Jake Roberts
Professional wrestler
Jake Roberts
Aurelian Jake Smith, Jr. is a second-generation American professional wrestler, the son of former wrestler Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith. He is best known by his ring name of Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and often brought snakes into the ring, including a python named Damien and even a de-venomed cobra. Roberts is best known for his two stints in the World Wrestling Federation—the first between 1986-92, and the second between 1996-97.
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Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek to combine into one timber giant - The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times Weyerhaeuser, Plum Creek to combine into one timber giant The Seattle Times Plum Creek Timber owns about 6 million acres in 19 states. Shown are the 864,000 acres of forest and conservation lands it manages in Maine, much of it around Moosehead Lake. (Robert F. Bukaty/ASSOCIATED PRESS). Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek, ... UPDATE 2-Weyerhaeuser to buy Plum Creek, creating $23 bln timber companyReuters Weyerhaeuser buys Plum Creek in $8.44B timber dealWashington Post Weyerhaeuser buying Plum CreekThe Columbian Bangor Daily News -GlobalPost all 80 news articles »
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The S3: Vote for Best Performer of the 2013-14 Season, Week 41
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Join in a discussion with your fellow internet fans about the past week in pro wrestling: who entertained us the most, and why! Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS. Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll. We also have the outcome of last week's voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year. The top ten from last week and the year-to-date are below. Remember, the Standings are for the previous week's nationally televised pro wrestling shows - the January 13th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's Main Event, the Genesis edition of TNA Impact from January 16th, and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday, January 17th. Make YOUR mark, sma ...
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The story of Jake 'The Snake' Roberts' WWE return at Old School Raw
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
This is cool. When Jake Roberts made his triumphant return to WWE on the "Old School" edition of Monday Night Raw this past week (Jan. 6, 2014) in Baltimore, it wasn't just a surprise for fans, it was a surprise for most of the wrestlers as well. That's because the company went all out to keep it a secret. That's according to "The Snake" himself, who revealed as much in an interview with WWE.com: "... They told me they were going to play it really old school by keeping it a secret from everybody, which was pretty cool. It brought back a lot of memories. ... They said I was going to fly into a different airport so nobody saw me. I flew into Washington instead of Baltimore. They picked me up there and told me to call when I was 10 minutes away from the building so they could smuggle me in. I went to one of the busses and I stayed on there until about 10 minutes before the whole thing. I had no idea what we were going to do. At about five o'clock, after I had been ther ...
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'I have lived one crazy life so far'
CNN - about 4 years
The central image on the Facebook page of Jacob "Jake" Roberts, the Oregon shopping mall gunman, is haunting.
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Video: Ore. mall shooter's motive a mystery
CBS News - about 4 years
Police say 23-year-old Jake Roberts stole the rifle that he used to kill two people and himself, but they don't yet understand why he did it. CBS News' John Blackstone reports.
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WWE 'Saturday Morning Slam' results and reactions from yesterday (Oct. 20): Yes! No!
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
WWE Saturday Morning Slam helped viewers rise and shine yesterday morning (Oct. 20) with two matches that were sure to please the WWE Universe. Zack Ryder took on Justin Gabriel, while our main event of the morning featured Daniel Bryan taking on Tyson Kidd. Let's wipe the sleep out of our eyes to talk about Saturday morning's results! The show kicked off with Zack Ryder taking on Justin Gabriel. Match was your standard fare that you could expect from these men, but nothing wrong with that, if it is executed well. In the end, "The Long Island Iced Z" took home the victory after getting the pin on Gabriel. Strange way to kick off Saturday with a Ryder win, huh? Our segment of the week featured a bit on WWE's favorite snakes. No, this wasn't just a list of Jake Roberts' many pets he brought to the ring, but a list of WWE talent who were all given monikers to do with the scaly reptile. Jake Roberts, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Randy Orton were the spotlight Superstars in ...
