The following are highlights from a recent interview with WWE Hall Of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts:
Jake Roberts on his future in wrestling: “I think it’s about time I retire, eve though I hate to say it. I can’t do the things I once could. I have some health problems I can’t mess with. Of all the strange, queer things to happen to you, my tendons in my hands are shortening so my fingers are curling up.
“The only way to correct that is to have major surgery on all fingers and I’m just not ready to do that today. On top of that my lungs are screwed up from genetics. Kids… never ever smoke a cigarette or some dope. Don’t do anything stupid like that. Your lungs are very important. There’s nothing like trying to do something you want to do but can’t because you can’t breathe.”
Roberts on today’s product: “To me that’s still not wrestling. I’m not old school. I’m from the school that burnt down before they built the old school. Take a guy sitting in the ring with another guy in a headlock for 15 minutes and the crowd wanting to run in the ring and kill him. That’s wrestling. There’s no heat involved today. It’s all about flash and dance. Sort of like movies today. It’s all about the visual effects.”
Check out the full audio interview online at this link.