How has he done it? By hiding behind count-out and disqualification rules to retain his championship. By surrounding himself with a team of lawyers keeping him from being fired or stripped of his title, which has allowed him to man handle and intimidate TNA President Dixie Carter, and to spit in the face of then-TNA GM Sting without suffering any legal repercussions. For a man who was being built up as the most deserving and lovable individual during his road to the TNA title, Bobby Roode turned out to be quite the prick.
But as much of a prick that Roode is, there has been no one in the TNA locker room that has been able to put him in his place. Former Fortune stablemate AJ Styles failed to unseat Roode several times, including a 30-minute Iron Man match (resulting in 3-3 draw) and a sudden death bout. From holding the tights to running the clock, tactics undoubtedly learned from Ric Flair, Bobby Roode alluded Styles from becoming a 2-time TNA Heavyweight champion.
Not even the Charismatic Enigma Jeff Hardy has been able to do it. After his drunken/drugged embarrassment at last year’s Victory Road PPV, Jeff Hardy had the opportunity to create the greatest comeback story the industry had ever seen if he had won the title. Unfortunately, Bobby Roode’s fairy tale ending didn’t occur at Bound for Glory, and he made sure that Jeff’s didn’t happen at Genesis, or on Impact Wrestling.
In a recent interview with New York Post, Hulk Hogan had this to say: If you wanted a quick fix, right now, you would put the belt on Jeff Hardy. That would fix a bunch of stuff right now, but that is not working backwards from where we need to be. Right now, to work to that point, the belt needs to stay with Bobby Roode. He’s a guy who we are bringing up and is a constant. As we build him up it’s like a volcano that ready to explode.
The Immortal One believes in Bobby Roode and his role as champion, hence why he’s burned through TNA Superstars Jeff Hardy and AJ Styles. But what about The Cowboy James Storm?
The beer swigging, country loving redneck had a wave of momentum leading to his title match at Lockdown. But in a match with no rules, no disqualifications, and the confinement of a steel cage, it was a matter of being at the right place at the right time that lead Bobby Roode to retain his championship.
Bobby Roode is simply unstoppable to the point that it doesn’t seem likely that Mr. TNA Rob Van Dam will be able to Five-Star Frog Splash his way towards his second TNA Heavyweight championship. While on April 19, 2010 it was the obvious “quick fix” to place the title on Rob Van Dam, May 13, 2012 looks to favor The Champ as the long-term solution for a better constant in the company.
By burning through main event guys like Hardy, Styles, Storm, and possibly RVD, who would be left for Bobby Roode to beat? Mr. Anderson hasn’t fared well against The Champ in non-title matches, and Bully Ray is too entwined with a bullying vendetta against TNA X Division champion Austin Aries.
The night after Victory Road, Sting stated that he was stepping down from the GM position in order to return as a competitor. If he is serious about returning to in-ring competition, would Bobby Roode lose his championship to the man called Sting?
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