A name that has popped up in discussions backstage in WWE is Scott Hall. Management wants another big name performer to join Ultimate Warrior and Jake Roberts at the hall of fame cermony during Wrestlemania 30. The move would also enable WWE to promote their wellness program.
Royal Rumble 2014 is barely in the books now, but Jake Roberts, who publicly campaigned for a spot in the big match, has revealed that he has started training for Royal Rumble 2015. The WWE legend feels that it would provide some closure to be able to work one final match for the company.
It wasn't long after the official announcement of Jake Roberts being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania 30 that rumors surfaced who about who will be tasked with inducting the legendary performer. The first and most obvious name to spring up was Diamond Dallas Page, who helped Roberts turn his life around.
On Monday Night Raw, WWE announced that Jake Roberts will be inducted into the hall of fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend. He will be joining the Ultimate Warrior, who is headlining the class. Management waited until Roberts cleaned up his life before bringing him back.
"My guys showed me Warrior's tweets. I was trying to be entertaining with the radio show and took things too far, like I do too often. I have no business inferring anything negative about him. I apologize. He deserves the HOF and respect for what he accomplished in the business. But let me be clear. There is no hypocrisy here. I am not preaching anything. I am sharing my recovery path to show others what is possible. So no pity, bathrooms stalls or groveling. I am doing great. I am an addict and alcoholic working every single day to repair and make the best out of the life I have left. I make mistakes, like that comment, but my recovery has been amazing. Jim does not know this Jake. Without realizing or intending to, I fired the first shot and will take Jim's response without any negativity towards him. I apologize and am putting behind me."
- Jake Roberts to Ultimate Warrior
"Well I think in Randy's case, I think Randy he was pissed. I don't think he really wanted to go in. That's just my observation from a far. I never heard that from Randy but I'm sure now that the great Randy Savage has passed on, at some point he will be put in there. But I think there was--you have to accept. You have to go there and show up. And there was some heat there. And I think it was just about to get fixed too, just like the Warrior had a lot of heat there. I think he absolutely would've gone in. Maybe this year cause Randy was just coming out--when he died, Randy was just starting to come out. About to do a comic-con and stuff; do some autograph signings and stuff. So I think you would have seen him in there. Right after; not too long after his death, I don't think it had to happen right away but I would imagine that Randy will be in there. And I believe that Jake Roberts will get in. I think I'll get in. I think there will be a lot of guys that will get in there from Kevin Nash, Scott Hall. I think a lot of those guys will get in. Sometimes it just takes time and I think that Jake doing his turn around that he's done over these last 16-17 months--or 16 months I think it is--people are buzzing everywhere about Jake. So I think at some point, it would be awesome if it was this year but who knows? You never know."
"Are you kidding me? Abso-f**king-lutely. I mean you have to look at how guys drew. And there are fans that don't like the Warrior. There are plenty of fans that don't like Diamond Dallas Page. I get that. And the people who don't like him, really don't like him. But the people who love the Warrior; they f**king love the Warrior. And that was really obvious when we did in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia--they can be the most critical fans on the planet. Me and Jake Roberts we smoked through autographs while we were there for those couple of days, but Warrior and Hogan came in and were doing the 100 to 150 dollar autograph thing and that line went out the door all day long. So you say what you want about Warrior, but the cat is true. He brought his energy. He brought a dynamic to wrestling at that time that was original. And I wasn't a big fan of his interviews but people fricking loved them! People loved that guy. I was a Jake Roberts guy back in the '80's, so I skate more that way."
The return on Monday Night Raw was originally designed as a one shot deal for Jake Roberts. He is not back with WWE on a permanent basis, but the company is keeping the option open of utilizing him again at the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.
When Dean Ambrose was caught on camera smiling as Jake Roberts placed a snake on him, fans thought that the WWE star was simply marking out at the experience, but it has now been revealed that he was laughing because CM Punk informed him that the snake defecated on his chest.
Jake Roberts revealed that he was hiding in a bus for most of the night to prevent anyone from knowing that he was going to be making his return on Monday Night Raw. Roberts also made sure to not tell anyone but Diamond Dallas Page about his return.