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Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament: The Completed Bracket
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
All "CSS Tournament" graphic designs by: June M. Williams - Cr8vly Perfect Design. The journey began on June 4 and now it's finally over. The Cageside Seats Pro Wrestling Tournament has crowned a champion and his name is Stone Cold Steve Austin. As with all tournaments, the bracket was heavily debated all throughout the process. Generally, the rankings weren't called into dispute too often and, in fact, I believe a few compliments were given out. Really, it was a monumentally difficult job, coming up with proper seedings and then determining match-ups. That's why you folks are helping with the next tournament. A few interesting storylines played out throughout the tourney. It was widely predicted Hulk Hogan would be voted out as early as the second round, thanks to his ruthless political playing, but he made it all the way to the Final Five before losing to Macho Man Randy Savage. The Rock, meanwhile, known for being a team player and a selfless performer who wo ...
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Hundreds Receive Scholarships, Awards
Bridgewater Patch - over 4 years
Many of the high school's seniors were recognized Monday, receiving awards and scholarships for both academic, athletic and charitable activities and organizations at the annual ceremony. Students at Bridgewater-Raritan High School were invited to attend the ceremony, but were not told what they were set to receive. They found out with the audience during the ceremony. Continue reading to see the names of all the student award-recipients: NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS  Arvind Anandacoumar William Cane-Wissing Stephen Decker Michael Duan Nivas Govindarajan Lucy Lin Jonathan Lu Nikhil Naidhu Theresa O'Shea Kaixi Wu Betty Yang Dennis Yi NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP COMMENDED STUDENTS Kazim M. Ali Matthew H. Archibald Romoli Bakshi Michelle L. Bone Louis M. Brown Karen T. Bu Thomas J. Chong Matthew R. Cirasa Celeste M. Cirillo-Penn Erin C. Corrado Taylor A. Delgado Savi K. Desai Marisa H. Di ...
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How WWE approached the next major show after WrestleMania (1995-2002)
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
Following WrestleMania is no easy task: What do you do after the biggest show of the year? WWE has taken several approaches over the years with its major post-WrestleMania storylines. Sometimes it begins anew with the first chapter of a brand new story that will play out over the next few months. Sometimes WWE simply continues the story, making WrestleMania a more transitional show. Sometimes, like this year with Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena, WWE comes up with a big match out of nowhere (though it's looking like a lot of rematches are headed our way, too). After the jump, we'll look back at the post-WrestleMania shows from 1995 (when WWE went to monthly pay-per-views) through 2002 and how the major stories played out (Part two, looking at 2003 through 2011, will be posted later this week). We'll also look at how many matches at those shows were rematches, and if that percentage has changed over the years. In Your House 1 (1995) The big story WrestleMania 11 marked the e ...
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DDP Discusses WWE Hall Of Fame & Scott Hall
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
During a recent interview with SportsTownChicago.com, Diamond Dallas Page spoke about a number of subjects, two of them being how he wants to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and Scott Hall: Wanting To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame: I think eventually it's got to happen. Nobody did what I did. Nobody was as over in the 90's. I was in the top five guys according to Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Nobody came from being a manager to being a color commentator. I think I earned that spot and eventually, I think I'll get it. I hope it's not 30 years from now, but until Randy Savage is in there, until Jake Roberts, until Rick Rude, I'm not in yet. I would think Randy's going to be in next year. I'd be surprised if he wasn't. But it would be the greatest bill ever to be inducted because it's in Jersey. It is what it is and when it happens it happens.  Scott Hall: I love Scott. He's one of my very good friends...Today, we talk once in a blue moon, but the last time he called me, he was ...
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Sign on the Dotted Line: 20 L-W North Student-Athletes Commit to Colleges
Frankfort Patch - almost 5 years
For 20 student-athletes at Lincoln-Way North High School, April 18, 2012, will hold a special place in their hearts. As the student-athletes gathered before friends, family and school and district administrators, each formally announced where he or she would be signing a national letter of intent to participate in his or her chosen sport at the college level. The 20 Phoenix will be flying, driving or commuting to colleges across the United States, to as far away as New York City and as close as Joliet Junior College. But they all have one thing in common, said North's Athletics Director Matt Lyke: leadership skills. “This group of kids represent not only our school well, but our community as well," Lyke said. "This group of seniors, we're going to miss them. There's definitely some future leaders here." Patch takes a closer look at the student-athletes who signed during Wednesday's event. Volleyball Hayley Wacker, Frankfort College: St. Francis University Expected major: ...
