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[Jake Roberts Gallery]
Wrestler: Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Real Name: Aurelian Smith, Jr.
Birthday: May 30, 1955
Hometown: Stone Mountain, Georgia
Moved to the United Kingdom
Now lives in Pompano Beach, Florida
Marital Status: Divorced from Cheryl Roberts
Married to Judy (February 06)
Height: 6'5" - 267 lbs
Trained by: Brad Rheingans
Grizzly Smith
Debut: May 13, 1975
Previous Gimmicks: Jake Smith, Jr. (Late 70s)
Finishing Move: DDT
Favorite Moves: Knee Lift
Short Arm Clothesline
Gut Buster
Notable Feuds: Ronny Garvin
Lord Humongous
Oliver Humperdink
Dick Slater
Ricky Steamboat
Macho Man
Honky Tonk Man
Rick Rude
Ted DiBiase
Bad New Brown
Rick Martel
Ultimate Warrior
Randy Savage
Undertaker
Konnan (Mexico)
Sting
Terry Taylor
Jerry Lawler
Steve Austin

  • Stampede North American Heavyweight title;
  • (Louisiana) Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight title;
  • (Louisiana/Oklahoma) Mid-South North American Heavyweight title (2);
  • (Louisiana/Oklahoma) Mid-South Television title;
  • NWA National/World Television title (2);
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team titles;
  • World Class Championship Television title;
  • World Class Championship Wrestling Six Man Tag Team titles;
  • NWA Television title;
  • AWF (Australia) Heavyweight title;
  • UWS (New York) Heavyweight title;
  • AWF Puerto Rican Heavyweight title;
  • Smokey Mountain Heavyweight title;
  • WWA Puerto Rican Heavyweight title
  • 1992 RSPW Best Heel Award Winner;
  • 1996 PWI Onspirational Wrestler of the Year;
  • BBOW (Colorado) Heavyweight title
  • Obsessedwithwrestling.com Hall of Fame Inductee (2003);


  • In The Beginning:
  • Jake Roberts is the son of wrestler Grizzly Smith and is the half brother of Sam Houston and Rockin' Robin..

    National Wrestling Alliance:
  • Jake Roberts started out in the Mid-South territory and was taken under the wing of Mr. Wrestling II, who taught him the knee lift..
  • June 6, 1981: Jake Roberts defeated the Grappler for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight title..
  • July 4, 1981 - Superdome: Paul Orndorff defeated Jake Roberts for the Mid-South North American Heavyweight title..
  • Jake Roberts went to Georgia Championship Wrestling and became a member of Paul Ellering's original Legion of Doom..
  • ~~~Consisted of Roberts, King Kong Bundy, Hawk, Animal, Buzz Sawyer, Iron Sheik, Luke Graham, The Sheik & Killer Karl Krup..
  • 1983: Jake Roberts & Ronnie Garvin began feuding over the NWA National Television title..
  • November 6, 1983: Jake Roberts defeats Ronnie Garvin for the NWA National Television title..
  • March 4, 1984: The National TV title is renamed to the NWA Television title, thus recognizing Jake Roberts as the first champion..
  • April 7, 1984: Ronnie Garvin defeated Jake Roberts for the NWA Television title..
  • October 27, 1984: Jake Roberts/Chris Adams/Gino Hernandez beat Kevin/Kerry/Mike von Erich for the World 6-Man Tag Team titles..
  • December 31, 1984: The von Erich Brothers defeated Jake Roberts & Chris Adams & Gino Hernandez to win the titles back..
  • June 16, 1984: Jake Roberts defeated Ronnie Garvin to regain the NWA Television title..
  • ~~~The title is immediately held up because Jake Roberts used a foreign object to defeat Ron Garvin..
  • Jake Roberts started to use the famous DDT as his new signature finisher during his stint in the NWA..
  • July 1, 1984: Ronnie Garvin defeated Jake Roberts by COUNT OUT in the rematch to recapture the Television title..
  • January 1, 1986: Jake Roberts defeated Dick Slater in the tournament final to win the Mid-South Television title..
  • February 28, 1986: Dick Slater defeated Jake Roberts for the Mid-South Television title..
  • Jake Roberts packed up his bags and signed a contract with Vince McMahon and the expanding World Wrestling Federation..

