JAKE ROBERTS RELEASE
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
Jake Roberts
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
JTG
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
Rock
It is no secret that WWE would love for the Rock to be the centerpiece attraction at Wrestlemania 31. However, the possibility of that happening is becoming more and more unclear by the day. The studios have decided to move the release date of Fast and Furious 7, which features Rock in a big role, up a bit. It will now be shown in the theaters a few days after Wrestlemania. That means that the Rock will be needed to travel the world to do promotion for the film. His availability to WWE is in question.
July 10, 2014
Vince McMahon
When WWE stocks tanked really badly earlier this year, there were rumors floating around that Vince McMahon wanted his company to cut approximately $20 million in spending. That number has now been confirmed. No word yet on how close WWE has gotten to that goal, but the release of several performers from their contracts helped out quite a bit. More wrestlers could be let go in the near future to get closer to the $20 million mark.
July 7, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Anyone that follows professional wrestling closely, knows that WWE performers spend a ridiculous amount of time on the road for the company. Vickie Guerrero became one of the latest people to grow weary of that lifestyle and requested her release from her contract. Now that she is free of that hectic obligation, the former WWE diva is now on vacation in Hawaii.
July 6, 2014
Drew McIntyre
While a lot of fans were under the impression that he would be on the receiving end of a contract release along with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater has managed to survive and is still with WWE. Unfortunately, though, the company really does not have any plans for him at the moment. He's basically just a filler guy at live events, teaming up with various partners for the time being.
July 6, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the company has been undergoing budget cuts, a lot of things are changing in WWE. In addition to several long time performers being given a release from their contract, Vince McMahon and company have also scaled things back on the WWE Network. Tough Enough has been pushed back, and there might not be a second season of Legends House. At one point in time, it was a certainty that the show would be receiving another season.
July 6, 2014
David Otunga
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
Cameron
Sensing that they were going to receive quite a bit of backlash for overreacting to the arrest and having double standards for their performers, WWE has decided to reinstate Emma after giving her a release earlier in the day. Some have cited the previous arrest of Jack Swagger and Cameron, who actually attempted to bribe a police officer, as a reason why WWE was forced to change their minds.
July 2, 2014
Emma
A day after she was arrested for shoplifting, WWE has released Emma from her contract. There were those in the company that believed that she would be allowed to ride out the storm because the item stolen was not very expensive, but it turns out that Vince McMahon and company needed to make an example of her. Since she was not very high up on the card, it was easier for WWE to release her.
July 2, 2014
Jillian Hall
Through social media, Jillian Hall revealed to her fans that she is back to working on an autobiography. There is some skepticism as to how well the book will sell, as her name value drops the longer she has been away from WWE. It has been nearly four years since her release from the company. It also does not appear to be much interest from TNA in signing her, either. That will make it much more difficult for her to move the books.
June 29, 2014
Bo Dallas
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bo Dallas had gotten married. Now, the identity of the bride has been discovered. It's Sarah Backman, a former WWE developmental diva. She's more known to the world as one of the top female arm wrestlers of all time. Sarah requested her release from the company a couple of months back after having quite the lackluster tenure in the developmental program.
June 28, 2014
Evan Bourne
When he received his release from WWE, Evan Bourne immediately contacted ROH and told them that he was available for work. ROH, however, took the smart approach and contacted WWE to get things in writing. During the conversation, WWE informed ROH that Bourne has not been cleared to work for their company. Bourne was flown out to the show, but had to remain backstage.
June 27, 2014
Josh Mathews
Yesterday, Josh Mathews received his release from WWE, losing his dream job because the company needed to save money. The announcer decided that he was not going to just sit around and mope. Instead, Mathews is backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping, which is taking place in New York City. The belief is that he is gauging to see if there is any interest from TNA in signing him to a contract.
June 26, 2014
Drew McIntyre
During a recent interview, Jinder Mahal revealed that he was surprised by his WWE release. He stated that he and Drew McIntyre had no signs from management that they were on the bubble. Mahal noted that 3MB, which currently only consists of Heath Slater and Hornswoggle, was booked on a lot of events, so they felt that their job security was not a concern at the time. WWE, however, needed to cut cost.
June 26, 2014
Josh Mathews
It looks like WWE is not done handing out pink slips to their employees. Josh Mathews becomes the latest person to receive a release from the company. He was a bit of a utility person backstage, but most will remember him as an interviewer. Locker room morale might take a bit of a hit since Mathews was well liked and his enthusiasm for the WWE product was a bit infectious.
June 25, 2014
Drew McIntyre
Since WWE owns the name, Jinder Mahal is going by a different moniker now that he has been given a release and is looking for work on the independent wrestling circuit. He will now be known as Raj Singh. While he is taking bookings through an agent, it's interesting to note that he has not teamed up with Drew McIntyre in an attempt to be signed as a package.
June 24, 2014
JTG
When WWE announced that they were releasing several performers from their main roster earlier this month, it caught a few of them by surprise. JTG, however, was well prepared for his release. He had been expecting it for quite some time now. There was an incident a while back where he received major backstage heat from management for speaking out about payment. Since then, his days with WWE were numbered. JTG recently revealed to TMZ that he had started planning around the release way before it took place.
June 23, 2014
Great Muta
While WWE did not feel that he was good enough for the main roster, Yoshi Tatsu still has a couple of suitors left in the industry. Shortly after his contract release, the Japanese star was contacted by All Japan Pro Wrestling and Wrestle-1, which is owned by the Great Muta, about returning to his home country. Rumors are floating around that Tatsu would prefer to stay in the United States, so he may explore his options here first before making a decision to return home.
June 23, 2014
Bobby Lashley
A big reason why Bobby Lashley was given the TNA World Heavyweight Championship this week is because he is viewed as a marketing asset. The company immediately sent out a press release to inform them that Lashley had become the new champion. TNA is touting his accomplishments as a collegiate athlete, military personnel, mixed martial arts and professional wrestling to the media.
June 20, 2014
Drew McIntyre
As many of you already know by now, Drew McIntyre, who was once viewed as a future world champion in WWE by both Vince McMahon and the fans, received his release from the company earlier this month. The talented and underrated performer will now be forced to use a different name if he wishes to continue in the professional wrestling industry because WWE owns the trademark. The belief is that he will wrestle under his real name for the time being.
June 20, 2014
Jake Roberts
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
Scott Hall
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
Jake Roberts
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
Jake Roberts
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
Diamond Dallas Page
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
Diamond Dallas Page
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
Lita
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
Christian
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
Ultimate Warrior
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