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Triple H Mocks Hulk Hogan, Takes Another Shot at Goldberg - HeadlinePlanet.com
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Other associations included “Wall Street” for Vince McMahon, comedy for DX, “western villain for Jake Roberts and “Either crazy out-there futuristic space movie — or absolute stoner film” for The Ultimate Warrior. Your email address will not be
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SLO interception return for TD dooms Dos Pueblos - Presidio Sports
Google News - over 5 years
Jake Roberts hauled in two touchdown receptions for the Dos Pueblos football team on Friday night, but it was a defensive reception for the visiting San Luis Obispo Tigers that pushed them out of reach in a 36-23 non-league decision at Scott O'Leary
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jake Roberts
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 60
    Roberts appears as Mr. Lucas in the upcoming comedy film, The Bet which is scheduled for a summer of 2016 release and also features Dallas Page and Roddy Piper.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts is the son of wrestler Grizzly Smith, with whom he had a strained relationship. Roberts claims that during his childhood, he was sexually and physically abused by his stepmother. He has a half-brother, Michael and a half-sister, Robin, both of whom also became wrestlers (Sam Houston and Rockin' Robin). During the late 1980s, all three wrestled at the same time for the WWF.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 59
    Roberts was featured in another wrestling documentary in 2015 entitled The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, which chronicled his time living with Diamond Dallas Page beginning in October 2012.
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  • 2014
    Age 58
    On June 15, 2014, Roberts was an entrant in the CWF Hollywood Red Carpet Rumble which was won by Willie Mack.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts derived his nickname for being known as "snake like" and untrustworthy. Roberts also said on the Pick Your Poison DVD that he got his nickname by copying Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken "The Snake" Stabler (of whom Roberts was a huge fan). To accentuate this, he often slid ("slithered") into and out of the ring on his belly under the bottom rope. Once he reached the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in March 1986, Roberts would bring a live Burmese Python (though various snakes were used over the years, most were named "Damien") to ringside in a canvas bag. Other snakes used were a Reticulated Python named Lucifer, an unnamed (de-venomized) Cobra, and an albino Burmese Python named Revelations (during Roberts' Christian conversion gimmick in 1996). After executing a DDT for the pin, Roberts would coil the constrictor around the opponent's neck, and the snake would slither around on top of the fallen wrestler, sometimes appearing to strangle him.
    On June 14, 2014, Roberts participated in a six-man tag match in the main event for Reborn Wrestling (a Christian wrestling organization in Johnson City, Tennessee), teaming with The Stallion and Alex Cage to defeat EZ Money, Reborn Champion Cody Ices and Anthony Brody.
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    He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5, 2014.
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    On March 15, 2014, Roberts debuted in Regional Championship Wrestling's Rumblemania 9 in Reading, Pennsylvania as a surprise partner for Cliff Serenyi against Russian Mafia with Rich Rogers.
    More Details Hide Details This match ended in a DQ. Rogers was knocked out when Roberts stuck the snake in Roger's pants.
    In July 2014, Roberts announced that he was cancer-free, as various operations had been successful.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year on August 28, Roberts fell ill during a flight from Atlanta to Las Vegas where he was scheduled to attend a birthday event for fellow wrestler Nick Cvjetkovich. First reports indicated that Roberts had fallen unconscious, however his manager/lawyer, Kyle P. Magee, confirmed that Roberts was alert and awake during the flight and notified the flight attendant of pain and shortness of breath. Magee said that Roberts was induced to a 'coma-like' state in order to treat pneumonia. Roberts was diagnosed with the flu two weeks earlier and ignored doctors advice of rest and continued to travel to events. Upon arrival at the ICU in Las Vegas, Roberts was diagnosed with double pneumonia. Doctors also found an abnormality on Roberts' brain which they felt could be a result of all the bumps Roberts took over his long career. Roberts 24 Hours, that he was essentially trying to kill himself during his fight with alcohol and drug abuse.
    In February 2014, TMZ reported that Roberts had muscular cancer below his knee was scheduled to go into surgery.
    More Details Hide Details In a response to the article, Roberts was quoted as saying, "If the devil can't defeat me, cancer doesn't stand a chance in hell! Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease 'cause The Snake will be just fine."
