|Jake "The Snake" Roberts|
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The WWE is two for two in its announcements of Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2014. First, the Ultimate Warrior, and now Jake "The Snake" Roberts. It's an honor that has been a long time coming for Roberts. His career has had plenty of ups and downs, and I'm glad he appears to be in control of his life and is taking his rightful place in the Hall of Fame.
My first memories of "The Snake" date back to his days in World Class Championship Wrestling. I had heard of him before, likely from the Apter magazines of the mid-80's. He showed up in WCCW as an evil, cold blooded figure, teaming up with Gino Hernandez and Chris Adams as that duo had been waging war with the very popular Von Erich family. I cringed the day Jake pinned Kerry Von Erich during a six-man tag team title match to win the belts for his terrible trio.
Jake wasn't in WCCW for long, at least I don't remember him being there for a long period of time. I watched him on Mid South and UWF programming before he headed to the WWF in early 1986. He was the same cold and calculating man, only with a more updated look. He wore tights with snakes on them, along with snake skin boots. Something else new for Jake, once he finished his opponent off with the DDT, he'd wrap a large python named "Damien" over their lifeless body. He was pure evil in that first year or so in the company.
That move marked the beginning of the end for Jake's days as a good guy. He turned on the Ultimate Warrior and then unleashed a cobra during "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Elizabeth's wedding reception. He smacked Liz later on Superstars and let that same cobra sink his teeth into Savage's arm.
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Happily, he reached out to Diamond Dallas Page, or Page reached out to him and saved the Snake's life. I'm glad he did it, as Roberts clearly has a new lease on life. I think getting clean and sober saved Jake's life and has given his career a fresh start.
I'm excited to see Jake "The Snake" Roberts get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this spring. His work in the ring and on the mic are incredible and I think others in the business could learn a thing or two from him. Trust me...