Jake Roberts Talks Vince McMahon As A Boss, Working With Undertaker & Steve Austin, More
Jake “The Snake” Roberts was recently interviewed by Joshua Modaberi of Wrestling 101. Here are some highlights:
Keeping fans updated on his progress with DDP Yoga with videos and photos: “I wanted everybody to see my progress because you can do it too. There are a lot of people out there who suffer from the same crap that I did, and I want them to know that they can turn their lives around as well, all it takes is commitment. DDP Yoga is about changing your mind and changing everything you are doing because guess what, that s–t was not working. I’m now eating the right foods at the right time.
“DDP would tell me not to wear certain t-shirts because they had negative messages on them and if people see you wearing a shirt with a negative message on they give you negative feedback. He then asked me to come up with some slogans and we put them on shirts like ‘Failure is not an option’ and ‘My history is not my destiny’, people are stopping me in the street and asking where they can buy the shirts.
“I’m looking forward to getting healthy not only for myself but for my kids and my grandkids. I want to help other people feel better as well and I’m going to be a bigger star with DDP Yoga than I ever was being a wrestler.”
If he might return to the ring: “All I’m focused on today is staying sober and keeping my mind away from dope and doing the next best thing and the next right thing. I’m living day-to-day because if I start looking way ahead I’ll get in trouble. I’ll never say never because in the past I would have said I’ll never do yoga so how can I say I’ll never do anything else.”
Working with Randy Savage: “It was wonderful, it was easy working with Randy, he was wired different, everyone was running on 1.10, Randy would be running on 2.20. He was a bit of a psycho at times, he would fly off the handle on your ass so you always had to be careful what you said or did, but I love Randy, god bless him.”
Working with The Undertaker: “Working with The Undertaker was great, working with him early on in his career you knew he was talented but with regards to his WrestleMania streak absolutely not, who would of? If I said, yeah I knew that would happen I would be a liar. He has taken the bull by the horns and has had a fabulous career, nobody is going to touch that streak and I hope it goes on forever, he is a great guy and he deserves to be able to do whatever he wants.”
Working with Steve Austin: “It was wonderful and I wanted Steve to get a break, he had been around for a while and he had never been given the break he deserved. He was a great ring technician, but he damn sure wasn’t the ‘Ring Master’ though, that’s what they called him when he first came in, Ted DiBiase talked for him and that damn sure wasn’t needed either.
Steve came to me and wanted help, I got with him because I respected his work in the ring and his dedication. Everyday he had a match he would call me and tell me what went on, and I would tell him what he should have done there or what he shouldn’t have done here and I schooled him.
“Doing the 3:16 thing was just phenomenal, being the guy that went out there and made him a superstar is something that I will always hold dear to my heart because at the time everyone was saying he would never be a main event guy but guess what, they were all wrong, and Jake ‘The Snake’ said so.”
Vince McMahon as a boss: “That’s my business and nobody else’s; I respect the man immensely for what he’s done in wrestling, with wrestling and for wrestling. There are some things I don’t like but guess what there are some things I don’t like about everybody including myself.”
If he would look forward to a WWE Hall of Fame induction: “Oh absolutely, if it happens it happens and maybe it will someday and if it doesn’t my life won’t be changed by it, it could be enhanced a bit by it but it’s not going to change. I achieved a lot in wrestling and I’m proud of it, I’m not proud of a lot of my actions away from wrestling, but I’m going to stand up and take those on the chin as well because you have to take the good with the bad.”