    He was inducted by Diamond Dallas Page on April 5, 2014.
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    On January 6, 2014, Roberts made an appearance on the "Old School" episode of Raw, laying a python over the face of an unconscious Dean Ambrose.> He did not appear at the Royal Rumble event but was announced as part of the 2014 Class of the WWE Hall of Fame.
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  • 2013
    Age 57
    On May 18, 2013, Roberts returned to the ring for First State Championship Wrestling, a Delaware-based wrestling promotion, as part of an eight-man tag team main event.
    More Details Hide Details He teamed with Eric Chapel and CraziiWolf (Crazii Shea and Greywolf), defeating the team of Salvatore Sincere, Steve C Wrestling and Pretty Ugly (Jimmy Dream and Adam Ugly).
    In 2013, Roberts announced his desire to return to WWE as a participant in the 2014 Royal Rumble.
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  • 2011
    Age 55
    On January 29, 2011, Roberts wrestled what was billed as his retirement match, when he defeated Sinn Bodhi at the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG) show during the WrestleReunion 5 weekend.
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  • 2009
    Age 53
    In May 2009, Roberts joined the Jim Rose Circus for the Jim Rose Circus vs. Jake "The Snake" Roberts: The Legends Collide Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Advertised as "a grueling 40 city campaign" containing pretty girls, wrestling, amazing circus stunts, and a fist fight, the tour features Jim Rose and wrestler Sinn Bodhi as "Team Jake".
  • 2008
    Age 52
    Roberts made a one-night return to TNA in 2008 as a guest of "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal and SoCal Val's storyline wedding at Slammiversary.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts made an appearance at Booker T's Houston-based Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA) promotion, in which he cut a promo urging those who want to enter the wrestling business to not follow along his path. At one point, he said he loved the wrestling business more than anything else in the world. PWA wrestler "Rockstar" Robbie Gillmore then interrupted Roberts and attempted to make an alliance based upon the fact that Robbie wears an 80s style shirt featuring a cobra. Roberts had just said all he ever wanted was a little respect, and the Rockstar's interruption irritated him. Roberts then attacked Gillmore.
  • 2006
    Age 50
    Roberts made an appearance on the October 19, 2006 episode of TNA Impact!
    More Details Hide Details He announced he would referee the Monster's Ball match between Brother Runt, Abyss, Raven, and Samoa Joe at Bound for Glory. Roberts then gave a "mumbling" promo. After Roberts took his snake out of a bag, Brother Runt told him to put it away. Roberts performed a DDT on Runt instead. At Bound for Glory, he performed a DDT on Raven, which helped Samoa Joe win the match. After the match, Roberts placed his snake on Raven.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    Roberts made a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) appearance on March 14, 2005 on Raw, where he confronted Randy Orton, who was preparing to challenge The Undertaker at WrestleMania 21.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts warned Orton that facing The Undertaker, particularly at WrestleMania, could be a soul-altering experience; he then fell victim to Orton's "RKO," helping to fuel Orton's "Legend Killer" gimmick. He worked with the company to create a DVD retrospective of his career (the aforementioned Pick Your Poison DVD), which was released later that year.
  • 2002
    Age 46
    In November 2002, Roberts started his own wrestling promotion in the UK, called "Real Stars of Wrestling".
    More Details Hide Details RSOW ran three events, each headlined by Roberts vs. The Honky Tonk Man. Roberts made his final British appearance at WAW's October Outrage show in Canvey Island, Essex, once again teaming with Steve Quintain against the UK Pitbulls. However, Roberts turned up at the show "in no fit state to compete", but went ahead with his match. Roberts cut a drunken promo paying tribute to Ray Traylor, who had died a few days before, and almost got into a scuffle with several WAW wrestlers who were sent out to defuse the situation.
    On October 20, 2002, Roberts became the NWA UK Hammerlock Heavyweight Champion in Maidstone, Kent, England by defeating "Vigilante" Johnny Moss.
    More Details Hide Details Moss regained the title the next night in Ashford, Kent, though.
