Jake Roberts Recounts Time He Intentionally Injured Opponent

Jake Roberts

Jake Roberts has recalled a time he was up against an opponent who was working too stiff with him, and took matters in to his own hands to make sure it didn’t happen again.

A wrestling legend, Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts has been recording the DDP Snake Pit Podcast alongside Diamond Dallas Page since the start of 2022. The alliance is a fruitful one for those who like to hear behind the scenes stories, as the pair have plenty to tell and pull no punches.

Speaking on a recent episode, Jake Roberts discussed a time when he was recovering from neck surgery and his opponent was continuously making his clotheslines land a little too snug.

At this point ‘The Snake’ confronted his opponent after a match, making clear that they needed to work together more effectively. When they didn’t listen, he took action.

I had an incident where a guy was giving me a clothesline every night and it was freaking ripping my head off, and I was recovering from having neck surgery. And in wrestling, you can make it look like you tore the guy’s head off or you can tear the guy’s head off. And of course, making it look like it is much better because then the guy can sell it properly. When you tear somebody’s head off, there’s no selling it, man. You get what you got.

And I went to the guy and called him out, you know, ‘hey dude, you’re killing me. What the hell?’ And he looked at me and said, ‘well maybe it’s time you get out of the ring’. So the next time we wrestled, he clotheslined me and I did a little manoeuvre and snapped his bicep in half with intent. And when he went down, he was grabbing his arm, the bicep rolled up on his shoulder, it looked pretty awesome.

The WWE Hall Of Famer confirmed that his opponent was away from the ring for six months from the injury, and that he isn’t proud of how he acted when he looks back.

And he’s screaming to ring the bell and I jumped on top of him and grabbed bicep and just started squeezing, and I was pissed. And I told him maybe it was time for him to get out of the damn ring. Not proud of it. I do need to apologize to him, face him, I’m not gonna call his name out. We all know him. But he did what he did, and I did what I did, and he had six months off.

Looking back, Jake Roberts looked at how he would have handled the situation differently.

A real man would’ve said, ‘if you do that again, I’m gonna do this to you’. I didn’t do that. So, I felt bad about it because as a wrestler, each time you get into that ring, it’s a life or death situation and you trust your opponent with your life.

So I took advantage of that and I feel, I’ve always felt bad about that. I do need to apologize to the guy about it. I’m kind of scared to because he’ll probably kick my a–, and I can’t take that anymore.

Jake Roberts now lends his wrestling knowledge to those at All Elite Wrestling, appearing at ringside for his charge Lance Archer who recently competed against Adam Page for the AEW World Championship on an episode of Dynamite.

With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.