Jake Roberts

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Jake Roberts

Roberts at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo in 2013
Ring name(s) Jake Roberts
Jake Smith, Jr.
El Diablo
The Texan
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Billed weight 249 lb (113 kg)
Born May 30, 1955(1955-05-30)
Gainesville, Texas
Resides Oak Ridge, Texas
Billed from Stone Mountain, Georgia
Debut May 13, 1975
Retired January 29, 2011

Aurelian Jake Smith, Jr. (born May 30, 1955 in Gainesville, Texas) is a retired American professional wrestler who is best known for wrestling with WWF, WCW and ECW under the ring name, Jake "The Snake" Roberts. He is a second generation wrestler because his father is Aurelian "Grizzly" Smith. He was known for bringing out snakes during his matches, one of his snakes being a python named Damien.

During his life, he suffered from alcohol and drug addiction. He moved in with former professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to help get his life back on track.[1]

He made a surprise return on the January 6, 2014 episode of Raw titled Old School Raw and dumped a snake on the face of a downed Dean Ambrose.[2] On the January 27, 2014 episode of Raw, Jerry Lawler announced that Roberts was the second entrant in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014.[3]

Championships[change | change source]

Roberts held many championships during his professional wrestling career:

  • All-Star Wrestling Network (Georgia)
    • AWN World Heavyweight Champion (one time)
  • Americas Wrestling Federation
    • AWF Puerto Rican Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Georgia Championship Wrestling
    • NWA National Television Championship (one time)
    • NWA World Television Championship (Georgia version) (two times)
  • Mid-South Wrestling Association
    • Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship (two times)
    • Mid-South Television Championship (one time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year in 1996
    • PWI ranked him #100 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
  • World Class Championship Wrestling
    • NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Texas version) (one time) with Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez
    • WCCW Television Championship (one time)

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