During a recent interview, Jake Roberts acknowledged that he unlikely would have made it to the top if not for the snake gimmick. The WWE legend also revealed that he was and still is afraid of snakes. Roberts came up with the idea when he was extremely stoned one night. He took the idea to management, and they absolutely loved it, so he ran with it to get a push. Roberts has a long history of substance abuse, so it's not that shocking.
March 17, 2016
To give you an idea of just how shady the professional wrestling business used to be, Randy Savage was said to have been paranoid about doing the segment where Jake Roberts ties him up and lets the snake bite him in the arm. The idea was created by Vince McMahon. Savage had issues trusting McMahon, so he had Roberts get the snake to bite himself backstage to make sure that it wasn't poisonous. He didn't want to find out on camera.
March 13, 2016
While doing an interview to promote Jake Roberts and his new film, Diamond Dallas Page revealed that Scott Hall once threatened to walk away from WCW if Eric Bischoff did not go along with their plan for pushing DDP into the main event scene during his feud with the nWo. Things worked out quite alright for all sides involved since DDP ended up becoming one of the most popular performers in the industry at that time.
October 13, 2015
Earlier this week, Jake Roberts was a guest on the podcast show that Steve Austin does weekly. One of his comments might gain him some backstage heat with Triple H. Roberts vented on the show and stated that a heel using a sledgehammer as a weapon is a bad idea. The WWE legend states that doing so shows a lack of ring psychology, something that HHH takes a lot of pride in having.
September 23, 2015
During a podcast interview with Steve Austin, Jake Roberts revealed the origin of his Snake nickname. He claims that it was given to him by Paul Orndorff because Roberts kept sneaking behind his back and stealing his ring rats. Orndorff kept calling him a snake, so that nickname stuck. Roberts confessed that the snake gimmick made all of the difference in the world when it comes to his popularity and longevity in the business.
September 18, 2015
During a recent interview, Bret Hart was asked about performers that helped him when he was moving up the ladder in WWE. He listed Roddy Piper as someone that was of tremendous help to him. More interestingly, though, he made it a point to list Jake Roberts as someone that did not bother to help, even when the opportunity presented itself for Roberts to help Hart become a star.
September 7, 2015
After years of living on the edge, Jake Roberts warmed the hearts of professional wrestling fans when he was able to finally quit alcohol and drugs. He has been feeling a lot better since doing that. Life has gotten back on track. Now, the WWE legend wants to get rid of yet another one of his vices. Through social media, he informed his fans that he is going to try to stop smoking cigarettes.
August 25, 2015
For quite some time now, Jake Roberts has been yearning for an in ring return to WWE. However, that appears to be in jeopardy now because the inventor of the DDT is having issues with his hips. Through social media, he revealed that he has been meeting with various doctors for a prognosis. It looks like surgery is going to be required to repair the damage.
August 19, 2015
In a sign that he is still relevant to the mainstream audience, Jake Roberts has revealed that his documentary will be released in theaters. It will not be a nationwide release, however. Only certain markets will be showing the film. That is still considered a huge victory, as independent films have a hard time getting aired in theaters that normally prefer movies from the big studios.
August 18, 2015