A a lot can be accomplished over a short period of time. God created the entire universe in just seven days, just imagine what he could have done with a year. That comparison may be a little far fetched (it is Easter after all) but the Glorious One Bobby Roode certainly has had himself a humdinger of a year in professional wrestling.
What a difference a year makes…. 1 year ago today I defended the @WWENXT title against @ShinsukeN in his final NXT match on the eve of #Wrestlemania in Orlando. In one week we take the big stage in New Orleans competing for @WWE championships…. #Glorious pic.twitter.com/ujjodkfInw
— Robert Roode (@RealRobertRoode) April 1, 2018
Nakamura wasn’t even Roode’s first official title defense. That luxury went to Kassius Ohno, who in his return match would fall victim to the Glorious DDT. After Takeover Orlando Roode would go on to defend the gold against Roderick Strong at Full Sail and Hideo Itami in Chicago, and nearly pulled out a victory over his eventual successor Drew McIntyre in Brooklyn.
Roode would then jump up in the ranks and join the SmackDown Live roster, and eventually add his name to the long list of WWE United States Champions, defeating Jinder Mahal in the final round of a U.S. title tournament. However, his reign only lasted a short while, falling victim to an RKO from the Viper Randy Orton. Now, one week before his first WrestleMania, he prepares to capture gold once again.
A Glorious year indeed.