JAKE ROBERTS DEVELOPMENTAL
Name
Jake Roberts
Real Name
Aurelian Smith
Date of Birth
May 30, 1955
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1975
Kenta Kobayashi
Reports have surfaced that Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi are going to be promoted to the main roster very soon. The two of them are established international stars, and management is not going to have them languishing in the developmental program. WWE knows that the promotion might upset some of the guys that have been in WWE NXT for a while, but it is a move that they want to do.
September 30, 2014
Prince Devitt
Since WWE likes to own the copyright to the names of their performers, most everyone is given a new moniker when they sign a contract. Prince Devitt is no exception. The international star will now be using the name Finn Balor while he works through the developmental phase. Depending on how fans react to the name, Devitt will more than likely be bringing that name with him to the main roster.
September 25, 2014
Ashley Flair
Earlier this month, it was revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25,000 a year. It has now been discovered that the amount is only for the male performers. The divas in WWE NXT, such as Ashley Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks, are paid $50,000 a year, which is twice as much. The reasoning behind that is because management feels that the girls have more expenses in maintaining their looks.
September 18, 2014
Darren Young
While the hot rumors are pointing to Darren Young being eventually revealed by WWE as the man underneath the bunny suit, a lot of fans have been wondering who has been portraying the character on television as of late. Reports have surfaced that developmental wrestler Sami Zayn has been the one in the suit. He apparently portrayed the character on Monday Night Raw and at live events.
September 17, 2014
Triple H
Professional wrestling and football have long had a connection, as a lot of players from the gridiron have successfully made the switch to the squared circle. Triple H wants that tradition to continue, so WWE is now targeting more football players to join their developmental program. While there are a couple of guys already on the roster with athletic backgrounds, the company is looking for guys with more name value. WWE is also willing to pay these guys more money than the wrestlers.
September 15, 2014
Adrian Neville
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
Adrian Neville
Last week, wrestling fans were dazzled by Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd during a tag team match on Monday Night Raw. You can expect more of that in the near future, as the WWE NXT stars are being booked for more television appearances. Reports have surfaced that Triple H is the one pushing management to feature the developmental wrestlers more frequently.
September 13, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
Ashley Flair
There are rumors floating around that a title change could be taking place in WWE NXT very soon. Bayley might be given the women's title during the middle part of September. Reports are floating around that Ashley Flair is on the verge of being given a promotion to the main roster in about a month, so she would need to drop the belt to someone else in developmental.
August 28, 2014
Kevin Steen
After finishing off his commitments, Kevin Steen has now officially reported for duty with WWE. The former ROH champion posted on Twitter that it was his first day at the WWE Performance Center. While he is viewed as one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit, the belief is that management will keep him in developmental, so he can simplify his in ring style to suit the audience.
August 25, 2014
Yoshi Tatsu
When Yoshi Tatsu was given a release by WWE, he was devastated by it because he had been working so hard in developmental to get back to the main roster. However, he is not one to give up on a wrestling career. Reports have surfaced that he will be heading back overseas to sign a contract with New Japan after he finishes up his commitment on the independent circuit.
August 24, 2014
Kevin Steen
While online fans are quite aware that Kevin Steen was one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit over the last couple of years, WWE is not treating him any more special than other performers that they have in the developmental program. Management views him as just another wrestler, and they're going to keep pushing for him to lose weight before giving him much of a chance at a promotion.
August 13, 2014
AJ Lee
Rumors are going around that Ashley Flair has moved to the front of the line for a promotion from developmental to the main roster in WWE. There are some roadblocks in her way, though. Total Divas is set to become a major focus again very soon, so the writers will put an emphasis on them when writing Monday Night Raw. Flair might also have to wait a bit longer if Paige picks up more momentum in her feud with AJ Lee.
August 12, 2014
Kevin Steen
Rumors have persisted over the last several months that Kevin Steen was set to sign a developmental contract with WWE. It looks to be official now, as the former ROH champion has posed for a picture with Triple H while wearing a WWE NXT shirt. The belief is that he will be focusing more on his weight and physique than actually training for the in ring stuff.
