Jake Roberts, The Undertaker, a stripper and a King Cobra. Not the set up for a bizarre joke, just a standard night out in the early 90’s with a WWE Hall of Famer.
When asked to name their influences, a whole host of wrestling legends tip their hat to Jake Roberts. Although he was never World Champion, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest minds in the business. So naturally when The Undertaker moved to the WWF in 1990 and asked to drive with Roberts, the would-be Hall of Famer assumed it was because he wanted to learn about “the business.”
The truth was, ‘Taker was aware of Roberts’ reputation for knowing the best strip clubs all over the world.
As with many surreal wrestling stories, this one begins in one of America’s finest (maybe) gentleman’s bars after a show.
Speaking during a recent episode of his DDP Snake Pit podcast, Roberts recalled an incident which ended with his King Cobra biting the nipple of a dancer and refusing to let go.
“Mark [The Undertaker] and I, we finished the show in Houston and we were really tired. We just wanted to go someplace where we can listen to music, drink a couple of beers, you know, chill out. So we stopped this gentleman’s bar. Well, come to find out there weren’t many gentlemen in there. There was a whole bunch of young guys that were whistling and screaming at girls that were naked, it was a strip joint.
And we went in there anyway and we found our little corner. But as soon as we came in, the best looking girl in the place starts ragging on both of us. ‘Oh, looky here. It’s the phoney wrestlers. Yo guys are shit, you’ll ain’t nothing. You’re not fighters. You’re not wrestlers. You’re just you’re just doing a stupid act. wrestling fans are stupid…’
And just kept going on and on, so we sit down and she’s still on stage doing this sh*t. [She] Quit dancing, but then somebody told her I’m Jake the Snake Roberts. [She responds] ‘Oh my God. You’re the absolute worst you and that phoney snake.’ Phoney snake? What are you talking about? [She says] ‘I know that snake is not real.’ Really? ‘Oh, yeah. If you had it with you, I’d get on stage and show everybody it’s not real. I dance with it. Yeah.’ Before I can say anything Mark said, Go get that motherf*cker.
So I couldn’t disappoint him. So I went to the car and I got it, and it was that King Cobra, the one that bit [Randy] Savage. So I brought it in the bag and just set it on the table. This bimbo walks over jerks him out of the bag, I’m like, holy sh*t, she’s gonna get bit right now. And she gets up on stage and she says ‘See I told you folks, it’s not real. It’s bullsh*t. He’s got some delivery mice over there. He turns it makes it move and stuff. Look at this stupid b*stard.’
As she’s doing this. She starts dancing. She’s going around the pole the third time, the snake struck, perfect. Got the whole nipple in his mouth and he’s biting and she’s screaming but she’s still running around the pole. She lets go this thing is holding on by her nipple. She is screaming her ass off, and that is where I will end the story.”
During the podcast looking back at Undertaker’s legendary career, Roberts took issue with Brock Lesnar ending The Streak, describing the decision as a “waste.”
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