JAKE ROBERTS KICKOFF MATCH
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
Antonio Cesaro
In an action filled Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso retained the WWE tag team championship by defeating Diego, Fernando, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro in a fatal four way elimination tag team bout. Afterwards, Cesaro did a face turn after Swagger attempted to attack him for being pinned.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Despite being thrown into the kickoff match at Wrestlemania 30, Antonio Cesaro is the choice for Mick Foley when it comes to being the guy that will be given the big spotlight on the next episode of Monday Night Raw. Generally, WWE considers this episode to be the start of the new season, so they try to elevate someone up the ladder that evening.
April 6, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Rumor has it that there are several people backstage in WWE that are disappointed with how Antonio Cesaro is being utilized at Wrestlemania 30. Instead of being given a big singles match on the pay per view, he is working a kickoff match with Jack Swagger. It also features Jimmy Usu, Jey Uso, Fernando, Diego, Ryback and Curtis Axel.
April 4, 2014
Antonio Cesaro
Initially, the belief was that the tag team championships were going to be given some spotlight by WWE at their biggest pay per view of the year, but it has now been announced that Ryback, Curtis Axel, Fernando, Diego, Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso are being moved to the Wrestlemania 30 kickoff match spot.
April 1, 2014
Andre the Giant
Since time constraints might be an issue, there were talks earlier this week of putting the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as a kickoff match, but management wants to use it as a promotional vehicle, so it is now back on the main Wrestlemania 30 card. Many are expecting the segment to be heavily rushed, though.
March 19, 2014
Andre the Giant
While a lot of fans bought into the hype of the match since a legendary name was attached to it, WWE is viewing the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal as an afterthought. There is even a strong push to move it off the pay per view and utilized it as a kickoff match, despite several stars such as Ryback, Kofi Kingston, Big E Langston and Dolph Ziggler being rumored for spots.
March 15, 2014
Curtis Axel
Once you get into that WWE dog house, it's pretty hard to get out. Management has sent more messages to Ryback this month. First, he and Curtis Axel are utilized as a filler tag team during the Elimination Chamber 2014 kickoff match. This week, the two of them are paired up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre in an eight man tag team match on WWE Superstars.
February 26, 2014
Cody Rhodes
While many were under the impression that Cody Rhodes was being left off of the Elimination Chamber 2014 main card because of his knee injury, apparently, he is healthy enough to work, as WWE has placed him into the kickoff match. He will be teaming with Goldust in a tag team match against Ryback and Curtis Axel.
February 19, 2014
Darren Young
In case you missed the announcement on Monday Night Raw this week, Darren Young and Titus ONeil will be having their grudge match on the main Elimination Chamber 2014 pay per view next Sunday night. Many were under the belief that it was going to be the kickoff match, but management decided to step things up a bit.
February 19, 2014
Billy Gunn

During the kickoff match for Royal Rumble 2014, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn shocked the wrestling world when they were able to defeat Cody Rhodes and Goldust to become the new WWE tag team champions. Many were under the impression that their return was a temporary one.

January 26, 2014
Billy Gunn

Cody Rhodes and Goldust will be defending the WWE tag championships against Road Dogg and Billy Gunn before the Royal Rumble 2014 starts. The kickoff match was announced via the website, and there should be a mention of it on television tonight during Monday Night Raw.

