kind of what I was trying to get at is, yeah I Tweeted, I won the world title, but I didn’t Tweet out how I won it, what happened during, after the match or anything like that. It was Tweeted, “Hey, tune in because I won the world title.” Even though I kind of ruined the surprise for some people, but like you said, I think people wanted to tune in to see it happen.”

Storm on Bobby Roode’s character: “My character…I have character. I have a character that a lot of people can relate to. A guy who drinks beer, and goes out hunting, and fishing, and just hangs out at the bar, and has a good time. Like you said, Walmart, Nascar, it’s all that character fit into one, which looking at Bobby Roode, who is Bobby Roode? What exactly is Bobby Roode besides being jacked? I mean, I don’t know what definition of a character you’d give him? Growing up, wrestling had characters, and I think that’s what wrestling today is missing. They don’t really have the flashy characters they did back then. You had the Jake Roberts, and you had The Macho Man. Even Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior. All of those guys were different characters. It seems like today all the wrestlers are almost the same. They’re like the same build, and they wrestle the same, and all this. So, it’s kind of hard to find a unique character.”

  • lobo-tony


    You’re right of course, but just to pick up on something- I can’t be the only one who thinks Cody is becoming more generic by the week, kneepads and all.

  • Devil_Rising


    That is PRECISELY my point. The one thing I loved about the “New Generation” era in the early to mid 90s, BEFORE “Attitude” took over, were the awesome (albeit sometimes cheesy) characters. I’d rather have cheesy than generci, jacked up guys. I even miss the “fat guy” wrestlers.

    But seriously, Bret Hart, HBK, Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect, Diesel, The Undertaker, Bam Bam Bigelow, Vader, Tatanka, Yokozuna, Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo), The Headshrinkers, the LOD, Luna Vachon, Alundra Blaze, the 123 Kid, Sycho Sid, hell even Doink the Clown….all characters that fans remember, even to this day.

    How many of these clowns, besides TOP guys like Cena and Orton, are people really going to remember in 10, 20 years? Sure, there’s still guys like Christian, CM Punk, R-Truth, etc., but how many of these guys like Brodus Clay, or Mason Ryan, or Alex Riley, or Dolph Ziggler, or Drew McIntyre, and Wade Barret, etc. etc. etc., are people honestly going to remember? Is anyone even going to care about the Nexus 10 years from now? I doubt it.

    Like I said before, even 4-5 years ago, WWE still had good CHARACTERS on their roster. Like The Hurricane, like Carlito, like MVP, like the Mexicools, like London & Kendrick, Kane and Undertaker full-time, the Highlanders, etc. etc. It’s just gotten a whole lot more boring and generic lately. They really need to have guys be characters again, not just jacked up guys with incredibly dumb ring names.

  • MJ

    its like mr. perfect, razor ramon, brain pillman are all different you can set them apart and know that none of them are the same characther they were different which made them awesome.

    John cena, randy orton, alberto del rio These guys are all different yet they are boring and and nobody really cares about them because they’ve gone stale easily!

  • Devil_Rising

    No offense, but yeah, as if being a “Wal-Mart, Nascar, hunting, fishing, beer drinking guy” is a great, standout character. Just being a redneck isn’t any much more of a “character” than what Roode is.

    He’s right that there used to be a lot more characters. Hell, even just a few years ago, you had some GREAT characters in WWE, like Hurricane, like MVP, like Carlito, like Shelton Benjamin, like Jericho. Now? There’s only a few real “characters” left.

  • ice cream bar SUPERstar

    well said.
    Thats one reason why Zack ryder is getting over. Love him or hate him at least he has a gimmick that stands out from the pack and fans know what he’s about.

  • poko

    Yeah, I agree with Storm. Wrestling needs to get a little more over the top with its characters again. Guys now are being thrown out there to sink or swim on the strength of their own personalities, and it’s often a waste of talent. Cody Rhodes was boring before he developed an over the top character.

    People like when performers are defined in simple terms, so they can associate with them, or stand firm against them, with no confusion or complexities. We’re only given a few minutes to get to know these guys through promos, so it’s important that those few moments tell us all we need to know. Classic Flair, before he even spoke a word into the mic, let the audience know that his character was a narcissistic playboy who looked down on anyone not him. We need more of that.

    To be honest, I’m kind of crossing my fingers that the return of Kane will be the return of a fantastic character, and the start of a trend with he and Cody.

    That being said, I really like where Roode is going, and hope he gets to develop as a heel. Who he is now reminds me a lot of one of my very favorites, Arn Anderson. Arn’s character was a hard-ass who, even though he was a heel and would cheat in a heartbeat, was afraid of no-one. Roode brings that same kind of attitude, and so does TNA’s other excellent champion, Austin Aries.

  • venom

    Storm and Roode in the mainevent scene is the best thing TNA is doing.

  • MaNic

    who in the blue hell are these two ruddy poos?

  • Tombstonepiledriver

    Storm totally nailed it. Whats missing now is character. Cena’s (and I am a fan) character is getting stale. Punk, a couple of goos promos and good in-ring skills but needs more character. Ziggler, needs to develop a character of his own and not always depend on Vickie. Kofi, well what exactly is his character? Swagger, boring character, no luster. Orton, Apex Predator is getting old needs something to make him stand out again. Cody, Allright theres one good one. DelRio–So boring that its painful to watch.
    WWE and the Wrestlers need to work a lot harder on building characters and storylines. As for TNA, well I like Storm and Roode but other than that it may be hopeless.