WWE News: Truth behind Bobby Roode's iconic 'glorious' entrance
What's the story?
Bobby Roode is currently involved in a feud with Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown LIVE that essentially asks the question "what would a wrestler be without their entrance?"
Whilst it can't be denied that a big part of Bobby Roode's appeal is his fantastically theatrical 'glorious' entrance, the superstar recently revealed in an ESPN interview that things were pretty different.
In case you didn't know...
Roode has enjoyed a glorious career in the wrestling industry. He's perhaps best known for his 12-year stint with TNA as one of the 'TNA originals' where he became their longest reigning tag team champion in history alongside James Storm as Beer Money and even picked up the TNA World Heavyweight Championship.
Surprisingly, it didn't take a wrestler with the experience of Roode long to make a splash in NXT when he debuted as he immediately dethroned Nakamura to become NXT champion. Then, despite playing the character of a heel, Roode rapidly rose in popularity owing to his attention-grabbing entrance and entrance music.
Eventually 'Glorious Domination' rang out on SmackDown LIVE to a huge pop from the crowd as Bobby Roode made his debut on the main roster. Whilst it's still early days for the superstar there, he's currently enjoying a feud with Dolph Ziggler that is actually over his iconic entrance.
The heart of the matter
Let's take a look at what this is all about, the fantastic 'glorious' entrance from Bobby Roode.
It's wonderful isn't it, every time Roode comes out to it the crowd loudly sings along and it really does make Roode look like a million bucks. So much so that it's hard to imagine that he'd enter the ring in any other way.
Well, it turns out he almost did, as Roode recently revealed in an interview with ESPN that he was due to enter to different theme music but it was changed last minute. Here's what he had to say,
"It wasn't me at all, actually. I had a different song picked out, I was about to debut on NXT, and about a week or two later, as I waited for some paperwork to be finished up, I had a conversation with Triple H about the character and what I wanted to do.
He came up to me that TV taping and said, 'Hey I've got this song that we have, and I think it kind of fits your character a little better, so why don't you have a listen?'
That's right folks, Roode almost debuted to entirely different theme music until having a conversation with Triple H who suggested that Roode should consider 'Glorious Domination' as it was a perfect fit for the character Roode wanted to portray. So, now you know who should receive your thank you letter for arguably the best wrestling entrance of the last few years.
Originally, the Glorious entrance was conceived as Nakamura's entrance but the King of Strong Style did not like the entrance theme, choosing his current theme song over it.
Roode goes on to say that he had some concerns that the entrance wouldn't gain any traction with fans, which seems like a silly thought now.
"So it could've went one of two ways: It could've really sucked or it could've been really great. And it's been better than great -- glorious, I guess you could say.
The song itself was a blessing. It's been a gift, because in this business, everyone talks about the entrance, but without the song, there is no entrance."
Bobby Roode has the entrance and because of it, he is done with winning the fans. Now all he has to do is back it up with his in-ring work and promo work and he could really reach the top of the WWE.
And funnily enough, Roode is looking to prove the same thing storyline-wise when he faces Dolph Ziggler at Hell In a Cell to show everyone that he's more than just his entrance and is actually a very accomplished wrestler without it.
It's weird because I remember watching Roode a lot in his Beer Money days on TNA and really liking his work. However, now that he's debuted on the WWE with the 'glorious' entrance, I can't imagine him doing anything else. So personally, I'm really glad that the wrestler and the entrance theme found each other!