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Jake Roberts – “AEW Is Cirque Du Soleil In A Ring”

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WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts says that he loves working for AEW, even if the wrestling itself reminds him of Cirque du Soleil.

Jake “The Snake” Roberts has seen it all both inside and outside of the ring in a career spanning more than four decades. The Hall of Famer is regarded as one of the best wrestlers to never win a World Championship, as well as one of the greatest minds that the industry has ever seen.

While his days in the ring are now behind him, Roberts can still be found in AEW imparting his knowledge and experience onto the next generation of World Champions.

Speaking on his new podcast alongside fellow Hall of Famer, Diamond Dallas Page, DDP Snake Pit, Roberts says that he’s enjoying his time with the company, even if the wrestling resembles an acrobatic demonstration.

“I’m in AEW now, these young kids down there, I love them to death, even though it is Cirque du Soleil in a ring. It’s different but even though it is still the same. You know, the things that I can teach you you can use still use today. When [DDP & Kevin] Nash, you know, would let me ride with them, it made me feel really good and made me feel needed. Don’t we all wanna feel needed, man?”

Expanding further, Roberts explained that he feels that today’s stars destroy their credibility by performing moves that they can’t always pull off perfectly. The former WWE star says that even though the rest of the match might be perfect, fans will remember the one thing that went wrong.

“Well, you never destroy your own credibility, right? Because once you destroy your credibility, that fan writes you off. they put a big X on your name, ‘phony, push him aside.’ How do you do that? Well, you don’t go in the ring and do 80 things that you can’t do perfectly. That’s what I told him. I said, ‘Don’t do any different things. Do five different things that you do absolutely perfect that people cannot see through no matter how hard they try. Because then they believe in you.

If they believe in you, they don’t mind spending their money on you. They don’t mind coming to see you. Because they know that Diamond Dallas Page is gonna kick somebody’s butt and guys will go out there and they’ll do 99 things perfectly. But that 100th thing stinks.”

The veteran then compared the situation to someone cheating on their wife, commenting that once that trust is broken, the man’s wife will only remember that he cheated on her.

“I kind of compare it to, like, the guy that had been married for 20 years. Okay and Jake comes down and Jake takes him out like getting drunk and he winds up sleeping with a [little person]. Yeah, he goes home and he feels so bad because he’s never cheated on his wife.

He loves her and loves her to death, man. He feels so bad that there is only one thing to do. I got to get it right. I got to tell her. So he goes to her and he says, ‘Baby. You know how much I love, you know? Well, honey. Last night that damn Jake got me drunk and I slept with a [little person] well, I’ll never do that again.’

Do you think she believes him? No, he destroyed his own credibility. She doesn’t even believe he’s never cheated before. She doesn’t believe anything that he says now because he destroyed his own credibility. Why in the hell would you want to do that?”

Roberts added that today’s wrestlers are much better athletes than he could ever dream of being, but he stands by a “less is more” philosophy.

“That’s my biggest bitch today with the guys out in the ring is, they’re such phenomenal athletes. I mean, they’re 100 times more the athletes now than I ever was or ever thought about being actually. They are incredible. But they do things that aren’t quite right and it just kills them or they get busted up or crippled. So my story is less is more.”

During his time in AEW, Jake Roberts had been appearing alongside Lance Archer. However, Archer has been out of action since October after injuring his neck in a match with Eddie Kingston.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.