"I appreciate CM Punk so much more now than I ever have. He kneeled down over at the side, got completely out of the picture and allowed me to have that moment. It was incredible. It shows people what a true professional he is. He really raised himself up on my list of people that I respect."
While the Jake Roberts return during Monday Night Raw created quite a buzz with fans, WWE has opted to remove the scene from the Bottom Line show that is aired in the United Kingdom. No word yet on why management decided not to show that.
While he still hopes to work the Royal Rumble later on this month, Jake Roberts has been pushing for WWE to let him work a program with Bray Wyatt, either as an opponent or as a mentor. No word yet on whether officials are interested in the idea at this time.
Justin Roberts revealed on Twitter that he was stuck at the airport, but he didn't it mind it too much because it enabled him the opportunity to catch up with Jake Roberts.
Many fans noted how much healthier Jake Roberts looked during his return to Monday Night Raw this week, and it now seems that the WWE legend is healthy enough to work a match, as he has been booked against Manu at an indies show in Pennsylvania in March.
The feeling backstage during the Old School episode of Monday Night Raw was that Jake Roberts was a shoo-in to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during Wrestlemania 30 weekend now that he has re-established a relationship with management.
After a little war of words through Twitter, it appears that Mark Henry and Jake Roberts, who finally made his return to WWE in a cameo appearance, have made amends. The two of them were spotted talking backstage and even took a picture together.
When Diamond Dallas Page made an appearance on Monday Night Raw this week, his website received a bit of a spike in traffic. However, when Jake Roberts appeared in the final segment of the show, WWE fans caused the yoga website to be shut down entirely.
While he is certainly open to and eager for a return to WWE, the company simply is not interested in Jake Roberts right now. Management didn't even bother to call the legendary performer to show up on the upcoming Old School episode of Monday Night Raw.
Jake Roberts posted a picture of himself with former WCW star Marc Mero.
A picture of the Brooke Hogan wardrobe malfunction during the Impact Wrestling segment where she got married to Bully Ray.
A little war of words is going on through Twitter, as WWE legend Jake Roberts has called out Mark Henry for burying his good friend Kizarny a couple of years back. Henry actually took the time to defend himself in a tweet, which has increased interest.
"Daily questions on Rumble. Here is my official statement. I have had no contact from WWE. I publicized returning at the Royal Rumble as my goal about a year ago. Looking back, setting goals that are entirely in someone else's hands was not the best idea. My advice, and my practice now is to set goals that you can control. Do your best to control your destiny. If the Rumble happens, I will do my best to put on a memorable performance. If they want to keep me around, I know I can do some cool stuff. It if doesn't, I still have plenty to look forward to. That's all on the Rumble and WWE for a while. Please enjoy the rest of these holidays with your loved ones. Thanks again for all the support. Remember, the Snake ALWAYS bites back."
Very few people are taking Jake Roberts seriously when he talks about purchasing TNA, as many feel that the venture would be simply overwhelming for the WWE legend.
"He came to me and he says, 'I hear you know all the great strip joints,' I said, 'yes, I do, worldwide,' he says, 'I'll travel with you'. so, he tried to hang with me, and it's a chemical world, so I was cheating. After about three or four weeks, we went to TV and Vince looked at him and said, 'Mark, I don't think you need the makeup today, you look like hell. Jake is killing you and a few days later, he was in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. Finally, I had to smarten him up and tell him how I was doing it, and we then became very, very good friends. I have all the respect in the world for Mark. He has earned everything that he has gotten. He is a unique character, I love the fact that he upholds kayfabe, just a great guy, and of course he was there for the stripper times with me, and we did it well."
The screen went blank temporarily during Monday Night Raw this week, as WWE quickly covered up a wardrobe malfunction that Aksana had during the big divas tag team match.
"I guarantee you if I get the opportunity (to own TNA), in a matter of six months I'll be pissing Vince McMahon off. My numbers will beat his, I guarantee you that."
Through his Twitter account, Jake Roberts teased that he might purchase TNA since WWE does not want him back.
Since WWE may receive heat for the incident, Brie Bella issued a public apology for her wardrobe malfunction, where her nipple was exposed.