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Jake “The Snake” Roberts has been involved in the wrestling business for a long time and has witnessed many things in his time, both in the ring and behind the scenes, but he never saw anything quite like the 1996 incident at Madison Square Garden that came to be known as the Curtain Call.

“I remember being at the Garden when that happened,” reminisced Roberts on his podcast “DDP Snake Pit”. “It got ugly in the back. There was a lot of shouting. [Vince McMahon] just stood there and watched. Freddie Blassie was absolutely maniacal. He was in a total meltdown.”

Roberts added that he still stands by his original views and he doesn’t care what people think.

“There were a few others who were pretty hot. I was one of them. I didn’t think anybody had the right to go out there and do that,” he said.

The incident took place during an un-televised house show on May 19, 1996. Kayfabe was still intact at this point in time, meaning wrestlers were expected to stay in character even when the cameras were off. World Championship Wrestling was the top competitor to what was then known as the World Wrestling Federation, and Scott Hall and Kevin Nash were jumping ship to WCW for financial reasons — this show in Madison Square Garden would be both of their final appearances for the company. Hall would face Triple H, while Nash took on reigning WWF Champion Shawn Michaels in the main event. The four were notoriously good friends backstage — along with Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, they were collectively known behind the scenes as The Kliq.

When the match was over, Triple H and Hall joined Michaels and Nash in the ring, and the four men hugged one another in a touching moment of farewell as Hall and Nash prepared to depart. The only problem: Hall and Michaels were babyfaces, and Triple H and Nash were heels. They were supposed to hate each other, not be friends. A fan managed to capture the moment on camera, which would cement the moment as infamous in wrestling history — kayfabe was blown wide open and fans were suddenly confronted with the reality that these men were not really the characters they portrayed in the squared circle.

Roberts worked with the WWE on and off from 1986 to 1992 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. He previously worked for WCW, ECW, and TNA, and can presently be found on AEW programming as the manager of Lance Archer.

AEW’s Jake Roberts admitted via his ‘DDP Snake Pit’ podcast that he’s “frustrated” to see on-screen buddy Lance Archer “in the spot that he’s in”.

Former TNT Title challenger Archer hasn’t wrestled a singles match on flagship show Dynamite since losing to Wardlow in just five minutes on the 27 April edition. His last win on the ‘A’ show came way back on 19 January (over Frankie Kazarian).

Roberts called Lance a “phenomenal athlete” who has “an unbelievable look”. That’s why it’s confusing the ex-WWE legend that his client isn’t smashing it on TV weekly. Jake did also relent that “the only thing Lance doesn’t do really well is talk”, but said that’s why Tony Khan brought him into the company.

Things haven’t been going well lately though.

It’s interesting to hear Roberts openly criticise All Elite’s booking this way on his pod. He’s clearly annoyed that Archer hasn’t been featured more prominently on TV, or been picking up many wins. The ‘Murderhawk Monster’ last worked a meaningful one-on-one vs. Hangman Page on the 9 February Dynamite.

He’s been picking up some independent bookings since, and also appearing mainly on Dark.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts has gotten an up-close look at MJF while both have been working at AEW. Roberts has been more than impressed, and not just with MJF’s in-ring ability. On the most recent episode of the “DDP Snake Pit” podcast, which focused on MJF, Roberts talked about his experiences working with the younger wrestler.

“I did an interview on his set,” Roberts recalled. “He showed me appreciation and respect when asked me afterward, ‘Was that what you wanted?’ See, he’s smart. If you ask people what they want and ‘Did you get your point across?’, chances are the next time I’m on his set, I’m going to give it a little bit more, you know what I’m saying? He greased my palms, man. He made me feel good. That’s smart.”

MJF has been compared to WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a comparison Roberts whole-heartedly endorses. “Absolutely,” he said. “Because he rants on you, man. He gets in your face. He throws shit at you quick and fast.”

But Roberts also sees a bit of Piper in MJF’s palm-greasing behavior.

“Back in the day, we would work for WWF,” Roberts recalled. “On a TV day, the stars got 50 bucks for wrestling three times. And we paid for our own hotel and our own rental cars. So we lost money. But they would give us that 50 bucks at the beginning of the night … Piper would take that 50 bucks and go to his first match and slide it to that guy, who’s making $500, because the guys that got beat up made $500.

“What did that 50 bucks mean to Piper? Nothing. What did it mean to that guy? ‘Jesus Christ, this superstar gave me the only 50 bucks he’s making for the day. He gave it to me and told me to go out and buy some beer and have a good time.’ So what does that guy go out and do for you? He’ll fly! Now, here’s the one I learned from Piper. He tells the guy, ‘Whatever you do, don’t tell anybody else I gave you that $50. Cause I don’t have any more cash on me.’ Do you think that guy’s going to tell anybody? Of course he is! But they’re going to go out and fly too now, because they know next time, ‘Maybe Piper will give me that $50.’”

WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat appeared in a Highspots Superstore virtual auctions session Tuesday.

Steamboat took it upon himself to provide an update on his health, which became a topic of concern among wrestling fans following Jake Roberts’ comments last month.

“To be quite honest with you, I know Steamboat’s having [health] issues right now,” Roberts said on his DDP Snake Pit podcast. “I hope to hell it wasn’t what I did [DDT spot on a cement floor]. I really do man, because that haunts me. That’s beginning to haunt me a lot. Ricky, if you’re listening, you know I never meant to do that. I didn’t want to do that. I begged you not to do that. I just pray for you man. He’s a good dude man.”

On Tuesday, Steamboat assured concerned fans that he’s perfectly fine, and that he gets health checkups at regular intervals.

“Let me just clear out something,” Steamboat began. “After Roberts went up there and said I’ve got health issues, everyone has been asking me is, ‘are you OK?’

“I just want to assure everybody that I don’t [have health issues]. I’m 69. I just have the normal stuff – a little arthritis in the shoulders and knees [from] years of wrestling. I do a physical every six months, blood tests every six months, and my doctor is surprised at how well everything is. My cholesterol, blood pressure, liver and all the stuff on the inside that you can’t see [is healthy]. My doctor says I’m like a 35-year-old.”

Steamboat added, “So, I just want to make it clear to all the fans out there that The Dragon is fine. I still train two times a week, my wife & I bike three times a week. So, I’m good! I really am.”

When asked why Roberts brought up his health issues, Steamboat felt Roberts was just answering a fan question about the aforementioned DDT spot.

“I think maybe he was making a reference to the time he DDT’ed me on the cement floor,” Ricky Steamboat responded. “Some fans asked him about that. I got a concussion from it, but I have no after effects.

“I just want to reiterate – I appreciate all the concern and all the get well notes. The Dragon is fine.”

Jake Roberts has opened up about interesting conversations he had with both Vince McMahon and The Ultimate Warrior back in the early-1990s.

The ‘Snake’ told DDP, on the pair’s ‘Snake Pit’ podcast, that he was left “a little pissed” when McMahon looked him in the eye backstage and said: “You gotta go to [Warrior’s] dressing room, talk to him and see if he’ll work with you. You have to ask his permission to work with you”.

Roberts couldn’t believe it, but adhered to Vince’s wishes by going to seek out Warrior. He knocked on his peer’s dressing room door, then stood in awe as Warrior cut a promo on Jake about being on time and that he “better not flunk no drug test”.

Ending the chat, Warrior said: “OK, get out”.

Feeling totally disrespected and “dismissed”, Roberts told Page that he was “so fucking angry at the way he treated me”. He’d only end up working some vignettes with Warrior anyway; McMahon fired Warrior after he teamed with Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam 1991, and a planned match between both guys wouldn’t happen.

Maybe Roberts dodged a bullet there.

In the latest episode of the DDP Snake Pit podcast, Jake Roberts and DDP, Diamond Dallas Page, focused on the Rhodes wrestling family. In particular, they talked about Goldust, the WWE character portrayed by current AEW star Dustin Rhodes, one that Jake Roberts is a big fan of.

“I love that character,” Roberts said. “He (Dustin) did a phenomenal job. Sometimes, you got to be careful when you’re playing characters because you can let yourself become part of that character and I think for a while there, Dustin was flirting with disaster. And maybe it caused him some problems, but that character was done so well. He carried it off not just to here, but to here. It was mesmerizing for me to watch.”

Jake Roberts believes that Dustin Rhodes was determined to make the idea work at all costs and ultimately did so. The AEW performer also commented on the rumor going around that Dustin took the gimmick due to issues with his father, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, something Roberts believes isn’t the case.

“He was going to make it work too, beyond all expectations,” Roberts said. “It was a great idea. At the time, Vince (McMahon) loved vignettes. Man, he loved making vignettes because you could explore a character and that’s what he did. He used vignettes to get Goldust started and people loved the fact that it was the natural becoming Goldust. The fans did. They thought that was very interesting. And what happened and all the bullsh-t that went around at the time. There were rumors of Dusty and Dustin had gotten into a fight and just crazy sh-t that he was doing this to slap his dad in the face and all this crap, man, they fooled around with at the time.

“So, that’s not true, you know? Vince just did a character and went with it. Let’s face it, if you want to get to the big show and a guy offers you ‘you’re going to carry a snake and wear like green and purple tights.’ ‘D-mn right I am. I’m not John Wayne yet, and I can’t tell you what I will and won’t do.’ But when you’re given that opportunity, you’ve got to take your tools and go to work. Because the bottom line is you still gotta work at it. You’ve got to make it believable. You’ve got to make people believe that’s who you believe you are.”

