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Jake “The Snake” Roberts Diagnosed With Cancer

    February 23, 2014
    Daryl Nelson
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Legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts has cancer. He announced it to the celebrity gossip site TMZ on Friday.

Apparently, Roberts, who’s 58, has developed a cancerous tumor behind one of his knees, but initially he had no idea what was bothering him or what the lump was, so he went to his physician, had some tests and was told the bad news shortly after.

Lately, Roberts has been taking on opponents in the Jersey Championship Wrestling league, but he’ll obviously take some time off to deal with his new diagnosis and undergo the necessary treatment. He’s scheduled to have surgery to remove the tumor this coming Tuesday.

But the Texas native said he’ll be back with Jersey Championship Wrestling as soon as the surgery is over, even if the cancer hasn’t been completely removed. He also says he plans to attend the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in New Orleans that’s taking place in the near future.

So is Roberts scared of everything that’s been happening to him? He probably is, but he’s keeping a stiff upper lip to the press and says people shouldn’t worry about him because he’s a natural born fighter and he’ll conquer the disease with no problem. In addition, he says to pray for those who aren’t as strong as him, because they’ll need it more.

“If the devil can’t defeat me, cancer doesn’t stand a chance in hell,” he said. “Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease cause The Snake will be just fine.”

And despite all that’s going on with the wrestler, he seems to be in very high spirits, as he sent out a tweet recently that said he’s enjoying competing right now and he just had two wonderful matches.

“What a weekend,” wrote Roberts. Two great shows with @JCprowrestling and now headed home with only two hours sleep. Still feel good though.”

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  • Joey Jacobson

    When I was a kid I would call him Jack the Snack lol

  • the1champ

    good luck and God Bless!! sending Prayers to a great wrestler!!

  • Renpher

    I bet he doesn’t know the difference between a wristwatch and a wristlock. Hope he beats the Big C.

  • Mr Bluster

    My fav back-in-the-day. A mensch in every way. Stay strong, Snake.

  • Catman

    A real crowd pleaser. He has beat the best, this will just another notch on his ring post of his accomplishments. Prayers out to him

  • Mary Ellen Knutson

    Love and prayers are sent to you, Jake! You were my idol for a lot of years!

  • OldeGeezer

    Hang in there Snake, you can beat this thing, prayers are flying out your way big fella!

  • carlberlin

    Dude, you need to retire and get your life together

  • Charles Brown

    my favorite….only Moose Cholak ,,,,,,,,,,,,did i like more

  • jamie

    U will beat this like the others you have beaten in the ring. God Bless. I am 58 and need a liver and i will not be getting one. So count your blessing and enjoy the life you have. Every day is great to be alive and kicking.

  • yahoo

    Jake,,,just a quick note…you need to get saved! Your choice…heaven or Hell.

  • Mahala1963

    Jake, I WISH you all the GOOD LUCK that is out there. *C* is a rough round to deal with.

  • Annie

    Great wrestler! But, when you have cancer, you need to concentrate on healing, eating healthy and getting the right treatment. Right now, wrestling should come second, don’t be a fool.

  • Bryant Paul

    Heal quickly Jake. Best wishes.

  • Joe

    Jake the Snake and Ricky Steamboat…..Yhat was entertaiment!!!

  • trueshep

    maybe some snake venom on that cancer will cure it