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Jake Roberts Pays Tribute To Virgil Following Cancer Diagnosis

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Jake Roberts has offered a health update on Virgil after the former WWE Superstar revealed he had been diagnosed with stage two colon cancer.

On May 14th, Virgil shared a post on social media where he disclosed that he is battling stage two colon cancer. In the post, the star asked fans for help with his medical bills, as he is unable to afford the ever-growing costs.

The news came shortly after the former nWo member opened up about his struggles with dementia after he had suffered what doctors described as “two massive strokes.”

Speaking on the latest episode of his DDP Snake Pit podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts offered an update on Virgil’s condition after he spent some time with him recently.

“I just wanna throw some love out there to that guy,” Roberts said. “He went through a lot and he’s, he’s still positive, man, and seeing him this weekend played with my heart quite a bit because, you know, seeing him not be able to lift the one arm. Strokes, yeah, two of them.”

Roberts went on to discuss his own memories of sharing a locker room with the star, recalling the pair sharing a series of bets on the NFL.

“I used to bet with Virgil and if I, if I wanted to bet the Cowboys what I would do is say, ‘Hey man, you know I’m from Dallas, so I have to have get the Cowboys’.” explained Roberts. “I’d say, ‘Good. Sucker’. ‘No, no, no. I’m switching, I’m switching’. And he would switch and he would lose.”

Virgil made his name in the World Wrestling Federation in the late eighties at the side of Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. As DiBiase’s bodyguard, he ensured that anybody that dared claim not to have a price for the Million Dollar Man soon paid the price in the ring.

Eventually, that partnership soured as Virgil saw the light and stepped out of DiBiase’s shadow. He became only the second Million Dollar Champion ever when he defeated DiBiase for the belt at SummerSlam in 1991.

Virgil eventually defected to WCW, joining the New World Order where he was known as Vincent. Under his pre-WWE name of Soul Train Jones, the star appeared on AEW television, introducing Chris Jericho’s ‘Le Celebration Of Le Champion’ back in 2019.

Any fans that would like to help Virgil with his medical bills can donate here.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.