As for whether or not the Goldust gimmick was a rib on Dustin Rhodes or not, DDP stressed his belief that it was not a rib. He cited the commitment of both Dustin and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon as the reason for this belief.

“Nah, I don’t really think so,” DDP said. “In the beginning, I kind of did a little bit because of the Stardust. But then I saw the commitment that not only Dustin was putting it, but Vince was putting in. Like, when he gets behind something, that’s not a rib. And again, I think Vince, in a meeting, giving you that when he started to spend the money and give the vignettes they do that, that was the smartest way to bring everybody in. I don’t know why that ever changed anywhere about anything because that was just a really great way to build people caring or wondering or interest in the character and he put that in and then Dustin went out there was committed to it like I said earlier.

“And like, he really committed to it, and that’s a redneck cowboy, that’s who he is. And he can play that character like I told you in the back, he can be anybody. He could play anybody. So he had been doing for so long, so what are you going to do? Is he going to go out there and quote things from different movies? He’s going to nail it. Because that was his commitment that he put into it and then I realized, this is not a rib at all. Like Vince is really pushing this. And it got pushed to a point where, I can’t remember what pulled it back, but it was something that had to do with… I can’t remember at the time to be perfectly honest. But, it got a hell of a run.”

WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts has tested positive for COVID-19.

Roberts took to Twitter this evening and announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I’ve waited so long. Actually thought I was bulletproof. Yes I’ve gotten Covid-19!!!!!,” he wrote.

Roberts then posted a follow-up tweet and said he thinks he got sick while with family or out shopping. He also commented on how AEW President Tony Khan knows he is high risk.

“Yes after not going to do my AEW work for nearly 3 months. Tony Kahn knows I’m high risk and has gone above and beyond all expectations trying to keep everyone safe. Pretty sure I got it from family or when I was out shopping,” he wrote.

While Roberts has been away from AEW TV recovering from foot surgery, and due to Lance Archer’s neck injury and concussion suffered at the end of October, he has still made recent signing appearances. Roberts’ positive COVID-19 test is especially concerning as he has dealt with health issues over the years, and suffers from COPD, which makes it hard to breathe.

Roberts signed a new two-year deal with AEW back in July. He has been with the company since March 2020.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts has been absent from AEW TV because he reportedly underwent foot surgery, according to an exclusive report by Cassidy Haynes of Bodyslam.net. 

According to Haynes, the AEW manager had pins inserted in some of his toes.

His doctors have recently cleared him to return to work. Roberts could potentially appear on AEW programming as early as this week.

Roberts made his AEW TV debut in March of last year when he confronted Cody Rhodes to let him know Lance Archer was coming to AEW.

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts has signed a two-year contract extension with All Elite Wrestling.

The legend confirmed as much during a recent conversation with Diamond Dallas Page, who famously helped Roberts turn his life around as documented in The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake.

Originally signed to a ten-week AEW deal, Jake outlined the process that saw him sign an initial one-year extension – and now the additional two years (h/t POST Wrestling for the transcription):

“When I originally signed with [AEW], it was for a ten week deal. At eight weeks, [a guy] comes along with some papers, ‘You need to sign these.’ I’m like, ‘What for?’ ‘Well it’s your contract.’ ‘Dude, I’ve only got two weeks left.’ ‘No, you got another year.’ ‘What?’ And then just a few weeks ago, I buzzed Tony, I said, ‘Hey, I’ve got four weeks left. What do you want me to do? I need a notice so I can start setting up my stuff’ and he says, ‘We need to sign another piece of paper’ and I signed again and then after I signed it, I found out that it wasn’t for a year, it was for more than a year. It was for two years.”

Roberts formally debuted for AEW in March 2020, confronting Cody Rhodes in an acclaimed in-ring segment before introducing Lance Archer as his managerial client the following week. Roberts has been alongside Archer ever since, guiding him through the TNT Title tournament finals at Double Or Nothing 2020 and beyond, with a Texas Deathmatch opposite Jon Moxley on the horizon for tonight’s Dynamite.

Now 66 years old, Roberts has been in wrestling all his life and debuted back in 1974.

Wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart recently sat down for an interview on an episode of Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker.

During the interview Hart discussed his favorite opponents from his career. Hart said that while Owen Hart is a close second, that it is Curt Hennig who takes the top spot. Hart also discussed Curt Hennig working their match at SummerSlam 1991 hurt in order to put over “The Hitman,” which isn’t the only time that Mr. Perfect went out of his way to give Hart a great match.

