It was the early 90s, and I was still rockin' and rollin' pretty hard. Burning the candle at every end possible, playing in a rock and roll band some nights, playing in my musical comedy duo other nights, but always playing somewhere if possible. That night, I met professional wrestler, Jake "The Snake" Roberts. His nemesis of the time, Ted "Million Dollar Man DiBiase had come to the same club a couple of weeks prior, and we had pulled him up on stage to sing the blues. He made up words about wrestlers, and we sang and played behind him. The crowd loved it, and Ted was a real great guy to hang with that night. So when Jake came in to the same club a couple weeks later, we figured we'd do the same thing. Jake looked at me like I was crazy, and declined. I told him, "Ted DiBiase sang with us two weeks ago." He smiled and said, "I know, he told me... and told me." I prodded him further, but he said, "I can't sing. My voice box was crushed years ago. That's why I talk like this." After a couple of drinks we settled on lip syncing. We played Radar Love by Golden Earring, and Jake and I sang the "OOOOOs" in the background together, with me singing, and he just rounding his mouth to fake it. Jake ended up hanging out for the rest of the night, and a good time was had by all. After that, when I would see Jake on TV, I would smile and say, "Hey it's Jake!", and kind of pull for him, even though I knew it was a predetermined outcome.
So a few years ago, when I read about the problems Jake was having with addictions, it made me sad. The videos I saw showed me a very different man than the one I had experienced years before. So it made me extremely happy to find out that Jake is trying to turn things around, big time. I just saw the trailer for The Resurrection of Jake The Snake Roberts. Check i out, and tell me how you can not root for the man just one more time.
Jake The Snake.
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