Jake “The Snake” Roberts Diagnosed With CancerBy: Ann Casano - February 23, 2014
Aurelian Smith Jr., you may know him better by his professional wrestling name, Jake “The Snake” Roberts is in for a different kind of fight. A fight for his life. The semi-retired WWE super star was diagnosed with cancer on Friday after the 58-year-old found a growth behind his knee. Roberts told TMZ that he went to the doctor, had the growth tested, and it came back positive for cancer.
But the show must go on, and Roberts is not ready to give up quite yet. He will have the growth surgically removed on Tuesday and plans to return to the ring as early as March 14th for Jersey Championship Wrestling. Roberts seemed more than optimistic about his prognosis. “If the devil can’t defeat me, cancer doesn’t stand a chance in hell! Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease ’cause The Snake will be just fine.”
Roberts also has a big upcoming appearance in New Orleans, where the legendary scrapper will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Roberts got his nickname “The Snake” because he would bring snakes into the ring during matches. He used many different snakes throughout his career, however, two of his favorites were named Damien and Lucifer. His salad days in the sport came in the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. However, he has stayed active in different wrestling leagues for three decades.
Robert’s trademark move was the “DDT,” which The Snake is often given credit for inventing. Today, the move is considered standard and used by many professional wrestlers. Fans used to cheer for Roberts to use the legendary move to finish up his opponents in the ring, “DDT, DDT, DDT!”
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