WWE Classic Superstars - Jake 'The Snake' Roberts

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 by Shaun in Labels: ,

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Aurelian Smith, Jr. (born on May 30, 1955), better known by his ring name of Jake "The Snake" Roberts, is a second-generation American professional wrestler and the son of former wrestler Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith. Roberts is arguably best known for his two stints in the World Wrestling Federation—the first between 1986 and 1992, and the second between 1996 and 1997—though he also wrestled in World Championship Wrestling in 1992 and the Mexico-based Asistencia Asesoría y Administración between 1993 and 1994 and again in 1997.

Throughout his career he was known for his promos and his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology in his matches, and has been credited for inventing the DDT, though that has been challenged. He is also credited with training the wrestlers Diamond Dallas Page and Raven, as well as teaching much about wrestling psychology to his on-screen enemies, Steve Austin and the Undertaker.

Roberts was one of the subjects of the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat. Roberts is a one-time Stampede North American Heavyweight Champion as well as winning many other championships during his wrestling career.

Jake made an appearance on the October 19, 2006 edition of TNA iMPACT!, making a surprise appearance to a huge pop from the live audience. He announced he would referee the Monster's Ball match between Brother Runt, Abyss, Raven, and Samoa Joe at Bound for Glory. Jake proceeded to cut a rambling, incoherent promo that was barely audible to the live audience. At least once he ended up on his back during the promo and had trouble getting up. The promo lasted a couple of minutes live but was so incoherent that it was edited down to about 15 seconds on iMPACT.

He had a snake in a bag, which he placed on Brother Runt after Runt came out and confronted Jake. At one point he even stuffed the snake's head down the front of Runt's pants. The confrontation was only partially aired on iMPACT. At Bound For Glory on October 22, 2006, he performed his signature DDT on Raven, giving Samoa Joe the win in the Monster's Ball match. Jake did his signature after match ritual by putting a snake (which resembled "Revelations") on Raven.

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