Source: Monday Night MayhemMonday Night Mayhem with Bobby Roode
Growing as a wrestler from teaming with James Storm: "When I first came into this company, I was in a tag team with Team Canada. Then they took me off on my own and put some high expectations on me being around the World title picture. I got to be in the ring with some big names and I ended up doing a long run with Booker T. I thought I was having good success as a singles wrestler, but they didn't have anything for me after my run with Booker and it came down to a creative decision to put me and James together. Honestly, it was only supposed to last for about three months. It lit a fire under both of us and we just told each other to make the best out of this and run with it. We did, and obviously it's worked out great. Three years later and here we are as one of the most popular tag teams in professional wrestling today.
"What I learned from all this is that when you get an opportunity, like I'm getting now to talk on the microphone and stand on my own, you really have to make the most out of it and make yourself known as an individual. I'm not going to make the mistake again of letting them not have anything for me. I'm going to make them have something for me and hopefully it works out that way."
The Future of Beer Money: "I love tag team wrestling. I grew up as a fan and I studied the art of tag team wrestling. In this three-year span, James and I have done a lot. We've won the titles and we've been successful in the ring against all the great tag teams here in TNA. I don't know what's left for us to do. We could stick around for a while and do our thing, but the fact of the matter is that tag team wrestling is not as popular as it once was. Tag team wrestling was always a staple back in the day, but nowadays it's not. There's going to come a time when James and I are going to get an opportunity to prove ourselves in singles competition. But no matter what, Beer Money will always be around. Nobody's ever going to forget about us and that's something we're proud of. I think we left our mark on tag team wrestling."
Working with Ric Flair: "It was a surprise to everybody when we first saw Ric come into this company back in January last year. It was really special to get a chance to work with him on the same team as our mentor. I would love to get in the ring with Ric. I'll never forget that segment we had a couple of weeks ago. It was the first opportunity I had with Ric one on one without anybody else around and it was great. Ric is 60 years old and he's been around the block, but he can still go. I've seen it with my own eyes. He had an awesome match with Doug Williams over in England. If I have an opportunity to wrestle Ric, it would be a dream come true."
The company's investment in his superstar potential: "Obviously I don't want to disappoint anybody. When Hulk Hogan says something like that, I'm going to take it to heart and do everything that is expected of me. That's my goal. I've been ready to do this for a long time. To the fans, expect the unexpected. I was taught that you have to be different from everybody else in order to be successful in this business. You're going to see Bobby Roode be his own person and become a superstar."
You can check out the full interview at MondayNightMayhem.com.
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