Roode had the NXT Universe buzzing when he was spotted in the crowd at NXT TakeOver: Dallas during WrestleMania 32 Week. Dream matches were being made in the minds of fans around the world before the former world champion even officially stepped foot inside an NXT ring.
But when Roode finally arrived in NXT in July 2016, those dreams were quickly dashed. The high-profile free agent declared that, with his arrival, a new era in NXT was beginning. Roode saw bigger and better things for NXT: high-profile sponsors, billboards in Times Square with his face on them, and politicians, corporate executives and Wall Street bigwigs in the crowd instead of the NXT Universe. Roode promised to take NXT to glorious new heights, and he proved it at NXT TakeOver: San Antonio when he defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to capture the NXT Championship.
Bobby Roode believes that he is the model example of what a Superstar should look like, and he is ready to mold NXT in his image. Regardless of whether anyone likes it, with Bobby Roode on its roster, NXT just got a little more glorious