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TNA's Roode 'having a blast'
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun




Robert Roode has come a long way from stepping into the ring for his first match, in 1998, against Pete Rock.

"I don't think I even got paid," says Roode, who has moved on to much bigger and better things and is excited about performing at TNA's No Surrender pay-per-view Sunday night in Oshawa.

"I've wrestled in a Legion in front of 300 people, now (tomorrow) at the GM Centre, I'll be in front of 4,000-5,000 people."

Performing in front of people is something Roode has had designs on for a long time, giving up on the notion that he might one day play in the NHL to become a wrestler instead.

"I was a hockey player since I was four years old," says Roode, who grew up in Peterborough.

"I played Tier 2 junior A and competitive hockey until I was 20. Every Canadian hockey player dreams about being in the NHL. But when I wasn't drafted into the OHL and got past being 16, 17 and 18, I knew I wasn't going to play in the NHL.

"As soon as I stepped into the ring, it was surreal. I knew this was something I was meant to do. I grew up in the age of Hulkamania."

Roode says he enjoys his Beer Money Inc. partnership with

"Just watch the old Hart Foundation and British Bulldogs."

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