- 02/10/2013 (4:14:50 pm)
- Bob Mulrenin
Thanks to Mike Informer for sending this in.
Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts: Comeback of a lifetime
Few people believed in Diamond Dallas Page when, at the age of 35, the nightclub owner-turned-pro wrestling manager decided to try his hand in the ring.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts, at that time one of the biggest names in the business, was one of the believers.
Insiders considered Page too old to begin a career as an in-ring performer. But Roberts ignored the skeptics and trained the New Jersey native. Within 10 years DDP (short for Diamond Dallas Page) was a three-time WCW world heavyweight champion and living his dream.
Two decades later, the student is returning the favor.
Roberts, whose substance abuse issues are well documented, had hit an all-time low, both physically and emotionally, when Page called him last summer.
Page was horrified to learn of Roberts’ dire situation. Roberts, suffering from decades of drug and alcohol abuse, had ballooned to well over 300 pounds. He was sinking, and sinking fast.
Until DDP threw him a life jacket.
“I didn’t want to be around anymore,” says Roberts. “Dallas called me and just checked to see how I was doing. Being an addict and a drunk, I lied a lot. So I told him I was OK. But he asked me how much I weighed and I told him. He told me I couldn’t live like that.”