  • 2001
    Age 45
    In 2001, Roberts moved to Great Britain, where he began competing for Brian Dixon's All Star Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details In December, he made his debut for Ricky Knight's World Association of Wrestling in Lowestoft.
  • 1999
    Age 43
    In October 1999, Roberts was one of several former NWA, WWF, and ECW wrestlers brought in to compete in the first Heroes of Wrestling event in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
    More Details Hide Details He was booked to face Jim Neidhart in one half of the card's double main event in what was billed as a "special grudge match" between the two. Roberts was so intoxicated that during the course of the night, he slurred his way through a promo before the match and staggered to, from, and around the ring during his entrance. After doing such things as pretending his snake was a penis and stroking it like he was masturbating and attempting to kiss the snake with his tongue, the show's promoter sent King Kong Bundy and Yokozuna, who were supposed to compete in the other main event match, to the ring and made the main event a tag team match with Roberts teaming with Yokozuna against Bundy and Neidhart. Roberts, who was so drunk that he could not stand up, took the fall in the match after Bundy splashed and pinned him.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    Roberts also teamed with Tommy Dreamer at the 1998 November to Remember as his mystery partner against Justin Credible and Jack Victory.
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  • 1997
    Age 41
    According to the Pick Your Poison DVD, after his 1997 firing from the WWF, Cheryl filed for divorce.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Roberts faced a charge of "causing unnecessary suffering" after his snake Damien was allowed to starve to death in the garage of his London Colney home. In 2007, WWE started a policy of paying all expenses for its former performers who wanted to start drug rehabilitation programs. According to various wrestling news reports, Roberts was placed in a 14-week voluntary rehab program by WWE as of December 10, 2007. In May 2008, Jim Ross reported that, "Jake Roberts has been doing well the past few weeks, after completing a treatment program." In October 2012, while financially distressed and addicted to alcohol and drugs, Roberts moved in with former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page in Atlanta, Georgia, a time which was chronicled in the documentary The Resurrection of Jake the Snake. Roberts' weight had ballooned to over 300 pounds, and he was having trouble doing simple tasks such as walking without becoming short of breath. During filming, Roberts had a shoulder surgery which was paid for through crowdfunding. At the end of 18 months, Roberts had lost over 50 pounds and regained mobility.
    During the summer of 1997, Roberts debuted in ECW.
    More Details Hide Details His introduction came towards the end of a match between Lawler and Tommy Dreamer, which was the main event of the show. As the match went on, the arena lights were turned off. Moments later when the lights came back on, Roberts was already in the ring, and proceeded to give Tommy Dreamer a clothesline. He then went to the camera man and screamed; "Your God... he giveth, and he can taketh away. My God, he giveth... but he ain't got the balls to do nothin' else." He promptly clotheslined Lawler, who fell onto Dreamer for a two count before exiting the ring.
    He was fired in February 1997.
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    His last match with WWF was at Shotgun Saturday Night on January 25, 1997 against Salvatore Sincere in a winning effort.
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    He appeared at the 1997 Royal Rumble where he entered at no. 7 and was eliminated by Stone Cold Steve Austin.
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    In early 1997, the WWF wanted Roberts to wind down his in-ring career and to join the backstage side of the company.
    More Details Hide Details Since he still loved to wrestle, he did not make this transition well. This led to a relapse with drugs and alcohol.
    He appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the summer of 1997 and made appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2006 through 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout his career he was known for his intense and cerebral promos, his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology in his matches and his use of the DDT finishing move, which was named the "coolest" maneuver of all time by WWE. Roberts was also one of the subjects of the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat. In 2012, Roberts moved in with fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to seek help in getting his life back on track following years of alcohol and drug abuse.
  • 1996
    Age 40
    After spending over a year in hiatus, Roberts returned to WWF at the Royal Rumble in 1996, as a Bible-preacher.
