Jake Roberts recently spoke with NerdRepository.com, here are the highlights….
On discovering that professional wrestling wasn’t real: “It was horrible, man. All my life, I had always been worried for my father’s health. The matches he was going through, he was a main eventer, so he was doing a lot of cutting and bleeding… he was the focus on all the cards he was on. So to be terrified, as a child, thinking your dad’s gonna get killed… it really broke my heart, man. I was very upset, because I realized my father had played all of us kids. All those years, when we were scared to death for his safety, he was playing it… You look at your dad as the guy that would never lie to you, and never do anything wrong to you, and then you find out he’s a total con artist… I really wanted to throw up, man. I was devastated.”
On the difficulty of masking his real-life fear of snakes: “Hell yeah, it was [difficult], man. Being bitten as many times as I was bitten by those damn things? Having a python get around my neck and put me out? One night during a match in Indianapolis, I was wrestling [Ricky] Steamboat, and it got around my neck and put me out before I knew what had happened. It just happened so quick. Messing with the cobra wasn’t a problem, because it was devenomized. But those damn pythons, man, they’ve got long gnarly fangs that just rip the shit out of our skin… I wish I had come up with something like Carl the Cockroach or something. It would have been a lot easier to carry around.”
On his recovery and induction into the WWE Hall of Fame: “I didn’t think it was ever going to happen… When we started that journey, there wasn’t a person in the world who believed that I could get clean, other than Diamond Dallas Page. He believed it, I didn’t. But through his love and his way of inspiring me and putting that fire back into my heart, it made all those things possible. I had given up on life, man. I was trying to die. So to have that opportunity to come back, and be up on that big stage getting that ring that I didn’t think I would ever get… it’s the shit movies are made out of, you know? And by the way, we did make a movie out of it.”
On whether he’ll return to the WWE ring: “I hope so. I’m going to talk to Vince McMahon [about it] at WrestleMania. I would like my last match, forever, to be at WrestleMania next year in Dallas, Texas. I would love to be on that show. I want to go out and give it my best, and I would be in much better shape than I probably was at the end of my career. I still believe there’s a lot of people out there who would like to see me have one more match. I would certainly like to do it… That would certainly be the greatest way to go out. I think that would be awesome, man.”
On a possible opponent for his final match: “I can think of a thousand scenarios… ideally, it would be something with Bray Wyatt… [but] he doesn’t need Jake Roberts. So it’s gotta be somebody that’s on the way up, that needs a little extra ‘oomph’ like Steve Austin did. And we’ll see if I can’t help them out. Maybe it could be a situation where the winner must use the DDT, and from that point on, they’re the master of the DDT. How about that?”