August 12, 2014
Ashley Flair
Ever since his return to WWE, Ric Flair has just been floating around, making random appearances and working as a special guest referee at live events. It looks like management may have something for him to do very soon, as Ashley Flair has reportedly been earmarked as the next developmental wrestler to be called up to the main roster.
August 7, 2014
Adam Rose
Despite proving himself to be a valuable commodity on the international circuit for WWE, talks of promoting Sami Zayn to the main roster have died down tremendously as of late. With Bo Dallas and Adam Rose struggling to gain a connection with the audience, the belief is that management is hesitant to bring another person up from developmental at this time.
August 2, 2014
Travis Tyler
When Vince McMahon announced that they were releasing seven percent of their workforce due to the under performing WWE Network, many within the company feared for their jobs. Today, five developmental wrestlers were given their releases. Garrett Dylan, Travis Tyler, Slate Randall, Mac Miles and Dani Jackson are no longer under contract with WWE.
August 1, 2014
Alberto Del Rio
A day before the company is expected to eliminate a lot of jobs, WWE has come to terms on the release of Ricardo Rodriguez, who stated that the decision belonged to him. The former manager of Alberto Del Rio reiterated that he wanted to be an in ring performer again. Rodriguez had been training in developmental in hopes that management would finally give him a chance. When that opportunity appeared dismal, he opted to move on to the next chapter of his career.
July 30, 2014
Tensai
With his in ring career fully behind him now, Tensai has been slowly gaining power backstage in WWE. He impressed management with his ability to function as a color commentator. Now, he has convinced them to let him have a bigger part in the company by training the developmental wrestlers. WWE likes the fact that Tensai has worked overseas and is familiar with a lot of different styles of wrestling.
July 26, 2014
Jake Roberts
Earlier this month, professional wrestling fans were given quite the scare when Jake Roberts passed out on a plane ride and had to spend a couple of days in the hospital. While he has recovered tremendously from that ordeal, the WWE legend has informed fans that there are still some minor issues with his brains that doctors are tending to.
September 26, 2014
Jake Roberts
In addition to making an appearance at an independent wrestling show produced by Kizarny, Jake Roberts also spent the time to help train some of the wrestlers at the event. The WWE legend even got physically involved in the training, so that's great news for those of us who were quite concerned when he was in the hospital for a week.
September 11, 2014
Jake Roberts
Good news for Jake Roberts. The WWE legend has recovered well enough that the hospital allowed him to be released on Saturday. Having been laid up in a hospital bed for approximately a week, Roberts was not interested in being still. He attended an independent wrestling event ran by Kizarny, whom he will stay with in Las Vegas for a couple of days before heading back to Atlanta, and greeted the audience.
September 7, 2014
Jake Roberts
Looks like Jake Roberts is doing a whole lot better now. Kizarny revealed to fans that the WWE legend will be moved out of the intensive care unit very soon. Roberts will remain in the hospital for a couple of days after that, however, so that doctors can keep him under examination. Once he is healthy enough to leave the hospital, Roberts will be staying with Kizarny in Las Vegas to recuperate some more before traveling back to Atlanta.
September 5, 2014
Kizarny
Kizarny provided an update on Jake Roberts, and it should put a smile on a lot of faces. The WWE legend is now able to breathe on his own, as doctors feel comfortable enough now to remove the ventilator that he was relying on. Kizarny also noted that Roberts can now speak again. Roberts is said to have asked for a steak, doughnut and milk shake as a joke.
September 3, 2014
Kizarny
Rumors are floating around that Jake Roberts is in a coma. A large reason for that is because his lawyer mentioned that he was in a "coma like state", and people misconstrued that for the WWE legend being in an actual coma. Kizarny also took to Facebook to further explain the situation. He stated that Roberts is heavily sedated because the procedure to combat pneumonia is pretty painful. Kizarny also reiterated that Roberts was not in a coma.
August 31, 2014
Jake Roberts
In a sign of just how popular and mainstream Jake Roberts was during the 1980s, several media outlets provided coverage of the WWE legend being sent to the hospital this week. TMZ does a good job of covering wrestling, so they were on the ball with the Roberts story. Huffington Post and USA Today, which does not feature much about the industry, even covered the story.
