Jake “The Snake” Roberts is the newest inductee into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class. The hall continues to rectify the glaring omissions that have plagued it since its return in 2004. Roberts, a beloved superstar, is one of the faces of the 1980s WWF. At different points, he was the 2nd or 3rd top babyface in the company. Although he never won a title in the WWF, Roberts’ is a quintessential example of over.
Jake was the master of wrestling psychology. He spoke slowly and softly and competed sharply. His signature move, the DDT, was so effective, that it has become a standard move for today’s superstars. All of this combines to a deserving Hall of Fame career, but the best part about this induction is that it should never have happened. Jake has been on a downward spiral since 1987, when Honky Tonk Man slammed Jake with a guitar. Jake was the walking dead of professional wrestling for almost 20 years. With his induction, he is now the greatest example of redemption in wrestling history.
I will talk more about this in the full article that will come out this week.
In the meantime, take a look at how far Jake has come: here is his worst in Beyond the Mat.