Bobby Roode's current NXT theme is among the most beloved in wrestling, but it almost didn't happen.
According to Roode in a recent interview with RVA Mag, he'd selected a theme different than 'Glorious Domination.' After a discussion with Triple H, the two found a lost gem waiting to be used.
“I had a song that was picked out that was different than the ‘Glorious Domination’ that everyone is familiar with now. Triple H came to me and said the song I chose originally really didn’t fit the character that he saw. We talked in great lengths about how I wanted to portray myself as a character. I wanted to bring back the robes and wanted to kind of go back to the character I portrayed before. The ‘Glorious Domination’ song was created for someone else and it just happened to be there, not being used, and I got to listen to it. It was obviously very different from the song I chose originally, but Triple H was a fan of it, I was a fan of it, Michael Hayes was a fan of it, a lot of people were fans of the song. I thought, ‘Hey, why not? Let’s give it a whirl.’ The song itself took off and delineated the entrance and character and everything. That entrance at Brooklyn… obviously I had a lot of great creative minds helping me out there, but honestly, once I’m out there, I just kind of do my own thing. I just felt the music if that makes any sense and kind of just fell into my character. Everything just flowed," says Roode.
The song became a viral hit, and the subject of comical videos of Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano played the theme backstage around Roode. The success culminated with an NXT Takeover: Back to Brooklyn entrance, which became instantly memorable.
“It’s up there. Definitely up there," said Roode. "Obviously coming to WWE, you never know what to expect. I just wanted an opportunity, but it far exceeded what I ever expected. That entrance and the song and the people, over 15,000 singing along to every word of your song, the big reaction, the feeling was electric and it was a great night for me. If you asked me today, it’s probably the best moment I’ve ever had. It’s almost like a feeling of acceptance. That was my debut in NXT and WWE too, and it couldn’t have gone any better.”
You can check out Roodes' Brooklyn entrance above.