Robert Francis Roode Jr. is a 44-year-old Canadian professional wrestler. He is currently signed to the WWE and performs on SmackDown under his real name, Robert Roode.
Roode began his wrestling career after training in Ontario, Canada. His debut match was in June 1998 under the ring name, “Total” Lee Awesome. He wrestled for various Canadian wrestling promotions and the Puerto Rican promotion, World Wrestling Council. Between 1998 and 2004, Roode also worked a series of dark matches for the WWE.
In 2004, Robert Roode began wrestling for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He won the NWA World Tag Team Championship, was a six-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, and he also won the World Tag Team Championship and the TNA King of the Mountain Championship one time.
Roode Signs WWE Contract
Roode signed with WWE in 2016 and was assigned to the developmental territory, NXT. In January 2017, Roode defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to become the NXT Champion. He lost the title to Drew McIntyre on August 19 which also marked his first singles loss in NXT.
Robert Roode was drafted to the main roster and made his debut on SmackDown in August 2017. In January 2018, Roode defeated Jinder Mahal in the finals of an eight man tournament to win the United States Championship.
In December 2018, Roode and Chad Gable defeated AOP and captured the RAW Tag Team Championships. Roode and Gable lost the titles in February 2019 to the Revival. In May 2019, Roode defeated Titus O’Neill for the 24/7 title but lost it the same night to R-Truth.
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler Tag Team Champs
In September 2019, Roode teamed with Dolph Ziggler and defeated Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman for the RAW Tag Team Championship titles at Clash of Champions. They lost the titles the following month to The Vikings.
Robert Roode was traded to Monday Night RAW on June 22, 2020. At the WWE Draft in October 2020, Robert Roode was traded back to WWE SmackDown. On the January 8th 2021 episode of SmackDown, Robert Roode and Ziggler defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. This would mark the team’s first SmackDown Tag Team Championship, second tag team championship overall as a team, and Roode’s third tag team championship as an individual.
At WrestleMania BackLash, Ziggler and Roode lost the WWE SmackDown Championships to Dominik and Rey Mysterio.
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- Border City Wrestling
- BCW Can-Am Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- BCW Can-Am Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- NWA Shockwave
- NWA Cyberspace Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA Shockwave Internet Championship (1 time)
- Prime Time Wrestling
- PTW Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Real Action Wrestling
- RAW Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- TNA King of the Mountain Championship (1 time)
- TNA World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- TNA World Tag Team Championship (6 times)
- Bound for Glory Series (2011)
- Team 3D Invitational Tag Team Tournament (2009)
- TNA Tag Team Championship Series (2010)
- TNA Tournament of Champions (2013)
- Twin Wrestling Entertainment
- TWE Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Universal Wrestling Alliance
- UWA Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- UWA Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- NXT Championship (1 time)
- SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- WWE RAW Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- WWE 24/7 Championship (1 time)
- WWE United States Championship Tournament (2017–2018)