Jake "The Snake" Roberts gives an update on his health, explains why he picked DDP, if he wants to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, and whether he believes Scott Hall can match his success
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On how he's doing: "A little sore. It's three weeks now since the surgery and as usual I'm impatient. That's the reason I'm not a doctor today, I have no patience. I want to get back at it and I was able to do a few minutes of DDP Yoga yesterday and today and it's sore. The thing that hurt me was not the bone spurs, although I do have a trophy sized bone spur, the doctor told me I had the biggest bone spur he'd ever seen in his life, they did a thing called micro-fracturing. That's where they drill lots of holes in the joint itself and let it bleed for a little bit, and then they scrape the arthritis off of it. That seems to be what has really made it tender. The doctor, I went to see him a couple weeks ago, he told me four to six months to rehab it because of the micro-fracturing. It was the left shoulder. The left shoulder is the one you use all those years wrestling. That's the one that got messed up. It's something now that's behind me and I like a lot of things in my life right now. My life right now has never been as nice as it is today."
On deciding to work with DDP: Well, when he got me on the phone and offered me the program, I'll be straight up with you, he sounded like a woman, I was like, shut the F- up and leave me alone, Dallas. Finally I said, ok, ok, just send the crap to me, I'll do it just so I can get off the phone and go get my booze and my pills, that's the truth. And I agreed to try. Then when it got there, I thought that looks pretty simple, I can do this crap. I quit eating gluten, cut off the dairy and within 2 weeks I'd lost 7 or 8 pounds. You know, it had been so long since I had accomplished anything positive. There's something in my mind that went, man, you could. There was hope. That week, that 10 days, that 8 pounds, lit the fire. It had been so long since I had had a good feeling in my body about wanting to be alive again. I didn't go out anywhere. I wasn't out partying, I was strung up in a hole, hiding from everybody because I didn't want you to see me, I didn't want you to see what I looked like. Just a horrible way of life. For me to lose that way got me thinking maybe I can. It's like that little storybook train, yes I can, yes I can, each week a couple more pounds. 5 pounds come off. 10 pounds come off. The next thing you know, I'm 20 pounds down and that's a big change.
On wanting to be a part of the WWE HOF Absolutely. In the past, I was angry, I said stuff I shouldn't have said, blew some things out of proportion and guess what? Nobody's 100% right all the time and I've made some pretty bad remarks about certain people going in that I didn't think should be in there and I've got to learn to shut my mouth. It's not up to me who goes in. All I will tell you is this; I appreciate the things WWE did for me. I'm ashamed of myself in a way that I threw away opportunities for whatever reason, whether it was the drugs, or whether I got pissed off, or whether they screwed me over, whatever, there is no good reason to throw away the talent that I had. If the lord wants me to, and Vince McMahon wants me to, I'll go into the Hall of Fame. But if it doesn't happen, that's ok too, I'm at a good place in my life and I've got a lot of things that I want to accomplish before I leave this planet and one of them would be going into the Hall of Fame, sure. Another one would be to close my career the way I wanted to. To go back out there one last time. I pity the poor fools who get in my way, because that's what I'm working towards. I'm working towards going out the way I wanted to. I've got to get back out there because whenever I quit, I had to quit because I couldn't hardly walk, my feet were so messed up, my hands were so messed up, I couldn't straighten them out, my feet or my hands. Now I got that all taken care of. I'm not on the meds anymore for my hands or feet, which is amazing.
On whether he believe Scott Hall can get to where he is now: Yes. I'm watching the guy, he's walking around with a cane right now. He's seen what I did, now do you think for one moment that man is going to let me out-do him? He and I are a lot alike. We're in this house together and we help each other. Scott coming here, I get as much out of it as he does, because there's those times when things start coming up in your head and I look over and can tell when Scott's having a bad moment, and he can read me when I'm having a bad moment. He knows what to look for. Diamond Dallas Page does not know what it's like to go through the crap that we went through. He didn't have the drug problem or the alcohol problem that we did. He doesn't know what the head does during those moments. So we're able to help each other and talk to each other and help each other out.
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