    World Wrestling Federation - Jake The Snake Roberts:
  • Jake Roberts became one of the top heels in the WWF and began bringing a pet snake (Damien) with him to the ring..
  • ~~~Jake would render his opponents unconcious with a DDT and then let Damien crawl all over him!
  • April 2, 1986 - Wrestlemania II: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated ex-football player George Wells..
  • May 3, 1986 - SNME: Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat didn't get started..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts ignited a feud with Ricky Steamboat after he executed the DDT on Steamboat on the ringside concrete floor!
  • August 28, 1986 - The Big Event: Ricky Steamboat defeated Jake Roberts in a "Snake Pit" match..
  • October 4, 1986 - SNME: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts..
  • November 29, 1986 - SNME: Randy "Macho Man" Savage vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts went to a DOUBLE DQ..
  • Jake Roberts began a brief feud with Hulk Hogan, but the angle was dropped when Roberts started receiving cheers from the crowd..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Honky Tonk Man:
  • 1987: Jake Roberts turned face and began hosted a weekly interview segment called "The Snake Pit"..
  • Early 1987: Jake Roberts was attacked by the Honky Tonk Man during an interview and they started a feud..
  • March 14, 1987 - SNME: King Kong Bundy defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts by COUNT OUT..
  • March 27 - Wrestlemania III: Honky Tonk Man w/Jimmy Hart defeated Jake Roberts (accompanied by rock star Alice Cooper)..
  • May 2, 1987 - SNME: Kamala defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts..
  • November 16, 1987 - Legends Battle: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Killer Khan by Disqualification..
  • November 26, 1987 - Survivor Series: Roberts/Savage/Steamboat/Duggan/Beefcake b Honky Tonk/H.Race/Hercules/R.Bass/D.Davis..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat & Randy Savage survive when captain Honky Tonk Man walked out..
  • January 2, 1988 - SNME: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Wild Samoan Sika..
  • January 24, 1988 - Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts entered the Royal Rumble at number 5, but was eliminated by the One Man Gang..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Rick Rude:
  • Jake Roberts engaged in a brutal feud with Rick Rude, who tried to kiss Cheryl Roberts at ringside..
  • March 27, 1988 - Wrestlemania IV: Jake Roberts and Rick Rude wrestle to a 15 minute draw in the 1st round of the Undisputed Title Tournament..
  • July 31, 1988 - WrestleFest: Jake Roberts vs "Ravishing" Rick Rude ended in a DOUBLE COUNT OUT..
  • August 28, 1988 - SummerSlam: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Hercules Hernandez..
  • ~~~Rick Rude faced Junk Yard Dog that same night, and wore a set of tights with Cheryl Robert's face airbrushed on them..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts ran down and interfered, causing a disqualification -- BUT throwing more fuel on the fire of his feud with Rude..
  • WWF Superstars: Jake Roberts issued a warning to Rick Rude never to wear those tights again, or else!
  • ~~~Rick Rude came out on TV wearing another set of tights with Cheryl Roberts' face airbrushed on the front..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts ran into the ring and literally ripped the tights off of the Ravishing on, leaving him naked!
  • ~~~The angle was soon dissolved in late 1988 when it was discovered that Rick Rude & Cheryl were allegedly having a real life affair..
  • October 29, 1988 - SNME: Jake Roberts defeated Rick Rude when Andre the Giant interfered and caused a DQ..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts then unleashed Damien on the Giant, who dropped in the ring as a result of an apparant heart attack..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Andre The Giant:
  • November 24, 1988 - Survivor Series: Giant/Bravo/Perfect/Rude/Race beat Jake Roberts/Duggan/Santana/Patera/Scott Casey..
  • November 16, 1988 - SNME: Jake Roberts interfered in the Randy Savage/Andre the Giant WWF title match..
  • January 15, 1989 - Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts entered the Royal Rumble at #7 but was quickly eliminated by Andre the Giant..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts returned a few minutes later with Damien, scaring Andre the Giant into eliminating himself!
  • April 2, 1989 - Wrestlemania V: Jake Roberts defeated Andre the Giant by DQ when Andre attacked guest referee Big John Studd..
  • WWF Superstars: Jake Roberts defeated Virgil when Ted DiBiase interfered and sidelining Roberts for a couple of months..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Ted DiBiase:
  • November 23, 1989 - Survivor Series: Hulk Hogan/Jake Roberts/Demolition beat Ted DiBiase/Zeus/Powers of Pain..
  • January 21, 1990 - Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts entered the Royal Rumble at #4 and is eliminated by Randy Savage..
  • January 27, 1990 - SNME: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Greg "The Hammer" Valentine by DQ..
  • WWF Superstars: Jake Roberts attacked Ted DiBiase after a squash match and stole the Million Dollar belt!
  • ~~~Ted DiBiase challenged Jake Roberts to a match the week after for the Million-Dollar title..
  • ~~~A week later, Ted DiBiase payed Slick to have the Big Bossman attack Jake Roberts and steal back the belt!
  • ~~~Big Bossman handcuffed Jake Roberts to the ring ropes as Ted DiBiase, Virgil & Slick go to the Brother Love Show..
  • ~~~Big Bossman discovered that he was being ripped off so he turned face and returned the title AND Damien back to Jake Roberts..
  • April 1, 1990 - Wrestlemania VI: Ted DiBiase defeated Jake Roberts by count out to win back the Million Dollar belt..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Bad News Brown:
  • Jake Roberts and Bad News Brown begin to feud weeks after Wrestlemania..
  • Jake Roberts received a series of title matches against IC champion Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig..
  • August 27, 1990 - Summerslam: Jake Roberts defeated Bad News Brown by DQ when Bad News attacks special guest referee Big Bossman..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Rick Martel:
  • Jake Roberts began a feud with Rick Martel, and Martel sprayed "arrogance" into Jake's eyes, blinding him!
  • November 22, 1990 - Survivor Series: Martel/Warlord/Hercules/Roma defeated Roberts/Snuka/Michaels/Jannetty..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts was counted out after chasing Rick Martel to the back while holding Damien..
  • January 19, 1991 - Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts entered the Royal Rumble at #9 and was eliminated by Rick Martel..
  • March 24, 1991 - Wrestlemania VII: Jake Roberts defeated Rick Martel in an entertaining "Blind Fold" match..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs Earthquake:
  • Jake Roberts began a feud with Earthquake, after Earthquake ‘kills’ Damien with his earthquake buttdrop..
  • ~~~Jake then introduced his new pet snake, named "Lucifer"..
  • April 24, 1991 - UK Rampage: Earthquake defeated Jake Roberts by COUNT OUT..