January 20, 2014
Triple H
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
Ric Flair
Since they're both being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend, Scott Hall and Jake Roberts decided to throw a little party at the House of Blues in New Orleans on Friday night. Big Show, Diamond Dallas Page and Ric Flair were all on hand to celebrate with Hall and Roberts. All five of them even went up on the stage together.
April 6, 2014
Jake Roberts
There was a little bit of disappointment in the Jake Roberts induction speech earlier tonight, as the legendary former WWE star lost his voice before the hall of fame ceremony. He was unable to get his stories out without struggling. Many backstage were expecting him to give the best speech of the night because he is such a great story teller.
April 5, 2014
Paul Bearer
Every year, a couple of people within WWE are forced to miss the hall of fame induction ceremony because the company needs to keep the Axxess shows going. This year, Hornswoggle is going to be one of those people. He will be manning a booth while Jake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Scott Hall, Lita, Carlos Colon, Paul Bearer and Mr T are inducted.
April 5, 2014
Kizarny
A face that some fans might recognize at Wrestlemania 30 weekend is Kizarny. The former WWE star is there to support Jake Roberts, as he gets inducted into the hall of fame on Saturday night. The two of them have formed a very close friendship over the years. Kizarny is also going to be backstage to support his good friend Christian.
April 5, 2014
Mr T
A photo of the WWE Hall of Fame ring being given to Ultimate Warrior, Scott Hall, Jake Roberts, Carlos Colon, Lita, Mr T and to the family of Paul Bearer at Wrestlemania 30 weekend.
April 3, 2014
Vince McMahon
"People have to remember that an alcoholic and a drug addict can be known to tell a lie or two. I certainly did my share of it, with lashing out and was pretty ugly about it. For Vince McMahon to forgive and forget, maybe he hasn't forgotten, but at least he's forgiven, and to invite me into the WWE Hall of Fame, it's going to be an awesome, awesome moment." - Jake Roberts on his relationship with Vince McMahon
April 2, 2014
Jake Roberts
Long known as one of the most creative talkers that the professional wrestling industry has ever seen, Jake Roberts has revealed that he will not be using a written speech during his hall of fame induction at Wrestlemania 30. The legendary WWE star will simply be speaking from the heart, which has caused anticipation for the segment to go up even higher.
April 1, 2014
Jake Roberts
Over the weekend, Jake Roberts worked an independent wrestling show in Maryland, where the legendary WWE performer was victorious in a six man tag team match. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as many expected him to cancel out on the appearance because he recently underwent surgery to determine what type of cancer that he has.
March 24, 2014
Jake Roberts
Since a lot of wrestlers have been making a decent amount of money doing these conventions, Jake Roberts decided to contact the people in charge of the Wizard World Comic Con, as the WWE legend wanted to work the event in Chicago. He revealed on Twitter that he was rejected, as event promoters did not feel that he would be enough of a draw.
March 22, 2014
Jake Roberts
During a recent interview, Jake Roberts revealed that he never would have been chosen for a WWE Hall of Fame induction at Wrestlemania 30 had he not cleaned up his life. When choosing performers to honor, WWE makes sure that they are putting someone on a live microphone and camera that they can trust. The company wants to avoid a potentially embarrassing situation.
March 22, 2014
Jake Roberts
A picture of Jake Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page in a music studio, where it looks like the former WWE stars are singing a duet together.
March 19, 2014
Jake Roberts
There are some concerns within WWE right now that Jake Roberts might not be able to attend his hall of fame induction during Wrestlemania 30. Doctors are doing further tests to see what type of cancer he has. While he is trying to keep his spirits up, he does not feel like talking to people or being in public during this tough time.
March 8, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
During a recent interview, Diamond Dallas Page revealed that he has been filming a movie about the life of Jake Roberts. He noted that the project began approximately 18 months ago, and filming will conclude at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Wrestlemania 30. There is a chance that the film could be released later on this year.
March 7, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
One of the reasons why Diamond Dallas Page has been so willing to help Jake Roberts rehabilitate his life is because the veteran performer was the one that actually helped him get into professional wrestling after he had initially failed to do so. A chance meeting between the two led to DDP being able to secure a contract with the AWA.
March 7, 2014
Sean Waltman
While the heavily speculated hall of fame induction has yet to be announced by WWE, Sean Waltman has been telling fans as of late that he would be at Wrestlemania 30 to induct his good friend Scott Hall. The company is still trying to decide on his inclusion, as the class already includes Jake Roberts, Ultimate Warrior, Lita and Paul Bearer.
March 7, 2014
William Regal
The latest wrestler to jump on the stand up comedy bandwagon is Diamond Dallas Page. He is currently doing shows throughout Europe. DDP joins guys like Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Dolph Ziggler and William Regal in making the jump from the wrestling ring to the stage. He is still hoping to induct Jake Roberts into the hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30.
March 5, 2014
Jake Roberts
Details are being leaked about the surgery that Jake Roberts had earlier this week to remove cancer from his knee. The operation itself lasted approximately five hours. Doctors are concerned because they are not quite sure what type of cancer it is. However, they do believe that they were able to remove it during the early stages.
February 28, 2014
Diamond Dallas Page
Since he played an integral part in turning around the life of the legendary Jake Roberts, it has long been speculated that Diamond Dallas Page would be the one to induct him into the WWE hall of fame at Wrestlemania 30. Well, a press release issued by the company today has confirmed those speculations. DDP will also be doing yoga at the event.
February 27, 2014
Jake Roberts
Over the weekend, wrestling fans were devastated to learn that Jake Roberts was diagnosed with cancer in his knee. He helped alleviate a lot of the concerns by staying positive and vowing to defeat the disease. On Tuesday, he will be taking even further steps to conquer cancer by going in for surgery to have it removed.
February 24, 2014