Robert Roode opens up about how he was paired with Dolph Ziggler in the first place and why he left behind his “Glorious” entrance for the betterment of the team.
Currently, Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler are the WWE Friday Night Smackdown Tag Team Champions. They won those championships from Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins but prior to that, they had won the Monday Night Raw Tag Team Championships from Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman at the 2019 Clash of Champions event.
Speaking with Rick Ucchino of Sportskeeda, Robert Roode credits former executive director of Monday Night Raw, Paul Heyman for putting him and Dolph Ziggler together.
"Well actually it was a Paul Heyman idea, to be honest with you that... I can speak for myself, that during that time period, I wasn't really doing much. You know? I was on the live events and I was coming to TV, but sometimes I'd do Main Event. You know, the Main Event tapings. Sometimes I get sprinkled in on RAW doing something, but a lot of times I wasn't doing much. At the time, Paul had an idea to put Dolph and I together and he thought we'd be a great tag team."
On February 5, Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler debuted a new tag team theme song which signaled the end for Robert’s “Glorious” theme song that became so synonymous with him during his time in NXT.
Roode, a veteran of tag team wrestling, noted that he wanted a new theme song to properly match his partner so that the team appeared more cohesive.
"Being an old school guy, if we're going to be a team, I wanted to be presented as a team and for the longest time, I would still wear my robe with the glorious stuff on it and he would wear his stuff. And so we kind of took a little bit of both and kind of meshed it together. As well as our music, as you can tell now, we have the same music. So it's taken a little while, but now we are a team. We're being presented as a team."
He continued, “I mean, that song will always be around, right? If anything ever happens, you know, I can always go back to it. But like I said, as an old school guy and a tag team fan, you know, I want to be presented as a team and so did Dolph. If we're going to be a team, let's truly be a team. And the music was one of those things that had to change."
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