Vince Russo believes that WWE has wasted his talent since Robert Roode joined the company in 2016.
During Russo’s tenure as TNA/IMPACT wrestling writer, Roode hosted the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a record 256 days. The 46-year-old currently plays RAW with Dolph Ziggler on the Dirty Dawgs tag team.
and Dr. Chris Featherstone of Sportskeeda Wrestling, Russo questioned why Roode wasn’t used as often. He also recalled that Hulk Hulk allegedly advised former TNA president Dixie Carter not to let Rudd be “that guy.”
“To me, it’s absolutely ironic,” Russo said. “What a waste of talent. What a waste of a man. What a waste of a good man. What a waste of a leader, a gentleman. Dude, I worked with Bobby Roode at TNA for a long time until the 12th hour when Hulk convinced Dixie to unplug Plug and Bobby Roode will be that guy. What a mess.” [13:29-14:04]
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Why Vince Russo loves WWE RAW star Robert Rudd so much
Before joining World Wrestling Entertainment, Robert Roode won the TNA World Tag Team Championship five times with James Storm. The duo, known as Beer Money, Inc., were widely regarded as one of the best label teams in the world from 2008 to 2011.
Russo added that he would be interested in hiring Roode and Storm if he launched his own wrestling promotion.
“If I were starting a wrestling company tomorrow, Bobby Rudd and James Storm would probably be the first two people I would call,” Russo continued. “Look like a star, act like a star, a company guy. Bobby Roode is the best guy in the world. I don’t know how they [WWE] miss him. ” [14:09-14:37]
Roode’s WWE achievements include winning the NXT Championship and the US Championship. He is also a two-time RAW Tag Team Champion (with Chad Gable and Dolph Ziggler) and a one-time SmackDown Tag Team Champion