    World Wrestling Federation - (Heel Turn) vs Randy Savage:
  • Jake Roberts turned heel and feuded with the Ultimate Warrior..
  • August 26, 1991 - SummerSlam 1991: Jake Roberts and The Undertaker crashed Randy Savage & Elizabeth's wedding reception party..
  • ~~~Elizebeth opened one of her gifts and found a deadly cobra snake inside and Jake & Taker appeared and harassed the newlyweds!
  • WWF Superstars: Jake Roberts attacked Randy Savage and allowed his pet cobra to bite Randy Savage's bicep!
  • November 27, 1991 - Survivor Series: Jake Roberts & Randy Savage were scheduled to participate but were banned!
  • December 3, 1991 - Tuesday Night in Texas: Randy "Macho Man" Savage defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts..
  • January 19, 1992 - Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts entered the Royal Rumble at #16 but was eliminated by Randy Savage..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts attempted to hit Elizabeth with a steel chair..
  • ~~~The Undertaker stepped in and stopped the attack, which led to a feud between Jake & The Undertaker..
  • February 8, 1992 - SNME: Randy "Macho Man" Savage defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts..

    World Wrestling Federation - vs The Undertaker:
  • Jake Roberts confronted the Undertaker and Paul Bearer on an episode of the Funeral Parlor talk show segment..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts jammed the Undertakers hand into the lid of a coffin and repeatedly whacked him with a chair!
  • April 5, 1992 - Wrestlemania VIII: The Undertaker defeated Jake Roberts -- in Jake's last appearance in the WWF..

    World Championship Wrestling:
  • Jake Roberts jumped to World Championship Wrestling and began feuding with Sting..
  • September 2, 1992 - COTC: Jake Roberts/Rick Rude/Vader/Super Invader defeated Sting/Nikita Koloff/Steiner Brothers..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts & Rick Rude were the final two survivors -- winning the match for their team..
  • October 25, 1992 - Halloween Havoc 1992: Sting defeated Jake Roberts in a "Coal Miners Glove" match..
  • Jake Roberts didn't stick around very long and left the company shortly after..

    Smokey Mountain Wrestling:
  • May 2, 1994: Jake Roberts defeated Tony Anthony for the Smokey Mountain Heavyweight title..
  • May 20, 1994--Volunteer Slam III: Jake Roberts vs Tony Anthony ended in a DOUBLE COUNT OUT (Jake retains)..
  • July 5, 1994: Tony Anthony defeated Jake Roberts to recapture the Smokey Mountain Heavyweight title..

    In The Meantime:
  • May 27, 1994 - AAA TrippleMania II: Konnan defeated Jake Roberts in a "Hair vs Hair" match..

