Jake Roberts Recalls The Undertaker Standing Up For Him In Front Of WWE Locker Room

The Undertaker intervened on Jake's behalf during his 1996 WWE comeback

On a recent edition of the DDP Snake Pit podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jake 'The Snake' Roberts discussed his storyline feud with Jerry Lawler from the summer of 1996. 

The King mocked Jake's longstanding substance abuse issues in myriad unsavoury ways over the course of their dispute, including pouring a bottle of whiskey down his throat. 

Reflecting on the angle and his general treatment from the WWE locker room at the time, Roberts said: 

"Absolutely it was in horrible taste. They are making fun of me being an alcoholic. He [Lawler] wound up pouring a bottle of whiskey down in my face and burnt the sh*t out of my eyes. Oh no, it was [real], ask Jerry he'll tell you the same damn thing because whenever it comes to him for me to pour it on him, he said you can't pour that on me.

"I said 'What do you mean? You poured it on me?'. He said well, well Vince wanted it poured on you, you know. That mother… because at the time, I was really struggling with my sobriety. And I can't say boys will be boys, because boys can be assh*les.

"They were constantly putting things in my bag that shouldn't have been there. Taking chances with my damn well-being because they were putting drugs in my damn suitcase I didn't know were there. And I would find sh*t in there. You know, paraphernalia and stuff. It was just horrible, man".

Things came to a head during a European tour, when The Undertaker was forced to intervene on Jake's behalf. 

"At some point, we went to Europe and Undertaker heard them getting on me with some pretty, pretty hot and heavy comments. You know, 'P*ssy. You used to be a f*cking man'. You know? Yatta yatta yatta. You know, this, that, and the other. It was some pretty rough stuff going. And Undertaker used to sleep under the bus. You know, there's a compartment for luggage and he goes in there and sleeps while they ran down the road. You know he's a dead man, right?

"So he had the bus pull over. And he got up and cut a promo in my favour. He told them 'You don't want him to go back to being the guy who he used to be, he'll kill every f*cking one of you'. It was pretty rough man. And that was a really bad angle. Even Lawler didn't want to do it. I didn't know it at the time and Lawler didn't want to do it. I thought he was enjoying it a little bit too much. And I had some harsh feelings for Jerry until him and I sat down and talked about it. Now we're good".

H/T Inside the Ropes

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