    More Details Hide Details To go along with his new gimmick, his new Albino Burmese Python was named "Revelations." His gimmick also mirrored his real life, as Roberts had recently become a born-again Christian and had been preaching around the country. During his second tenure with the company, Roberts was pushed as a "Cinderella story" and faced "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the final match of the King of the Ring tournament. Changes had to be made to the match's scripting as legitimate injuries sustained earlier in the evening in a match with Vader left Roberts unable to engage in the longer, more evenly matched bout originally intended between the men. In order to prevent Roberts from sustaining further injury, he was quickly defeated by Austin; in a post-match interview, Austin mocked his recital of the biblical passage John 3:16 by saying "You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16... Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!". The catchphrase helped propel Austin to the top of the WWF, and is one of the moments that is often cited as the beginning of "The Attitude Era," along with Wrestlemania XIII, Survivor Series (1997), and WrestleMania XIV. Roberts next feuded with Jerry "The King" Lawler, who went to great lengths to ridicule Roberts' past bouts against alcoholism.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 38
    By the end of 1994, Roberts took a hiatus.
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    In the spring of 1994, Roberts returned to the United States to wrestle for Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW).
    More Details Hide Details On May 2, he defeated Tony Anthony to win the SMW Heavyweight Championship; the title change aired on May 14. Roberts no-showed several defenses, forcing SMW to give the title back to Anthony on July 5.
    Roberts' run-in started a feud that lasted until 1994 at Triplemanía II-C, in which Konnan defeated Roberts in a hair vs. hair match.
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  • 1993
    Age 37
    Roberts debuted in the Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) in April 1993, causing the defeat of Konnan on the career vs. career match at Triplemanía I.
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    In September 1993, he took part wrestling a tour for New Japan Pro Wrestling.
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    After leaving WCW, Roberts spent his next couple of years wrestling around the world. In February 1993, he took part in a tour in Australia, while in April 1993, he toured Europe, particularly Austria and Germany.
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  • 1992
    Age 36
    His single WCW pay-per-view match was against Sting at Halloween Havoc in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Their match was determined via the Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal gimmick. There was a series of gimmick matches on the wheel, but because the wheel itself was not gimmicked, neither Roberts nor Sting knew the kind of match they'd be wrestling until the wheel stopped spinning. When the wheel stopped, it had landed on what many observers believed was the worst option — the Coal Miner's Glove match. While Halloween Havoc was the company's top-selling PPV for several years, Roberts soon left WCW. Following the loss to Sting he continued his feud, facing him on several house shows immediately after the event. On the November 2 episode of WCW Saturday Night, Tony Schiavone conducted a sit-down interview with Roberts regarding the decision of Bill Watts to ban his bringing of the snake to ringside, and his impending first round match against Dustin Rhodes in the first round of the King of Cable tournament. He was replaced in the tournament by The Barbarian.
    Roberts made his first television appearance on August 2, 1992 at a Main Event taping in Baltimore, MD after coming through the crowd to attack Sting.
    More Details Hide Details His first WCW match came six days later when he defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell on a house show in Chicago, IL. He would quickly form an alliance with Cactus Jack and The Barbarian. His first major TV wrestling appearance for WCW was at Clash of the Champions, where his team won a 4-man elimination tag match. Roberts scored a pinfall victory over Sting, which built their feud further.
    The feud continued through the early part of 1992 and included Savage eliminating Roberts from that year's Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details The feud ended on Saturday Night's Main Event, with Savage getting the win. Roberts, livid at having lost to him and having received two of Savage's flying elbow drops (one of which after the match), was helped backstage. Enraged, he grabbed a steel chair and said that he was going to hit whoever came backstage first, whether it was Savage or Elizabeth. Just as Roberts was about to swing the chair, he was stopped by the Undertaker; Roberts was distracted long enough for Savage to hit him with the chair instead. That incident helped set up Roberts' feud with the Undertaker. Roberts appeared on The Funeral Parlor to demand answers from the Undertaker about why he stopped him from attacking Elizabeth. When Roberts was dissatisfied with the answers, he DDT'ed Bearer and, after jamming Undertaker's hand in a coffin, began hitting him with a steel chair; however, Undertaker was able to fend off the blows and chased Roberts backstage dragging the coffin behind him. At WrestleMania VIII, Roberts lost the match, becoming the second man to lose to The Undertaker at WrestleMania.
  • 1991
    Age 35
    In the summer of 1991 there were a series of televised vignettes featuring the Ultimate Warrior turning to Roberts for help in his feud with The Undertaker.
