It wasn't hard for Bobby Roode to leave TNA, but that’s not a reflection on his time with the promotion.
The WWE talent talked to Sporting News and discussed his departure from the rival promotion. He didn’t have anything negative to say about that company -- Roode just thought it was time to move on.
“I was treated extremely well there for 12 years and financially I was taken care of. Honestly, it was just time for me to go. I never really got into this industry for the money although it's nice. I've been able to make a career and support my family for the last 12 years doing what I love to do. But that was just it,” Roode said.
In his last few years with TNA, things changed for Roode. He felt different about the company he had been with for 10 plus years.
“The last two years of that company, I didn't love it any more. I started to lose my passion which was concerning to me. I didn't like being away. I didn't like performing. TNA became a place where it was just a television product and I got into this business to perform and be on the road,” Roode said.
Now 39 and in a different stage in his career, Roode wanted a new opportunity, a new challenge. NXT and WWE, to him, are just that.
"I think that this was the right time. I guess, looking back, who knows if I should have came earlier, if I had the opportunity to come earlier. I think that everything happens for a reason and I think WWE and myself felt like this was the time and so far, so good," Roode said.
Roode can be seen Wednesday nights on NXT on WWE Network.