Jake "The Snake" Roberts

Jake "The Snake" Roberts. MikeKalasnik via Flickr / http://bit.ly/1brPrry


Aurelian Smith Jr. was born on May 30, 1955. He is the son of wrestler Grizzly Smith and half-brother of wrestlers Sam Houston and Rockin' Robin. Jake had a very bizarre family life which is detailed in depth in his Pick Your Poison DVD and my review of that DVD. He made his wrestling debut in 1975. He wrestled primarily in the Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma territories before joining the WWF in 1986.

The Snake:

He was known as the Snake before entering the WWF because of his long lanky body. In the WWF, he was given a python snake named Damien that he would wrap on the unconscious victims of his DDT. His first feud was with Ricky Steamboat who brought a Kimono Dragon to the ring with him. Around this time, he was given his own talk show called the Snake Pit.

A Good Guy:

Jake became a good guy when he was hit with a guitar by the Honky Tonk Man. That guitar was real and caused damage to Jake's neck that resulted in him becoming dependent on pain pills and eventually having to take time off. After feuding with the Honky Tonk Man, he got into a feud with Rick Rude when Rude tried to hit on his wife Cheryl Roberts. For those wondering, that was really his wife. Since then, they have divorced.

A Giant, a Millionaire, a Model, and a Deadly Earthquake:

While feuding with Rude, Andre interfered in one of their matches and was afraid of Damien.

After his feud with Andre, he had his neck broken by Ted DiBiase. In reality, he was resting his neck that was injured by The Honky Tonk Man. He was then blinded by Rick Martel's cologne Arrogance. Their feud culminated in a blindfold match. A few months later, Damien was murdered by Earthquake when the 400+ pounder sat on him.

Jake Turns Heel:

Several months later, Jake appeared to align himself with the Ultimate Warrior and had a few bizarre vignettes with him to teach him the powers of the dark side. However, it was all a ruse to help the Undertaker. Before Warrior and Jake were able to fight, Warrior left the WWF. The night Warrior left the WWF, Jake gave a cobra to Elizabeth as a wedding gift and beat up Randy Savage at their wedding reception. Their feud reached epic proportions when Jake's cobra gnawed on Savage's arm for several minutes.

Leaving the WWF and a Quick Stop in WCW:

He had a brief feud with the Undertaker before going to WCW. In WCW, he had a main event match with Sting and then left the business to confront his personal problems. Jake was heavily into drugs and alcohol. He returned to the WWF in 1996 sober but severely out of shape. He left shortly after and has been fighting his drug addictions since.

Beyond the Mat and Heroes of Wrestling:

The late '90s were embarrassing for Jake. The documentary Beyond the Mat captured his addictions and family problems on film. He hit rock bottom at the Heroes of Wrestling PPV in 1999. This was an old timers wrestling event that features Jake fighting his problems.

In his pre-match interview, he was making no sense while slurring his words. His in ring performance was "interesting" and required other wrestlers to join the match to make the match safe for his opponent.

Hall of Fame:

Despite all of his problems, Jake persevered.  His life changed for the better when he hooked up with "Diamond" Dallas Page and entered his "Accountability House".  While there, he lost weight using DDP Yoga and fought his demons.  In 2013, his time in the house was featured on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumble.  The following year, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Pay Per View Matches:

Wrestlemania 2 - Beat George Welles
Wrestlemania III - Lost to the Honky Tonk Man
Survivor Series 1987 - With Jim Duggan, Brutus Beefcake, Randy Savage, & Ricky Steamboat beat The Honky Tonk Man, Harley Race, Hercules Hernandez, Danny Davis, & Ron Bass
Wrestlemania IV - Time limit draw with Rick Rude
SummerSlam 1988 - Beat Hercules Hernandez
Survivor Series 1988 - Andre the Giant, Dino Bravo, Rick Rude, Harley Race, & Curt Hennig beat Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Scott Casey, Ken Patera, & Tito Santana
Wrestlemania - Beat Andre the Giant via DQ
Survivor Series 1989 - With Hulk Hogan, & Demolition beat Ted DiBiase, Zeus, & the Powers of Pain
WrestleMania VI - Lost to Ted DiBiase by count out
SummerSlam 1990 - Beat Bad News Brown
Survivor Series 1990 - Rick Martel, The Warlord, & Power & Glory beat Jake Roberts, The Rockers & Jimmy Snuka
WrestleMania VII - Beat Rick Martel in a blindfold match
Tuesday in Texas - Lost to Randy Savage
WrestleMania VIII - Lost to the Undertaker
Halloween Havoc 1992 - Lost to Sting in a coal miner's glove match
Wrestlemania XII - Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, & Big Van Vader beat Yokozuna, Ahmed Johnson, & Jake Roberts
In Your House - Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith beat Ahmed Johnson & Jake Roberts
King of The Ring 1996 - Beat Big Van Vader by DQ
King of The Ring 1996 - Lost to Steve Austin
SummerSlam 1996 - Lost to Jerry Lawler
Survivor Series 1996 - With Rocky Maivia, Mark Mero, & Barry Windham beat Goldust Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jerry Lawler, & Crush
November to Remember 1998 - Tommy Dreamer & Jake Roberts beat Justin Credible & Jack Victory
Heroes of Wrestling 1999 - Jake Roberts & Jim Neidhart wrestled to a no contest
Heroes of Wrestling 1999 - King Kong Bundy & Jim Neidhart beat Jake Roberts & Yokozuna

(Sources: PWI Almanac, Onlineworldofwrestling.com, & Jake Roberts Pick Your Poison DVD)