Bobby Roode's wrestling journey might be taking a turn akin to Tyson Kidd and Jason Jordan — former in-ring competitors who, due to career-ending injuries, transitioned to essential backstage roles. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently revealed that Roode has commenced his tenure as a road agent at WWE's televised events.
This comes shortly after the wrestling community caught glimpses of him in Detroit, Michigan, during the lead-up to the much-anticipated SummerSlam event. While Roode hasn’t made an official announcement regarding his retirement, he underwent his second neck fusion surgery in just one year this past May.
Coincidentally, the procedure took place on his 47th birthday. Post-surgery, Roode seemed hopeful about his recovery prospects, yet he remained silent about any specific timeline for returning to the squared circle. If rumors hold weight and Roode has transitioned to a full-time backstage producer position, he aligns himself with wrestling legends like Kidd, Jordan, Billy Kidman, Michael Hayes, Molly Holly, Abyss, Jamie Noble, and Shane Helms.
Each of these renowned figures traded their in-ring boots for backstage headsets, playing instrumental roles in mentoring the next generation and orchestrating riveting matches for WWE TV audiences.
Roode's Final WWE Showdowns
The last time fans saw Roode in action was against Omos during a WWE live event in Amarillo, Texas, dated June 25, 2022.
His presence graced the television screens for the last time in the pre-WrestleMania 38 Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal during the April 1, 2022, "WWE SmackDown" episode. Prior to this, Roode teamed up with his erstwhile tag partner, Dolph Ziggler, on the "WWE NXT" platform, adding spice to Ziggler's "NXT" Championship face-off with Bron Breakker.
If the curtain has indeed descended on Roode's illustrious in-ring saga, he leaves behind an unparalleled legacy. Boasting titles like a 2-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, "NXT" Champion, WWE United States Champion, and 3-time WWE Tag Team Champion, his "glorious" career in wrestling remains etched in the annals of sports entertainment.