“I had a lot of free time,” he says. “The travel ban prevented me from going to work every week, [so] I was a fan. I’m sitting at home on my couch watching WWE Monday Night Raw, Friday night SmackDown and catch some NXT here and there. It was a long layoff, about seven months. [There was] a lot of downtime to heal physically and mentally and [a lot of] just wanting to go back to work. Fortunately, last week was my luck. ”
Roode continued on how this time at home put things in perspective for him as it happened after so many years on the road. “It was really different. I have been in this business for over 20 years. This is the longest period of time I have spent at home. When your lifestyle has been like this for 15, 20 years, it’s a tough adjustment. In a way, it was nice not to be living in a suitcase and spending time with family. [But] circumstances [were] different this time with the pandemic and being forced to stay at home. It wasn’t because of an injury. The first few months I really missed doing what I usually do every week. This matter is in my blood. It’s a passion. You miss the camaraderie, the schedule, and the life on the road, in a weird way. Glad to be back. ”
Roode noted that he was able to fly to the United States from Canada, despite the coronavirus restrictions. He said being a part of WWE made it easier as they made sure he had all the necessary legal documents in place, but he still followed all COVID-19 security protocols at airports.
Roode has expressed his interest in RAW Tag Team titles with Ziggler. He was also asked about James Storm’s possible signing with the WWE, which has been a topic among fans since Storm recently revealed he has had discussions with the company.
“It’s above my salary. I haven’t spoken to James in years, ”Roode said. “During this time, in particular, I don’t know what will happen or who will or will not. I must be worried about myself. I’m pretty happy doing what I do with Dolph and doing my thing.
Roode also praised the WWE Champion. He was asked about McIntyre’s recent ascent to the top.
“He’s our best guy,” Roode said. “Lots of responsibilities that come with being a champion, especially during this pandemic – it’s just a different world. I think he does a phenomenal job. To be in the ring with him last week after being out for seven months was a real eye – he’s legit, he’s a great guy with a lot of talent.
“I worked with Drew for many years and got to know him as a colleague and friend. We played outside of WWE together years ago. In the ring now, he has definitely stepped up his game and deserves to be in the place he is today. ”