Speaking in a recent interview, a WWE star spoke about being off TV for several months until returning last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Until the September 28 episode of Raw, Robert Roode’s last match was at the March 8 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, as he was in Canada and unable to travel into the US for shows.
Roode addressed his absence in an interview with TVInsider, saying:
“I had a lot of free time on my hands. The travel ban made it difficult for me to get to work every week, [so] I’ve been a fan. I’ve been sitting at home on my couch watching WWE Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and catching some NXT here and there. It was a long layoff, around seven months. [There was] a lot of downtime to heal up physically and mentally and [a lot of] just wanting to get back to work. Thankfully, last week was my opportunity.
“It was definitely different. I’ve been in this business for more than 20 years. This is the longest period of time I’ve been off and at home. When your lifestyle is like this for 15, 20 years, it’s a hard adjustment. In a way, it was enjoyable to not live out of a suitcase and get to spend time with family. [But] the circumstances [were] different this time with the pandemic and being forced to stay home. It wasn’t because of injury. The first couple of months, I definitely missed doing what I’m used to doing every week. This business is in my blood. It’s a passion. You miss the camaraderie, the schedule and life on the road, in a weird way. I’m happy to be back.”
Roode’s comeback match was for the WWE Title against Drew McIntyre, with McIntyre retaining. On tonight’s Raw, Roode teams with Dolph Ziggler & Randy Orton against Drew McIntyre & Raw Tag Team Champions the Street Profits in a six-man tag team match.
Speaking about the match, Roode said:
“I’m looking forward to getting the band back together with Ziggler and Randy, who is at the top of his game as well. And getting to be in there with the Street Profits, the Raw Tag Team Champions for quite a while now. They are two talented kids. I’m really looking forward to having this match.”