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Walking out for NXT Takeover: Toronto on Saturday in front of nearly 20,000 people will undoubtedly be the biggest moment of Bobby Roodes professional wrestling career. Justin Houston Jersey .Its been a bit of whirlwind, he told ESPN by phone when asked for his thoughts on a memorable 2016. But honestly, I wouldnt have it any other way.An 18-year wrestling veteran, Roode spent the bulk of his career as one of the stars of Total Nonstop Action wrestling, alongside the likes of?A.J. Styles, Samoa Joe, Sting, Kurt Angle and a?number of other names recognizable to WWE fans, past and present. At 39, Roode finally got his chance to sign a WWE contract, and in June, he debuted at the Download Festival on NXTs UK Tour.He has since become one of the developmental brands hottest acts.Starting back with WWE over six months ago, its been an amazing experience, he said. Being part of Takeover: Brooklyn was pretty cool, thinking back to my very first match in England. Here I am now, just days away from another Takeover, [and now] Im gonna perform on probably the biggest night of NXT in my hometown at the Air Canada Centre ... Its been great -- better than I ever expected.One of the biggest reasons Roodes popularity has exploded so quickly in NXT is his theme song, a Queen-inspired operatic, prog-rock epic entitled Glorious Domination. It was so universally popular that it went to No. 1 on the iTunes chart in August, after Roodes equally grandiose entrance at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II, where he defeated Andrade Cien Almas.Its been pretty unbelievable that the song has caught fire across the world, he said. Being as experienced as I am and having been in this business as long as I have, any time you can add a layer to your character that gets a fan reaction like the Glorious song, its a huge plus.Im having fun with it. Brooklyn was huge, the first time when it was played, with 15,000 people singing it. Im really looking forward to being in Toronto, where I grew up a fan in the area, where there are some of [the] greatest wrestling fans anywhere in the world. When that song hits on my entrance, Im looking forward to hearing the people of Toronto and just having fun.The moment when he steps out to face Tye Dillinger on the WWE Network live special -- in front of a hometown crowd for both men -- will be all the more incredible, given where Robert Roode Jr. found himself less than 12 months ago.But hes so much more than a theme song. When I briefly met Roode on Jan. 26 in a pub in North London, he was still contracted to TNA. He was signing autographs and taking pictures at a fan event ahead of TNAs UK tour show that weekend at Wembley Arena.He had just turned 39 on New Years Day, so Roode could be forgiven for perhaps thinking the door to WWE was closed.However, as he told me in our interview this week, The one thing Ive learned in sports entertainment is that nothing is for certain, and you never say never. You have to start somewhere in anything you do.There had been hope almost a decade earlier. Roode had impressed at a series of tryouts for WWE back in the early 2000s, appearing on bygone shows such as Jakked, Metal, Sunday Night Heat and Velocity, as well as dark matches before Raw and SmackDown.Thats the goal, right? You want to get a job, get hired, want to be seen, he said. You go do these dark matches, you network and show your face as much as you can.But a contract offer never came. Roode eventually signed with TNA in May 2004, but he never fully gave up hope.I believe in life that everything happens for a reason, he said. The timing back then with WWE didnt work out. It passed me by the first time. But there was a reason for it. I made a name for myself.Sitting alongside him that cold, January evening at Shillibeers Bar and Grill, around the corner from Caledonian Road underground station, was his longtime tag-team partner, James Storm. Together, the duo were known as Beer Money in TNA, and they had just reunited after five years apart.Storm had reportedly been offered a deal by WWE after appearing on two NXT tapings in the winter of 2015, but somewhat surprisingly, he re-signed with TNA, claiming they offered him more money.Beer Money went on to win their sixth TNA world tag team championship after reuniting, but each was an accomplished singles competitor in his own right. Both men held the TNA world heavyweight championship once, with Roodes reign still standing as the longest in TNA history, at 256 days. All in all, Roode won 11 championships in TNA, and Storm won 16.That weekend at Wembley Arena, Roode wrestled Kurt Angle in one of Angles three final matches for TNA on a farewell UK tour named in his honor. On this night, Roode seemed a bit more pensive than Storm.Given his mindset at the time, that was understandable.I enjoyed 12-plus years in TNA, but in the end, I didnt like being there doing what I was doing. That was my issue, Roode said candidly. I needed to get away.In recent months, TNA has become increasingly dogged by financial issues and embroiled in a bitter legal battle over ownership between Dixie Carter and Billy Corgan. Thats a far cry from when the two appeared together at those Wembley tapings.Roode and other TNA talent such as Austin Aries and Eric Young have all since decided it was time to up sticks. All three have found an unexpected home in one of wrestlings hottest brands.I obviously wanted to keep wrestling and stay in the business, Roode said. The opportunity came up with WWE, and its been an incredible experience.Roode made his NXT debut in June in the UK, and it was only a couple months later that Storm announced he was finished with his commitments to TNA. A reunion with Roode in NXT seemed possible, but Storm has stuck to wrestling on the independent circuit. Perhaps the WWE bridge was burned when he spurned them to return to TNA.I have not spoken a word to James since I left in March, Roode said. Im not sure what his plan is. We havent spoken.Roode has also been keen to detach himself from the political machinations going on at TNA.Honestly, I really havent been paying much attention. I know theyre having some trouble there, he said. The way I look at it, the more companies out there, the more work for the guys, the better. I have a lot of friends there, and I want the best for them.One person Roode spoke to before heading to WWE was Styles. It was just two days prior to my brief encounter with Roode in London that his fellow former top guy in TNA debuted in WWE -- to an incredible response.A.J. and I are friends, Roode told ESPN. I speak to him. We stayed in touch for years. You have a core group of people you keep in touch with throughout the business, guys you work with.Such was the impact of Styles entrance at the Royal Rumble that the emcee for that TNA fan event in London joked with those in attendance that the topic was off-limits.As Kurt Angle told me in an interview later that week: If there are people that didnt think the WWE fans knew who A.J. Styles was, then theyre crazy.Styles turned down a WWE developmental deal