Robert Roode talked with Graham GSM Matthews of Every day DDT about switching from singles competitors to becoming a member of the WWE tag division. He additionally mentioned who got here up with the concept for him to workforce with Dolph Ziggler, beginning again in 2019.
A former NXT Champion, Roode had discovered success virtually instantly when he signed on with WWE in 2016. Working in TNA earlier than that, Roode was a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion. Transferring to the tag division wasn’t a serious concern for Roode because it was one thing he all the time keen on in professional wrestling.
“I’ve all the time beloved tag workforce wrestling and I’ve had some success all through my profession in a tag workforce and competing as a tag workforce man,” Roode mentioned. “From an early age, after I was eight-years-old beginning to watch professional wrestling, sports-entertainment, I used to be all the time a fan of tag workforce wrestling and tag workforce psychology.”
Again in August of 2019, each Roode and Ziggler have been on maintain creatively — till Paul Heyman got here alongside. Seeing large potential within the workforce, they rapidly grew to become the primary contenders and gained the RAW Tag Workforce Titles just a few weeks later at Conflict of Champions, defeating Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins.
“It was Paul Heyman’s thought, mainly,” Roode recalled. “I wasn’t doing loads on the time and Dolph’s all the time been out and in [of storylines], for no matter purpose. He’ll be busy one month and the following month you don’t see him. We have been exhibiting as much as the TV and we weren’t doing numerous stuff and at some point we obtained to TV and Paul pulled us over and mentioned, ‘I’ve this concept. I need to pitch it.’”
Final October, the 2 have been drafted to SmackDown. In January of this yr they gained the SmackDown Tag Workforce Titles, and are nonetheless the present champions.