August 29, 2014
Jake Roberts
A status update on Twitter from Diamond Dallas Page, where he provides an update on the condition of Jake Roberts.
August 28, 2014
Kizarny
A status update on Twitter from Kizarny, where the former WWE star provides us with an update on Jake Roberts, who passed out on an airplane and has been unconscious at a Las Vegas hospital since then.
August 28, 2014
Jake Roberts
Some very bad news for Jake Roberts right now. The WWE legend was flying to Las Vegas for an event, but he passed out while on the plane. Roberts was immediately taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition. Reports are saying that he has yet to regain consciousness. Some are saying that Roberts has double pneumonia. His lungs are said to be filled with fluid, and there may be something wrong with his brain as well.
August 28, 2014
Jake Roberts
Some interesting news was recently revealed by Jake Roberts. The master of the DDT told fans that he initially did not want to be inducted during the same night as the Ultimate Warrior, as the two of them have had a longstanding backstage heat. Roberts also stated that he was going to avoid Warrior at the hall of fame ceremony. However, both sides decided to make up with one another instead.
August 3, 2014
Bray Wyatt
Long known as one of the best minds in professional wrestling, Jake Roberts is now putting some of that knowledge to good use. Rumors coming out of WWE is that he has been in frequent contact with Bray Wyatt, offering advice on how to tweak up and improve his character. Wyatt has been wanting to add more psychology to his act.
June 5, 2014
Jake Roberts
The Smackdown taping had some familiar faces backstage this week. Ric Flair, Scott Hall and Jake Roberts were all visiting the company yesterday. Hall, who was there with his son Cody Hall, was there to tape some footage for the WWE Network. Flair was rumored to be there to discuss his upcoming role with officials. Roberts stated that he was simply visiting since the show was in Atlanta.
May 28, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
A familiar face recently showed up at the Accountability Crib. Chris Jericho stopped by the house that is now famous for hosting Jake Roberts and Scott Hall as the duo cleaned up their lives, thanks in large part to the assistance of Diamond Dallas Page. Jericho was there to do a podcast interview with Roberts and DDP, which will be airing soon.
May 24, 2014
Scott Hall
There are a lot of rumors floating around right now about Scott Hall, with many believing that he has fallen off the wagon again after some vague comments from Jake Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page. We do know that Hall was in the hospital this week. While many are speculating that it has something to do with drugs or alcohol, the former Intercontinental Champion is stating that he was only there for a heart checkup.
May 24, 2014
Jake Roberts
After turning his life around, it appears that Scott Hall might be regressing a bit. News broke out recently that the former WWE star canceled out on an event in California. Hall cited medical issues as a reason. However, both Jake Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page have made statements recently that make it seem like there is more to the Hall situation than we currently know right now.
May 17, 2014
Ultimate Warrior
Through Twitter, Jake Roberts recently revealed that he and the Ultimate Warrior made up when both of the legendary performers were inducted into the WWE hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 week. Roberts did not mention much about the backstage heat between the two, but the master of the DDT did state that he was glad that a reconciliation happened before it was too late.
April 25, 2014
Scott Hall
During a recent interview, Diamond Dallas Page revealed that Jake Roberts no longer lives with him. Prior to moving out and getting his own place, the WWE legend was living for free with DDP, who was helping Roberts get his life back on track after years of addiction and abuse. Page had done the same thing for Scott Hall, who has been living on his own for the last year now.
April 23, 2014
Jake Roberts
After defeating drug and alcohol addiction, it looks like Jake Roberts has conquered another gigantic foe. The WWE hall of fame inductee has announced through Twitter that he is now cancer free. Roberts also stated that doctors are going to do another surgical procedure to make sure, but he is fairly certain that he has defeated the potentially deadly disease.
April 21, 2014
Jake Roberts
A video clip of Triple H calling Diamond Dallas Page to inform him that Jake Roberts would not be allowed to work Royal Rumble 2014, but that he would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during Wrestlemania 30.
April 11, 2014