WWE legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts recently did an interview with the Busted Open satelitte radio show about returning to WWE at the Old School RAW, his career and more. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On being proud about returning to the WWE on Old School Raw and dealing with obstacles that come up in his life: Big time. Big time. You gotta deal with each moment; that’s part of sobriety. Is taking the hard stuff in the face and laying it out in front of you. And saying okay, here’s where I go from there. Before it was just an F that and got drunk, got high. And woke up three days later with more problems. That’s the funny thing about drugs and alcohol. There’s no problem that gets better when you get high. It will be back.
On if he ever thought there would be a time where he would be walking down the aisle again for the WWE: No, god no. No, I’d already given up on that man. That was one of the hardest things about getting sober was looking at the carnage I’d created. And remembering some of these statements–oh my god! I must’ve been so F upped. But you know what a drug addict or an alcoholic can justify any sin. I can justify murder when I’m high. I can justify rape when I’m high. I can justify anything when I’m wanting my dope. And that’s the sickness. And some of the stuff I said about WWE and McMahon and anybody else up there, was just me lashing out because of my hate for myself. That’s not an excuse to do it. It shows me how big they are; not only to pay for rehab for an a**hole that’s going out here and blasting the hell out of them, but they also–for them to open the door and say “Dude, come back.” And it’s like are you serious? Cause I had given up on that. I’d truly given up on them–I gave up on the Hall Of Fame, I gave up on everything. Like you know, what the hell man; Koko B. Ware’s there and I’m not? Are you serious? Geez. Warrior? Christ, man. That really hurts.
On the Ultimate Warrior going into the HOF this year; how his and Warrior’s career can’t be compared: I know, man! I know that. But maybe they’re taking in a**holes and not great talent. I don’t know.
On being deserving of an induction to the HOF: Well, whether you deserve it or not is not up to me man. And my life isn’t dependent upon that. If it doesn’t happen this year, maybe it’ll happen next year. I can only hope. I’m not going to let that take me down, man. Where as before, I could think of any reason to get high. ‘I didn’t get this; I didn’t get that; they screwed me over this; they screwed me over that.’ Yeah, yeah, yeah. I can fabricate any bulls**t. But right now I’m just stating what’s the truth. The truth is I’m not in there and that’s okay. That’s okay. Look, I came back to Raw, brother! And I stole the f’ing show.
To read the full interview recap with Jake Roberts, click here.