This Canadian wrestler spent a large part of his career in his home country before signing with the world’s largest wrestling promotion. Bobby Roode had already achieved veteran status in Canada before coming to the United States to join the WWE development area NXT in 2016. No wonder it didn’t take long for him to be appointed to the main promotion list, where he quickly won his first major title in January 2018.
Before WWE, Bobby spent 12 years of his career in impact wrestling, culminating in 2016. Together with James Storm, he was six times the World Tag Team Champion of promotion. Roode eventually competed against Storm and defeated him to become Impact World Heavyweight Champion. For both the tag team and heavyweight championships, Bobby Roode is the longest-serving wrestler in the history of wrestling advancement. In his later years, he won more Impact Wrestling titles.
Bobby Roode WWE (The Glorious) Bio
Robert Francis Roode Jr. was born on May 11, 1977, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Robert grew up with a love for the world of sports and played hockey in high school and college.
Roode spent a year under the guidance of Canadian wrestling greats Sean Morley and Shane Sewell before he began performing for various independent promotions in Canada. Bobby also performed for the Puerto Rican promotion World Wrestling Council before signing with TNA Wrestling (also known as Impact Wrestling) in 2004.
In his early years at TNA, Bobby was the enforcer for the heel wrestling stable, Team Canada. His leading role in the group soon earned him the title – The Canadian Enforcer. They competed against teams like Team USA in the 2004 World X Cup and had ongoing feuds with stables like America’s Most Wanted and 3Live Kru (who later added a fourth member to 4Live Kru), winning against both groups and losing some.
The stable was finally disbanded in July 2006 by TNA’s management director Jim Cornette after they lost an eight-man day team game against Team 3D, Jay Lethal, and Rhino. After the group disbanded, Roode began trading under the name “Robert Roode” and chose Traci Brooks as his manager. Over time, he formed alliances with various wrestlers and stables. He had also initiated feuds with Booker T, Kaz, Kevin Nash, and finally former allies Christian Cage and Eric Young.
His increasingly misogynistic attitude towards Traci Brooks eventually led to their paths separating when he replaced her with Ms. Payton Banks, a woman who was known and labeled as his number one fan. This alliance also ended in 2008 when the wrestler began to abuse her, much like her predecessor.
In 2008, Roode and James Storm – who had formed Beer Money Inc. – won their first TNA World Tag Team Championship by defeating The Latin American Exchange. They successfully defended the title several times against the former owners and against The Motor City Machine Guns, Matt Morgan and Abyss. After losing it to Jay Lethal and Creed on January 8, 2009, they brought it back three days later in a three-way match. They lost the title again to Team 3D on April 19, 2009, but won it back in the June Slammiversary event before losing it again to Scott Steiner and Booker T.
The group saw no further titles and continued to fight for the tag team championship in keeping with the stable Team Flair of Ric Flair and the stable Immortal of Hulk Hogan. On 9 January 2011, they finally got their hands on the title again.
On July 13, 2011, Beer Money officially became the longest-reigning tag team champion after surpassing former record-holders AJ Styles and Tomko. They retained the title until an episode of Impact Wrestling on August 18th, when they lost the title to Mexican America, ending their 212-day reign.
On November 3, 2011, Bobby Roode triumphed over his former teammate James Storm; he won and became TNA Heavyweight Champion of the World. He ruled for 256 days before losing the title to Austin Aries on July 8, 2012.
After several unsuccessful attempts to regain the title, he and Aries won the TNA World Tag Team Championship on January 25, 2013, with a win over Chavo Guerrero Jr. and Hernandez. They lost the title to the duo on April 11.
On October 28, 2014, he secured the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for the second time in his career by defeating Bobby Lashley. On January 7, 2015, he lost it again to Lashley. On September 2, 2015, he won PJ Black, securing the TNA King of the Mountain Championship.
James Storm and Bobby Roode got together again on January 5, 2016, to revive Beer money Inc., and seven days later Bobby lost his title King of the Mountain to his friend Eric Young. Beer Money won its fifth tag team championship on March 8, 2016, with a win over The Wolves, before losing to Decay in a game in the Valley of Shadow days later. On March 19, 2016, TNA announced that Bobby Roode would retire from the promotion after 12 years of service.
Bobby Roode made his NXT debut on 11 June 2016 where he defeated Angelo Dawkins. Take over at NXT: Orlando won Bobby Roode Shinsuke Nakamura and became the NXT champion on January 28, 2017. On August 19, he finally lost the title to Drew McIntyre and fought his farewell game of NXT on September 9, 2017.
In an episode of SmackDown Live on January 16, 2018, Bobby won over Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, and Jinder Mahal in an episode of SmackDown Live on his way to becoming US champion. He lost the title to Randy Orton after a 54-day reign.
On April 16, 2018, Bobby Roode was traded for RAW in the 2018 WWE draft. During his time on the RAW list, he has competed with the likes of Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Braun Stroman, and Curtis Axel.
Since 2008’s TNA Impact!, the professional wrestler is also a playable character in wrestling video games. He continued to appear in the wrestling games of the promotion until 2011. Roode made his WWE video game debut in WWE 2K18.
His Family – Father, Wife, and Children
Roode was born in Ontario, Canada, the son of his parents Bob Roode (father) and Sandy Roode. The professional fighter does not let much out of the bag in his personal affairs.
He is married to Tracy Roode. The date of their wedding is not known, but the couple has given birth to three sons: Robert III, Riley, and Nicholas.
Bobby Roode’s Salary and Net Worth
The wrestler currently earns about $500,000 a year in salary. If you include his various title wins and PPV income, this amount rises steeply. Various sources put his net worth at around $1.5 to $2 million.