    More Details Hide Details In the set-up, Roberts explained to Warrior that, after passing three tests, he would have the "knowledge of the dark side" to defeat Undertaker. The segments included Warrior being locked inside a coffin (a reprise of an incident that occurred on The Funeral Parlor, hosted by the Undertaker's manager, Paul Bearer; earlier in the year); the Warrior being "buried alive" in dirt before being abandoned; and Warrior walking through a room full of live snakes to reach a chest containing "the answer". During the latter segment, the Warrior opened the chest, only to be immediately bitten by a King Cobra (actually a rubber prop). As Warrior "weakened" from the effects of the cobra's strike, Roberts was joined by The Undertaker and Paul Bearer, revealing the three were working together all along; Roberts closed the final segment by proclaiming, "Never trust a snake." A series of matches were planned, but the feud was canceled after the Ultimate Warrior was fired by the WWF the night of SummerSlam.
    In early to mid-1991, Roberts engaged in a feud with Earthquake who "squashed" Damien with a pair of Earthquake splashes during their match on the April 27 (taped March 26) edition of WWF Superstars of Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details In reality, Roberts's bag contained hamburger meat intended to look like a snake. The feud was advanced when, several weeks later, Earthquake appeared on WWF Prime Time Wrestling and served "Quakeburgers" to co-host Lord Alfred Hayes, later claiming that the meat was ground from Damien's carcass. Roberts later introduced a new snake, Damien's "big brother" Lucifer.
  • 1990
    Age 34
    Following a brief feud with Bad News Brown in the summer of 1990, Roberts feuded with Rick "The Model" Martel throughout late 1990 into early 1991, after Martel (kayfabe) blinded Roberts by spraying cologne into his eyes.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts went so far as to wear white contact lenses to "prove" his blindness. After several months, the feud culminated in a match at WrestleMania VII, in which both contestants were blindfolded. The bout ended after Roberts beat Martel with a DDT.
  • 1989
    Age 33
    Roberts returned and feuded with DiBiase throughout the end of 1989 into 1990, including a point where Roberts stole DiBiase's Million Dollar Belt, daring him or Virgil to reach into the canvas sack to retrieve it.
    More Details Hide Details The culmination of their feud took place at WrestleMania VI, where in a match where the Million Dollar Belt was on the line, DiBiase gained a count-out victory over Roberts, thus regaining the non-sanctioned title. After the match, Roberts mounted an offensive against DiBiase and Virgil and then began giving away DiBiase's "money".
  • 1988
    Age 32
    He then had a feud with "Ravishing" Rick Rude, who began a gimmick of selecting a woman from the crowd to kiss after each match. On the edition of April 23, 1988 of WWF Superstars of Wrestling, Rude chose Roberts' real-life wife Cheryl, who refused the kiss.
    More Details Hide Details After Rude began insulting Roberts, Cheryl slapped him, angering Rude before Roberts ran out for the save. This began a heated feud throughout the summer of 1988, which escalated after Rude began wearing a pair of tights emblazoned with a visage of Mrs. Roberts, which an irate Roberts tore off. Roberts moved from the feud with Rude into a feud with André the Giant. On the March 11, 1989, episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, André got involved in a match between Rick Rude and Brutus Beefcake, siding with Rude. Roberts came to the ring to help Beefcake, who eventually won by disqualification. Roberts used his snake Damien to scare Andre into an eventual "heart attack." Although the subsequent feud on the house show circuit saw Andre victorious after most of those matches, Roberts can claim a victory via disqualification over André after André attacked special guest referee Big John Studd at WrestleMania V.
  • 1987
    Age 31
    He unsuccessfully challenged The Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Championship several times throughout the rest of 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The initial plan was for Roberts to win the Intercontinental Championship shortly after The Honky Tonk Man's win over Ricky Steamboat and begin an angle with the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, but because of the injuries from the guitar shot, the decision was made to keep the belt with The Honky Tonk Man.
