Jake 'The Snake' Roberts was one of the most talented talkers and ring psychologists in wrestling history. A more-than-adequate grappler, Roberts made up for what he lacked in flash and physique with a sharp tongue and knack for drawing in crowds.
Roberts is one of the greatest legends not to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. A big reason why is his on-going battle with alcoholism and drug abuse—inner demons that plagued his career and drove him from the industry.
In the last few years, Roberts had reached out to others in the business for support. He's moved in with Diamond Dallas Page, who has helped Roberts in his battle to reach sobriety. Today, The Snake gave his fans an update on Twitter (@JakeSnakeDDT):
The big board. 27 of 90. And 254days coke free. 33 w out a drink! Moving forward.
Roberts' fall from grace is one of the sadder stories in the last few decades of wrestling. During the 1980s, he was a fixture in the WWE and developed into a national icon. His name, along with the likes of Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior, became a ubiquitous cultural reference among even non-wrestling fans.
His feud with The Undertaker was particularly memorable, carrying his pet python Damien over his shoulders. It was a spectacle was wrestling fans craved the most over-the-top and theatrical parts of our favorite form of entertainment.
Today, we keep Roberts in our thoughts as he moves along a difficult journey. It's a story to which many fans can relate, knowing individuals that suffered with substance abuse.
Roberts says he's working to get back in ring shape for a return match, according to an interview with Newsday (h/t Online World of Wrestling). This seems like a longshot, though, I wouldn't be surprised if a small independent company gives him a chance to get in the ring for a nostalgic showcase. He's also stated that he wants to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (WrestlingInc.com).
The Snake definitely belongs in the Hall of Fame and I, personally, hope to see him there come WrestleMania season in the near future. Wrestling has been a driving force in his life for decades and he should be recognized for what he gave to the business and to the WWE.