in 2002, with his wife in college and TNA offering him more money. He spent more than a decade in TNA, where he won the NWA world heavyweight championship three times and the TNA world heavyweight championship twice.In a measure of his ability and connection with the fans, Styles became the first TNA-contracted wrestler to be ranked No. 1 on Pro Wrestling Illustrateds annual PWI 500 list in 2010. When his contract expired in 2014, Styles signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling, and he won the IWGP heavyweight championship in his first match with the company and soon reached an entirely different echelon of popularity as the leader of The Bullet Club.You can always go to other places and become a star. A.J. is a prime example of that, Roode said. He went to Japan and become enormous over there, a world champion. He already had a huge fan base in America and Canada.As excited as Roode was when Styles signed with WWE, he knew better than to expect Styles signing to mean an open door for every former TNA star looking for a shot.I had that confidence in my own ability, but just because A.J. came here and had success didnt mean I would, he said. I was willing to come here, and I got the opportunity.It would be fair to assume Roode has plans to emulate his buddy Styles on the main WWE main roster, but for now, he is more than happy to carry the torch as one of the veterans among the Performance Center rookies at NXT.When I started here, I didnt really have prior plans. I just wanted to be part of WWE, to get the opportunity to show what I can do, he said. Whether I stay in NXT or go to the main roster, at this point, Im just getting my feet wet still. What happens down the road -- who knows?For now, Roode is incredibly excited to perform at a hometown venue that should be packed with the most die-hard of wrestling fans.Crazy things have happened since day one here, he said. I never wouldve been able to tell you, [but] here I am -- days from walking into the Air Canada Centre and performing where I grew up and watched as a fan.Even if this is as big as it gets and a main roster call-up eludes him, Roodes move to NXT can already be classified as a tremendous success, by any measure.Things are unpredictable in this business, but Im extremely happy to be part of NXT, Roode said. I think its the hottest brand under the WWE umbrella. Every show we do is phenomenal. I just love being a part of the locker room. Its incredible. Tanoh Kpassagnon Jersey . -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. Derrick Thomas Jersey . Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons. http:///...ic-len-dawson-jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again.Burnley will be in a better position to invest in new signings this summer than when they were last promoted to the Premier League in 2014, according to chairman Mike Garlick. Sean Dyches side confirmed their automatic promotion with a 1-0 victory over QPR on Monday, and the clubs board and scouting department are already working with the manager on plans to improve the playing squad ahead of next season.We want to improve the team, Garlick told Sky Sports News HQ. The emphasis is on quality not quantity, but bearing in mind that balance we have always got to find - between improving, and making sure if the worst-case scenario happens and we dont make it, weve got a sustainable plan for the next four to five years. Burnley celebrate promotion after beating QPR 1-0 (Mark Robinson/SkyBet) Its fair to say last time in the division we had to pay back a lot of external debt, and debt to directors. We also had to redevelop our training ground - that was a top priority - and we also bought our ground back, which we didnt own at the time. That cost about £20-25m, and this time we dont have to do that - we are debt-free.Its fair to say well have an extra pound or two, so we can give it an extra push, whilst maintaining that balance between trying and stay in it whilst knowing if we dont, well have a future for the club. On the financial significance of earning promotion, Garlick confirmed Burnley would receive an unprecedented cash injection from the Premier League.Its well documented that the club finishing bottom gets just shy of £100m, so in black and white terms, that is what its worth to us, he explained. The football club is the cathedral for the town, the fans come there to worship and their prayers have been answered. Burnley chairman, Mike Garlick There are other spin offs, sponsorships, extra people visiting the town - its had its tough times so this can only help. The last time we were in the Premier League, we had to find a balance between trying to stay in it, and investing for the future and making sure in five years time we still had a club, and making sure we could still pay the wages.There are lots of examples of Premier League clubs who have been in it, got relegated, and that are now struggling. We know who they are and dont want to be one of those clubs. Sean Dyche has been a revealation, according to Mike Garlick Garlick paid tribute to manager Dyche, who was able to help the club deal with the disappointment of relegation, and secure an immediate return, seemingly stronnger than when they were promoted two years ago. Parker Ehinger Jersey. We owe him everything, Garlick admitted. From the day we hired him almost four years ago, hes been a revelation. The main element he brings is the element of camaraderie, teamwork and hard work. All of those things come together, and if you havent got that, you arent going to win anything. Its great for the fans and the town. The football club is the cathedral for the town, the fans come there to worship and their prayers have been answered. Highlights from Burnleys win over QPR in the Sky Bet Championship Burnleys promotion may have been slightly overshadowed by the incredible achievement of Leicester, who won the Premier League hours after Burnleys promotion to the top flight was confirmed.Garlick was quick to send his congratulations to the newly crowned champions, but warned his clubs supporters not to expect a title push at Turf Moor next season. Leicester Citys Premier League win is an inspiration to teams like Burnley It must be fantastic, and well done to them, but if youre suggesting next year we might go and win it, I think that might be difficult! I think if you look back at the last 20 years, its almost been predictable what the top four is going to be, and that has certainly changed this season, he said.I dont think youll get a Leicester winning Premier League every season, but the top four or five clubs might be different over the next five to 10 years. Its well documented that the money is going up in the Premier League, and the differential between the top and the bottom clubs has narrowed.Watch Burnley attempt to wrap up the Sky Bet Championship title when they travel to Charlton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 12pm. Also See: Dyche willing to spend Burnley secure promotion Holloway lauds genius Dyche Dyche: Unbelievable season Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '