Jake “The Snake” Roberts joined Busted Open with Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman. You can hear Busted Open from 2-4 ET on Sirius 94, XM 208, and Sportszone 860 on the internet. Here are some highlights.
On WrestleReunion 7: “Well, you can expect everything. You can expect the unexpected from me. It’s just a great moment for the fans ’cause you’ll be able to get up close and personal with the guy, and , to me, that’s the best part about it…to give back a little bit what they’ve given me over the years; give them a moment.”
Not being in WWE Hall of Fame: “There’s been a lot of guys go in that belong there, and — I’ll say it again — I think there are some who shouldn’t be in there, but who the hell am I? Hell, I’m not in there, so what the hell. Maybe someday when they put some more guys in there, maybe I’ll go in. I would love to go in, not so much for me but for my kids, man. It’s part of my legacy. I put so much into wrestling; 37 years of it. Why I’m not there, I’m sure somebody’s got a reason.”
Working with Alice Cooper at WrestleMania III: “It was a real hoot, man! I remember going to do a photo shoot at some hotel in New York City with Alice Cooper getting ready for Wrestlemania. I remember going up to his room with all the camera guys and stuff. We knocked on the door and this guy lets us in. And of course it’s not just a room; it’s a damn big suite. Alice comes in and what he does is like — I don’t know if you ever seen the commercial where the two people are running up the hill towards each other in slow motion?— coming closer. All of a sudden he’s being the fan, and here I am It’s my turn to be the fan, asshole! He’s saying, ‘Come here, man! Come in!’ I’m like, ‘No wait, man! I listened to you when I was in high school! ‘School’s Out for Summer’, that was hot when I was 17.’ To be there with him was just unbelievable, and of course doing a match out there with him was unbelievable too.
“They took us up on our scissor – lifts way up in the air where it came to the curtain. From ninety-four thousand people… it took your breath away. You felt like your hair was growing, man! And as we’re getting closer to the ring, I feel his fingernails sliding down my damn side and arm and I’m What the hell is that?! And I look, and Cooper is sliding down. I’m like, ‘What’s wrong?’ And he’s like, ‘Too much rush.’ And I’m like, ‘What the eff are you talkin’ about?!’ And he’s like, ‘I’m alone!’ And if you think about it, I understand where he’s coming from. In his world, he’d come out on the stage, he’d have his band around him, had all his stuff ready to go, and he knew where he was going. But in my world, he was having to stand there on his own two feet with no guitar, no microphone, and he was running the show.
“We get to the ring and the match starts, and of course The Honky Tonk Man—being the prick that he is—he’s really screwin’ with Alice. He’s like: ‘You little f-ggot b—h! I’m gonna make you my horny woman!’ And Cooper is starting to fire up, and Honky Tonk (once he sees him getting mad) he just keeps going: ‘C’mon you little queer! Why they call you Alice, you little b—h?!’ And he just keeps riding Alice, y’know: ‘Take that jacket off, boy, I’ll whoop your ass too, soon as I get through with Jake!’ And Cooper pulls that jacket off, man, and it’s like, Oh my god! Biafra! His arms are about the size of my toe!”
WWE then and now: “It was different. I certainly see where this is going, which is bringing us into the mainstream, and that’s a positive thing. Y’know, Vince McMahon and the WWF did a hell of a deal turning this into such a monster. His machine is unbeatable. I mean, don’t kid yourself TNA, you’ll always be third stream; there is no second stream. You’ll be third at least because there is no way in hell you’re gonna catch these people, and you might as well forget about it and quit telling the people you are.”