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Roode re-signs with TNA
By GREG DAVIS - Peterborough Examiner


Robert Roode at the TNA No Surrender PPV in Oshawa last fall. Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

Bobby Roode is body slamming the rumours of his departure from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

The 32-year-old Peterborough professional wrestler has re-signed with the wrestling company, quashing reports that rival World Wrestling Entertainment was going to ink the six-foot-one, 240-pound grappler to a deal.

"My contract is put away and I've re-signed for five years with TNA," Roode told The Peterborough Examiner last night.

"I'm very happy about it. They wanted to sign me to a long-term deal. Most contracts are one to three years, but they wanted to keep me around for five. I'm quite pleased."

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Professionally I'm very happy and financially they have put me in a very good spot. I'm happy all the way around," said Roode, who is home visiting his wife Tracy, children Bobby, Riley, Nicholas and parents Bob and Sandy Roode.

Roode, who wrestles as the character Robert Roode, a "financial genius" from Wall Street, said there was a strong desire to remain with the upstart wrestling promotion he joined more than four years ago.

"There was a little bit of interest there (from WWE)," he admitted.

"If TNA didn't step up to the plate, I would have tried a little bit harder (with WWE). I have an agent working for me as well. It was one of those things where my heart wanted to stay here. And TNA wanted me to stay there, too. So they stepped up to the plate and gave me a really nice offer."

When Roode joined TNA, he originally was a singles performer and had a number of high-profile feuds.

However, last summer he was placed in the tag team division with James Storm (real name James Allan Black). Together, they are known as Beer Money Inc. The duo won the TNA world tag team championship belts on Aug. 10 at the Hard Justice pay-per-view show.

They lost the titles on a Jan. 8 edition of the "Impact!" TV show but regained the titles three days later and remain the champions.

Roode says his new deal could lead to a return to singles competition.

He said his current contract expires on April 4 but the new one will commence on March 1.

"For now, I don't know what the future will hold for me, but signing the long-term deal is a good sign that in time they'll branch me off into a singles guy again," said Roode.

"There are guys in our company right now -- like Kurt Angle, Booker T and Kevin Nash -- who are in their 40s and their careers are near the end. Mine is just peaking. The company is looking toward their future and I think they'll mould me into one of their spots down the road.

"We'll have to see what happens, but I think that's what is going to be the case."

NOTES: Bobby Roode returned home to Peterborough on Monday following a three-day tour of Japan where he and several TNA wrestlers worked with New Japan Pro Wrestling, the largest promotion in the country and one of the largest in the world, performing at the sold-out Sumo Hall in front of 12,000 fans. Roode says Japanese fans are more reserved and quiet when watching matches. "It's nothing like a North American crowd -- North Americans are a little more crazy," quipped Roode. "They're a lot more respectable and reserved which is very cool to me. I've watched a lot of (Japanese wrestling) tapes and heard about it and being there is completely different. despite the long flight I'm looking forward to going again."

RELATED LINKS

  • Robert Roode bio and story archive

    Greg Davis is the Sports Editor of the Peterborough Examiner.