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Bobby Roode says TNA 'has been stale for the last little while'

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New free agent Bobby Roode is rumored to be headed to WWE, and while we wait for news on where the 39 year old will next lace up the boots, his hometown newspaper in Canada caught up with him for some quotes on his big decision to leave the company he's been with for the last 12 years.

The Peterborough (Ontario) Examiner asked him about the move, and what the two-time TNA World champ was gracious, but also didn't exactly paint a flattering picture of Impact Wrestling:

It felt like it was the right time.

After almost 13 years in a wrestling company I felt like there was nothing really left for me to do there. I wanted to mutually part ways. I have nothing negative to say about TNA Wrestling. They treated me very, very well. It was just a matter of me being in a part of my life where I'm not sure TNA was the right fit for me anymore. The brand has been stale for the last little while and the growth wasn't there as it was in the early years.

As for what's next, Roode said he's free to go wherever he wants, but while he's received a few phone calls, he hasn't made any decisions yet:

This is my first 24 hours of freedom so I'm taking baby steps and enjoying some time at home.

The one thing I want to do is to find that passion again to wrestle. I kind of burnt out a little bit. Hopefully that will come back and you'll see me somewhere else real soon.

These quotes make it sound like the Beer Money vet didn't necessarily jump ship because of another offer, and there are rumors that he and Eric Young's exit was driven by Dixie Carter not offering the money the two long-time Impact stars felt they deserved.

Time will tell.

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