  • 1986
    Age 30
    In November 1986, Roberts challenged Randy Savage for the Intercontinental Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Before the match, announcer Vince McMahon said the fans would probably support Savage against the disliked Roberts. However, to the surprise of both McMahon and fellow broadcaster Jesse Ventura, the fans cheered loudly for Roberts throughout the fight. The match ended in a double disqualification. Around the same time, the WWF had also tried to set Roberts up as a nemesis to then fan-favorite Hulk Hogan. However, after Roberts DDT'ed Hogan during an episode of The Snake Pit, fans responded positively to the attack, and McMahon abandoned his plans for a feud between them. He officially turned face when then feuded with The Honky Tonk Man, who had an Elvis impersonator gimmick. The Honky Tonk Man attacked Roberts with a guitar during his interview segment The Snake Pit. In reality, The Honky Tonk Man's guitar shot legitimately injured Roberts' neck, as it occurred before the use of guitars that broke easily. The Honky Tonk Man denies that he legitimately injured Roberts, although Honky's manager Jimmy Hart, as well as a video of the incident (seen on the Pick Your Poison DVD) suggests otherwise. The attack led to their match at WrestleMania III in which Roberts had Detroit native Alice Cooper (a known lover of snakes) in his corner.
    In late 1986, Roberts began to enjoy an upsurge in fan popularity, despite the WWF's attempts to cast him as an unpopular villain.
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    The feud continued with Steamboat winning most of the matches (losing only one because he threw Roberts back in the ring before the 10 count, then not beating said count himself), most notably a Snake Pit Match (ostensibly a no-DQ match) at The Big Event in Toronto, and the rematch on the October 1986 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts began hosting a talk segment called "The Snake Pit", which debuted on the first episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge. "The Snake Pit" was patterned after "Piper's Pit", wherein Roberts would conduct interviews with wrestlers or managers to help push wrestlers and get feuds over with the crowd. The segment was eventually moved to WWF Superstars of Wrestling (to replace "Piper's Pit" after Roddy Piper's 'retirement' following WrestleMania III) until the final segment aired in July 1987.
    Roberts' first major feud was against Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, beginning on a nationally televised episode of Saturday Night's Main Event in May 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts executed the DDT on Steamboat on the exposed concrete floor right in front of his wife Bonnie and then proceeded to rest his snake Damien on top of a prone Steamboat. While Vince McMahon and booker George Scott were adamant about wanting the DDT to take place on the floor, Roberts initially refused until Steamboat told him that he would be able to adequately protect himself from injury. Unfortunately, Steamboat was unable to stop his head from hitting the concrete and was rendered unconscious, sustaining a concussion. After Steamboat's recovery, Steamboat introduced a "Komodo dragon" as his "pet" to combat the psychological effects of Roberts' snake.
    Roberts made his World Wrestling Federation debut in March 1986.
    More Details Hide Details A month later, he made his pay-per-view debut, defeating George Wells at WrestleMania 2. During the match, Roberts made Wells foam from the mouth when he wrapped his snake Damien around Wells's head.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 29
    Roberts returned to Mid-South Wrestling for 1985, ending his run there in February 1986 after a feud with Dick Slater.
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  • 1984
    Age 28
    On August 2, 1984 Roberts married his second wife, Cheryl Hagood.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had 2 children.
    In 1984, Roberts entered World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) joining up with "Gentleman" Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez in their feud against the Von Erichs, winning the WCCW Television title and 6-Man Tag Team title (with Adams and Hernandez).
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  • 1983
    Age 27
    It was in Georgia Championship Wrestling during 1983 that Roberts became part of Paul Ellering's stable, the Legion of Doom, and began a feud with Ron Garvin over the NWA World Television Championship that lasted into 1984.
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    He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance in 1983, World Championship Wrestling in 1992, and the Mexico-based Asistencia Asesoría y Administración between 1993 and 1994 and again in 1997.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 19
    Roberts married his first wife Karen Rauschuber on February 27, 1975.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have a daughter named Brandy Grace (born July 29, 1975) and twin sons named Dustin and Derek (born 1980). He has eight children total.
  • 1974
    Age 18
    Roberts started his career in 1974 in the Louisiana area, as a referee and wrestler, making his name in Mid-South Wrestling, Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, and Georgia Championship Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details Roberts had trouble developing his character, so he traveled to Canada to wrestle in the late 1970s. While in Stampede Wrestling, Roberts was managed by J.R. Foley and feuded with the Junkyard Dog.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on May 30, 1955.
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