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Robert Roode finds new life with Dolph Ziggler pairing

Bobby Roode Retains the United States Championship in WWE Royal Rumble


Robert Roode finds new life with Dolph Ziggler pairing

“The Glorious” Bobby Roode blessed the WWE Universe with his presence on the SmackDown Live after NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, after dropping the NXT Championship to Drew McIntyre. Despite portraying a conniving and arrogant heel during his time in NXT, Roode debuted as a babyface mainly because of his “Iconic” entrance theme.

After defeating a slew of enhancement talent Roode would win the United States Championship, during an eight-man tournament that culminated on the January 16, 2018 episode of SmackDown Live. He would keep the title until the 2018 Fastlane pay-per-view when he was defeated by “The Viper” Randy Orton.

At WrestleMania 34, Roode was unsuccessful in regaining the United States Championship. Following his loss, Roode was drafted to Raw as part of the Superstar Shakeup. Roode teamed with Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, and Seth Rollins to defeat The Miz, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn.

It appeared that Roode was going to truly make it to the main event scene when he defeated Jinder Mahal and Baron Corbin, to qualify for the 2018 Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match but “The Monster Among Men won the briefcase.

Later that year, Roode would finally gain some momentum on the Raw roster when he was paired up with Chad Gable. At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Roode and Gable would have a great showing in the traditional 10-on-10 tag team elimination match.

Roode and Gable then entered into a feud with then-Raw Tag Team Champions AOP (Akam and Rezar). On on the December 10th, episode of Raw, Roode and Gable won the Raw Tag Team Championships from AOP and their manager Drake Maverick in a three-on-two handicap match.

Fast forward to 2019, when following Roode and Gable’s loss to Ricochet and Aleister Black Roode viciously attacked the NXT stars turning heel in the process. Shortly after that, Roode and Gable were split up and recently Roode has been involved in the 24/7 Championship drama.

Roode became the second-ever 24/7 Champion, on the May 20th episode of Raw when the title was unveiled. For several weeks, Roode and a slew of enhancement talent would be seen interrupting multiple matches in hopes of regaining the 24/7 title.

On the April 22nd episode of Raw, Roode returned under a new moniker “Robert Roode” clean-shaven with a thick moustache and defeated Ricochet. The WWE Universe was under the impression that Roode now a heel, would finally be utilized to the fullest sadly we were mistaken. At Super ShowDown, Roode was a participant in the 50-Man Battle Royal but ultimately lost.

On this week’s episode of Raw, we all witnessed the unlikely pairing of Roode and “The Show-off” Dolph Ziggler during the Tag Team Turmoil Match to determine the number-one contender for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Roode and Ziggler defeated Lucha House Party, The Revival, Curt Hawkins, and Zack Ryder, and lastly Heavy Machinery.

For the first time in a long time, Roode seems to be back on track and destined for great things on the Raw roster. Roode and Ziggler have a great chance of defeated the unlikely team of “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman and the Universal Champion Seth Rollins at Clash of Champions. The best thing that has happened to Roode is returning back to his arrogant and cocky ways, even if Roode and Ziggler come up short this could be a fantastic way, for Roode to finally catapult to the main event scene where he truly belongs.


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