Joshua Modaberi of SportsVibe.co.uk recently spoke with TNA world Champion Bobby Roode, here are some highlights:
Wrestlers that inspired him growing up: "Being Canadian I was always a big fan of Bret Hart. I also like Mr. Perfect (Curt Henning) and guys like Ric Flair. Once I actually got into the business I started to look at wrestling in a different way and started to study a lot of tapes and one of the guys I watched a lot was Curt Henning."
Working with Ric Flair: "It was a real pleasure getting to work with Ric. He was with us during the Fortune times and last year when we toured over in the UK he managed James (Storm) and I. He taught us a lot, not just about wrestling but outside of wrestling as well. We really became friends; he has lots of great stories and it was great spending time with him away from the ring. It was definitely a big moment in my career."
Being a heel: "I'm enjoying being the bad guy again and really like the way my character is being portrayed right now; I feel right at home with it. For the most part I well and truly enjoy being on this side of the fence."
Hulk Hogan's comments about Roode not being ready to be champion: "The comments that Hogan made didn't bother me in the slightest. People in this industry say a lot of things and you learn to take it with a pinch of salt. Honestly, I think what Hogan said has worked in my favour, it gave the little extra fire I needed and look where I am now, I'm the face of TNA."
Jeff Hardy's return to TNA: "It has been well documented that Jeff has come back to TNA and has turned his life around. His passion for wrestling and the business is back stronger than ever before and his matches over the past couple of months have proven that."
Much more is contained in the interview, you can check out the full interview by clicking here.