Jake Roberts On His Interview Technique, Who Inspired His Name & Confession About His Gimmick
WWE Hall of Famer, Jake Roberts was a recent guest on the Prime Time with Sean Mooney where he discussed his character, who inspired his name and much more. Below are some highlights with a h/t to PWPodcasts.com for the transcription.
His Interview Technique
“Bob Roop dropped a knee on my throat and crushed my voice box. This is as loud as my voice will get, regardless of what I want it to do, this is it. I can’t scream. If I tried, nothing would come out. So it was a necessity that forced me to do it and knowing how I felt, when somebody yells at me, man, I turn that switch off. I’m not listening to a damn word they’ve got to say.
“And I kind of feel like fans are like that. I think that label of ‘Yeah, it’s that damn phony ass wrestling. Listen to them scream and holler. Well, I didn’t want to be one of those guys. I wanted to be respected as a thinker, as somebody that you feared. That way, if I could have you thinking about that snake and afraid of me, then I didn’t have to answer questions about my life.”
Who Inspired His Name
“I’m a Ken Stabler fan, they were talking about him on Monday Night Football and I’m smoking weed and drinking beer, because that’s what I did back then. I said ‘Man, it’d be so cool if a guy had a snake. Next thing I know, I had this snake idea. Of course, nobody jumped on board with it. I suggested it to Bill Watts. We all know what kind of a jerk and bully he is. He just told me ‘What do you think this is? A damn circus?’ He turned and walked away. Well, guess what, Bill. It is a circus. Come on, give me a break.”
Confession About His Gimmick
“When I got up to (the WWF), they brought (the idea) back. They said ‘Hey, would you be willing to do this?’ I said ‘Oh, hell yeah,’ never considering for a moment just how afraid and terrified I was of snakes. I can’t stand snakes. I hate the damn things, I always have. I’ve been terrified of them.“
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