In honor of the biggest match of his career later tonight in Philadelphia at Bound For Glory, Bobby Roode is the latest wrestler in my 6 Reasons Why series.
Bobby Roode has been in TNA for a very long time. He's one of the top homegrown wrestlers the company has to offer.
He's been in the company for nine long years, but hasn't won a singles championship.
Roode has, however, found success as a tag team wrestler. He and his Beer Money mate, James Storm, have won the Tag Team Championships four times, and are the longest reigning TNA Tag Champions in history.
Beer Money will go down in history as one of the best tag teams in TNA, and maybe all of wrestling history.
Roode's big break came in the summer of 2011 when he was placed in the Bound For Glory Series with 11 other top contenders in the company. Bobby went on to defeat the 11 other contenders and rightfully earn a main event, Heavyweight Championship match at the biggest stage of the year: Bound For Glory.
Here's six reasons why Bobby Roode deserves that very title after the dust has settled later tonight.
As I previously mentioned in the introduction slide, Bobby Roode has been with TNA since its very start. He's one of the best homegrown talents available.
He's been in TNA since 2004, and has been a singles wrestler from '04-'08 without ever winning a singles championship.
During and after 2008, Roode and Storm teamed up to make Beer Money, and the championship gold just flooded in on this team. They were the best.
Now, four championships and almost four years later, Beer Money is on the brink of a split. They've completed their course as a team, and really have nothing left to prove. They left their mark on the tag team world, and now both men are ready to attempt to make their mark in the main event spotlight.
Storm and Roode have been in the company for 13 years. Bobby Roode has the chance to finally make that time worth it. Make it his time. Make those 13 years pay off.
Bobby Roode is also one great in-ring worker as well. Singles wrestling or tag team wrestling, Roode knows how to work a match.
Up until April of this year, Roode seemed more like a brawler than anything else.
Roode has expanded his move set just this year. Lockdown to be exact.
Bobby Roode was never seen as a submission-based wrestler, but he makes it work. He added two top submissions to his arsenal. An arm bar and a cross face.
He's already gotten a good amount of wins with those moves, making guys like Ric Flair, A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Gunner and Bully Ray tap out.
Nobody likes a wrestler with a repetitive move set or the "5 Moves of Doom" type ordeal. We've witnessed Bobby Roode really grow into one of the best in-ring workers IMPACT has to offer.
We've also seen Roode come full circle with his mic skills. They've really reached their peak this year in 2011.
Roode can work the fans over with just a few words.
Face or heel, Roode can stand toe-to-toe with any mic worker in IMPACT Wrestling, whether it's a speech on how IMPACT needs a fresh face as World Champion or the fact that it takes heart to make it as far as World Heavyweight Champion.
Mic skills is a thing wrestlers really need nowadays to be successful, and Bobby Roode has just that.
Take into account, Roode's past experience as a champion.
Four-time Tag Team Champion.
Roode has past championship experience and knows what it takes to be a champion. Roode knows how to carry himself as a champion, and can be a good pick to represent your brand.
He's a good, reliable person to put a title on, and is a safe pick to carry IMPACT Wrestling through the rest of 2011 and into the new year.
If I didn't want Bobby Roode to be a future World Champion, I wouldn't have written this slideshow based entirely around him.
If the fans didn't want Bobby Roode to be a future World Champion, they wouldn't chant "next world champ" every time he's in the ring. If we fans didn't want him to be World Champion, we wouldn't be following him and cheering for him along his journey.
Roode is over as ever, and I don't remember the last time I've ever heard a live audience chant the words "next world champ" towards any wrestler.
Bobby Roode is the top face in IMPACT right now, and is the most over with the fans.
We've heard this plenty of times.
Bobby Roode is ready to become the next World Heavyweight Champion.
Take all the previous slides into mind: his mic skills, in-ring skills and popularity.
Roode has gotten victories over A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Ric Flair, Jeff Jarrett, James Storm, Gunner and the best wrestlers the company has to offer. Roode has worked awesome matches with these wrestlers.
Remember his match with A.J., Kazarian, Storm or Gunner?
All of them were top-notch matches.
Bobby Roode's skills are top notch, and he certainly proved time and time again that he's ready.
There you have it. Six reasons why Bobby Roode should be the Heavyweight Champion of the world. Can Roode be a good World Champion? Will he even beat Kurt Angle later tonight, live in Philadelphia?
Next week's Six Reasons Why slideshow is still to be determined. I will most likely pick the next person for this topic based on the results of Bound For Glory.
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