“I’ll always say this about Curt, if I could’ve wrestled one guy again, it would’ve been Curt,” shared Bret. “He was my favorite opponent ever. My brother Owen is a close second. But, [Curt and I] had such a bond and chemistry together whenever we went out there, no matter the circumstances, no matter how [much] we travelled that day, whether you got stuck in an airport for 8 hours and you were completely wiped when we got the dressing room. I can remember a lot of times with Curt we’re getting ready to go out there and it’s like, ‘I’ve got nothing in the tank. I’m completely burned out, I’m exhausted.’

“And you go out there, and the crowd starts to cheer, and then in about five minutes you’re giving them a five-star match. You’re laying out all the stops, you give them everything that you have. And I was like that with Curt. And I think there was a growing respect we started having for each other. Curt really loved working with me, and I loved working with Curt. And if you really look at my rise to the top, it all starts with Curt Hennig.

“He was the guy that, even though he was injured too with his back, he was never going to miss SummerSlam [1991] because he wanted to do that for me. He wanted to help elevate me to the next level. I had such a respect for Curt and we had such a great friendship. He’s one of those guys I never forget [about] that first match. Trusting me, being there for me, and sacrificing so much with his back injury. He could’ve said, ‘You know what, I can’t make it that day and I’m going to take a few months off.’ But he came back specifically, and came back hurt, to deliver that match with me.”

When discussing legendary matches from his career, Hart also talked about his match with Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 8. He says he was nervous that Piper would have a lot of bad ideas for the match, but that they ended up being on the same page. Hart also revealed it was Piper who came up with the part of the match where Piper debated hitting Hart with the bell.

“That was Roddy’s [idea], Roddy gets full marks for [that],” said Hart. “We worked out the match very roughly. [I] didn’t see Roddy a whole lot in those days. He was on one circuit and I was on another circuit. And then we did get to meet each other in, I believe it was, Moncton, New Brunswick of all places, where we could sit down and sort of talk about the match, and start to put this match together.

“And I was kind of dreading it, because I loved Roddy, and I was very close with Roddy. Then I started worrying, ‘What if Roddy gives me a bunch of really lousy ideas and I don’t like it?’ Like, how do I tell a guy I love and have so much respect for that I don’t like that idea? I hadn’t been in that situation very many teams. It’s like, do you speak up, do you not speak up?

“And I was sort of, kind of, a control freak too. I had a sort of set idea of how I thought the match should go. And we sat down in a restaurant in New Brunswick, and I said, ‘What do you think?’ Then Roddy goes, ‘This is what I have in mind, this is what I was thinking.’ And he started telling me his ideas on how the match should go [and] the pace of it. Anyways, we had the exact same script. . .I remember listening to it and it’s like, ‘I’m in agreement with all of that, like everything. Let’s do it exactly like that, that’s exactly what I was thinking.’ And [we met] without flushing out all the details of what the story was going to be, just sort of the arc of the story. And it was very harmonious.”

Hart also recalled that he was apprehensive of the famous spot that ended the match with Piper. He said he was nervous that Piper wouldn’t be able to protect himself during the fall, and that Hart could’ve broken his neck.

“And as far as the match went, the pinning thing at the end with the sleeper hold, and me pushing off the top turnbuckle with my feet, that was a move that Roddy thought of, or created,” recalled Hart. “Because I’d never seen it done anywhere else, but he came up with that idea. And I can remember saying, ‘Okay. . . we can do that.’ But I’m a 240-pound man pushing off the top turnbuckle, and you’ve got your hands around my neck. And all I can do, as a 240-pound man, [is fall] with all [my] weight on your face from that height, straight back. And you can’t break your fall because your arms are around my neck, you’ve got a sleeper hold on me.

“I remember saying, ‘It’s a dangerous move. I could break your neck, or at least break your nose, or knock all your teeth out, or something. That’s a hard fall to take.’ And whenever I watch it back, you watch how Roddy takes that bump flat on his back, all my weight right on his face. And it was a gutsy call, and it was a very generous thing he did for me in that match. And I loved the match, and I loved its voice.”

Hart went on to talk further about Roddy Piper and how talented he was. He compares Piper to Hennig in regards to how they opened the door for his career. Hart then went on to say that a lot of other wrestlers didn’t have as much interest in elevating future talents.

“Roddy, like Mr. Perfect, Roddy was a guy who was going to open the door for me, he was going to hold the door open for me to help me get to the next level,” Hart remembered. “A lot of wrestlers hadn’t done that for me, and some would never do that for me. Roddy was a guy, that’s what I love about Roddy, he was a guy that was going to try and open the door for the next generation.

“There’s a lot of guys like Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, and Ultimate Warrior, guys like that, who never held the door open for anybody. As soon as their careers ended, they slammed the door shut and never did anything for anybody, for whatever reasons. But Roddy Piper was a guy that opened the door for the next generation, and I never forget that.”