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
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