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Jake Roberts Says He Once Purposely Injured An Opponent

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Jake Roberts has recalled how he deliberately injured an opponent he thought was being too stiff in the ring.

In early 2022, Diamond Dallas Page and Jake Roberts launched their DDP Snake Pit podcast. On each episode, the two friends look back across their stories careers, pulling no punches, discussing their time in the ring with searing honesty.

This approach recently found Roberts discussing his struggles with his mental health and numerous attempts to take his own life.

On a recent episode, Roberts opened up about one of his less than impressive moments inside the ring. Recalling one match in particular, Jake “The Snake” recalled becoming so frustrated with his unnamed opponent that he deliberately injured him.

Roberts explained that his rival was being a little too firm when delivering his clotheslines, despite the fact he was recovering from neck surgery.

“I had an incident where a guy was giving me a clothesline every night and it was freaking ripping my head off, and I was recovering from having neck surgery. And in wrestling, you can make it look like you tore the guy’s head off or you can tear the guy’s head off. And of course, making it look like it is much better because then the guy can sell it properly. When you tear somebody’s head off, there’s no selling it, man. You get what you got.

“And I went to the guy and called him out, you know, ‘hey dude, you’re killing me. What the hell?’ And he looked at me and said, ‘well maybe it’s time you get out of the ring’. So the next time we wrestled, he clotheslined me and I did a little manoeuvre and snapped his bicep in half with intent. And when he went down, he was grabbing his arm, the bicep rolled up on his shoulder, it looked pretty awesome.”

Continuing on, the WWE Hall of Famer said that he is far from proud of the incident, which caused his opponent to miss six months of action.

“And he’s screaming to ring the bell and I jumped on top of him and grabbed bicep and just started squeezing, and I was pissed. And I told him maybe it was time for him to get out of the damn ring. Not proud of it. I do need to apologize to him, face him, I’m not gonna call his name out. We all know him. But he did what he did, and I did what I did, and he had six months off.”

Roberts went to explain how he should have handled the situation, reaffirming that feels bad about what happened.

“A real man would’ve said, ‘if you do that again, I’m gonna do this to you’. I didn’t do that. So, I felt bad about it because as a wrestler, each time you get into that ring, it’s a life or death situation and you trust your opponent with your life. So I took advantage of that and I feel, I’ve always felt bad about that. I do need to apologize to the guy about it. I’m kind of scared to because he’ll probably kick my a–, and I can’t take that anymore.”

During the episode, Jake Roberts also called out WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for ruining Cage Matches, commenting that the ‘escape the cage’ stipulation, took the heat out of the match.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.