Bobby Roode On If He Can Take TNA To The Next Level, Hogan Re-Signing & Much More
On Hulk Hogan re-signing for another year: "I think it's a great thing for our company. Hulk is obviously the biggest name in pro wrestling, you know he has added a lot to the company in the last couple of years. His match with Sting on Sunday, is obviously for nostalgia reasons very huge, and is going to, I believe, bring a lot of old wrestling fans to the pay per view just for that match in particular. You know, I've always been a Hulk Hogan fan, in regardless of his change of attitude in the last little while. But you know as far as the company stands, I think that Hulk Hogan is great to have around our company and brings some stardom, and star power to Impact Wrestling every week."
His idols when he was growing up: "The guy that inspired me to be a wrestler was Curt Hennig, Mr. Perfect. He's one of these guys that I really enjoyed watching have hours and hours and hours of footage that I watched when I was first starting to wrestle. Ric Flair was obviously an idol of mine, and even last year on the UK tour having the opportunity for him to be my manager was something extremely special for me. I grew up watching Hulk Hogan and Macho Man, and guys like that. But the guys that really inspired me to become what I am today are Ric Flair, Curt Hennig and even Ric Rude."
What fans should expect from Roode vs Angle: "I think Kurt is ready, I'm ready, I don't think Kurt has ever had a bad match with anyone…I think this has the makings of match of the year. I think Kurt and I will tear the house down, go thirty, forty maybe fifty minutes, just whatever it takes."
If the TNA originals are taking the limelight: "This is an opportunity for the company to really make a statement, you know if I happen to win the world title, to have a new opening, a whole new avenue for new matches and new angles. Just basically a fresh face on top, carrying the world title, especially when you get a a TNA original like myself, I think it sends a message to the fans that there investing there time and the younger guys who have been loyal to the company. I think it's a great thing for this company."
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