Tuesday, 04 October 2011 09:50
Ryan Rider 1-on-1 with Bobby Roode
How does it feel to be the #1 Contender for the TNA Heavyweight Championship of the World?
It feels great. It�s been a long time coming. For the past 13 years I�ve been in this business sacrificing a lot. Paying my dues, honing my crafts. 9 years with Impact Wrestling has been a long time. I�ve seen a lot of guys come and go. There�s nobody better to get in the ring with than Kurt Angle. My first opportunity for a world title shot in the ring with that guy, it�s going to be something special.
What can we expect from the match itself?
It�s going to be an amazing match. Kurt [Angle]�s record speaks for himself. A lot of people recognize me as a tag team guy from Beer Money and my early Team Canada days. The past few months I�ve made a name for myself. These past few weeks on Impact having solo matches against some of the best wrestlers in the company - Kazarian and this past week AJ Styles. My confidence level is at a high right now. I�ve been studying a lot of Kurt�s matches. I�m prepared for the best wrestling match of my career. It�s going to be a very special night for me and I�m really looking forward to it.
You�ve really come a long way from your Team Canada days to where you are today�
It�s been a long road. It�s been fun at the same time. 9 years in TNA; through the ups and the downs. Coming in as Team Canada was a lot of fun. From representing my country to where I am today it�s been incredible. I�m living my dream. And you never know if I�ll bring back one of my old hockey sticks for Bound for Glory. I�m a big hockey fan. Hockey was always my first love. There�s always a hockey stick around.
Thoughts on returning to Canada (Montreal) on October 7th:
I�m looking forward to it. A few years ago we did one of our very first live events during Christmas holiday in Montreal. We had a great crowd there. The fans there are great. Montreal is a great city, I love it. I know a lot of the guys are looking forward to it. A lot of guys in the company have never been to Quebec or experienced the city of Montreal. There are other wrestling companies that have been there numerous times. In my opinion, TNA is definitely a different wrestling company. We have the best locker room of talent in the entire world in this business. We�re going to show that.
Where do Beer Money and Fortune stand at this point with you becoming a singles wrestler?
There�s always going to be Beer Money. Beer Money will never die. James and I have invested too much time and we�ve invested our heart and soul into the team. We literally were thrown together 4 years ago in a situation where creatively there wasn�t a lot for us. He and I made the team work. We got it over; we made it what it is. I don�t think there will ever be a time where Beer Money will ever go away. Beer Money will always be remembered � we�ve done a lot together.
As far a Fortune, we�ve had our problems but Fortune is family. Sometimes family fights but Fortune will stick around.
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The Best of Five Series with the Motor City Machine Guns will probably go down in history as one of the best tag team matches of all time. What can you say about the Team 3D matches? What made Beer Money what it was was our ability to adapt to different styles and have great matches with the X division guys like MCMG or heavyweight guys like Team 3D. Our ability to adapt to different styles and to entertain the fans at the same time. Beer Money will never go away. No matter how successful Bobby Roode becomes on his own or James Storm becomes on his own, Beer Money will always live forever. Some day we will always get back together whether it be a month from now, a year from now, or 10 years from now - bring back Beer Money the way it should be.
What happened with Chris Harris?
Honest to G-d I�m not sure how it was supposed to pan out. There were some ideas thrown around. They brought Chris in for one match. Whether it was a decision made before or after the match they decided to go a different route. They tried it and obviously didn�t like it for whatever reason and they decided to go a different way. That�s all I can say about that situation.
How was it like working for the �Nature Boy� Ric Flair?
It�s a dream come true. I�ve been a Nature Boy fan my whole life. To be managed by Ric, to be mentored by Ric both on and off the screen was a blessing. It was an incredible feeling to see him at ringside, in my corner, to do the backstage interviews and to get to know the guy backstage. It was a great learning experience and something I will never forget.
Ric Flair is one of a kind and he can take a beating and he is still ticking. 60-something years old and he lives and breathes the business.
Thoughts on his co-headliner, Hogan vs Sting:
It�s going to be a big match, no doubt about it. It�s been built up quite heavily. It�s been quite documented how many back surgeries Hulk has had in the past year. Sting is still Sting; the guy has still got it. So it�s going to be an interesting match .Whether you�re a wrestling fan of the 80�s, 90�s, or this era you will be interested in it. Two of the biggest names in wrestling�s history for one more time, probably the final time. This may be the last time Hulk Hogan ever steps foot inside the ring.