    World Wrestling Federation - Born Again Christian:
  • January 21, 1996 - Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts made a surprising return to the WWF and enterd the Royal Rumble as participant #7..
  • February 18, 1996 - In Your House 6: Jake Roberts defeated Tatanka in a non-televised "Dark" match..
  • March 31, 1996 - Wrestlemania XII: Owen Hart & British Bulldog & Vader beat Jake Roberts & Ahmed Johnson & Yokozuna..
  • April 28, 1996 - Good Friends, Better Enemies: British Bulldog & Owen Hart defeated Jake Roberts & Ahmed Johnson..
  • May 26, 1996 - Beware of Dog: Jake Roberts defeated Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw..
  • May 27, 1996 - RAW: Jake Roberts defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a King of the Ring qualifying match!
  • May 28, 1996 - Superstars: Jake Roberts defeated Justin "Hawk" Bradshaw in a KOTR Quarter Final match..
  • June 23, 1996 - King of the Ring: Jake Roberts defeated Vader by DQ in a semi-final match, then lost to Steve Austin in the finals!
  • Jake Roberts was scheduled to wrestle Mankind at International Incident but was replaced by Henry Godwinn due to injury..
  • Jake Roberts started a feud with Jerry Lawler, who started teasing Jake Roberts for his known Alcohol problems..
  • August 18, 1996 - Summerslam: Jerry "The King" Lawler defeated Jake Roberts after hitting him with a bottle of booze..
  • September 22, 1996 - Mind Games: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Hunter Hearst-Helmsley..
  • November 16, 1996 - Survivor Series: Roberts/Mero/Windham/Maivia defeated Helmsley/Lawler/Goldust/Crush..
  • January 19, 1997 - Royal Rumble: Jake Roberts entered the Royal Rumble at #7 but was eliminated by Steve Austin..
  • Jake Roberts if given a booking job for WWF Shotgun Saturday Night television program before leaving the company..

    On His Own:
  • Jake Roberts is credited for training Diamond Dallas Page and Raven..
  • Jake Roberts was featured in the Wrestling documentary, Beyond The Mat, which he claims, he did not recieve a cent for..
  • Jake Roberts was sentenced to one year probation, drug and alcohol treatment in Texas, fined $600 for probation costs in Ohio..
  • ~~~The incident that took place in June 2001, backing his Lincholn Towncar into a womans Parked Car and fled the scene..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts was later found with an alcohol level of .079..

    Relocation to Europe:
  • September 2002: Jake Roberts no-showed in Geelen, Netherlands..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts checked in at the airport in the U.K. (where he now lives) but found out that his working visa had expired..
  • ~~~So he has to return to the United States to get things straight..
  • ~~~Jake has bookings all over Europe in October and November and still is talking of opening a wrestling school in the U.K..
  • October 2002: Jake Roberts is promoting shows in the UK under the name "The Real Stars of Wrestling" throughout November..
  • Jake Roberts blew out his hip in a match on Saturday night in Nottingham, England and has canceled all bookings..
  • October 31, 2003: Jake Roberts opened up a Wrestling Training facility in Gosport, Portsmouth, England..
  • February 2004: Jake Roberts is being prosecuted in the UK for starving his latest version of Damien, a 12-foot python, to death..
  • ~~~Inspectors were tipped off that the animal was neglected, and found him starved, and he passed away days later..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts is facing a maximum six months in prison..
  • August 2, 2004--WAW Summer Sizzler in Great Yarmouth, England: Jake Roberts defeated Phil Powers by disqualification..
  • October 8, 2004--World Association of Wrestling: Jake Roberts & Steve Quintain vs The UK Pitbulls to a NO CONTEST..
  • November 2, 2004: Jake Roberts (real name Aurelain Smith Jr) was convicted of animal cruelty after a 3 day trial..
  • ~~~Jake Roberts is facing fines and community service as a result of the conviction..

    Back in the United States:
  • January 2005: Jake Roberts was arrested for cocaine possession in Georgia..
  • ~~~Roberts' girlfriend was stopped by the local police and allegedly had drugs in her possession..
  • ~~~She told officers that her boyfriend was at a motel and "probably" had drugs there..
  • ~~~Police went to the motel room and a crack pipe with residue was found in his room, but no actual drugs were found..
  • Jake Roberts has stated that he is need of a hip replacement surgury..
  • January 29, 2005 - WrestleReunion: Jake Roberts participated in a Legends Battle Royal which was won by Greg Valentine..
  • March 14, 2005 - RAW: Randy Orton got some advice from the "Legendary" Jake Roberts -- and then RKO'd him in the ring!
  • ~~~Later on in a post-show dark match, Jake Roberts reappeared and chased Ric Flair away from the ring with the snake!
  • ~~~Jake The Snake returned to the ring and DDT's World Champion Triple H and put his snake over his unconcious body!
  • March 2005: Jake Roberts underwent hip replacement surgury..
  • August 2005: Jake "The Snake" Roberts begins work with Jim Ross & WWE on upcoming DVD about his life and career..
  • September 10, 2005--Wrestle Reunion: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Antonio Banks..
  • November 5, 2005--MWF/AWA New England: Jake Roberts no-showed, missed his flight and didn't return phone calls..
  • November 22, 2005--NWA Wildside Reunion: Jake "the Snake" Roberts defeated Murder One..
  • January 14, 2006--Pro Wrestling Unplugged: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Helter Skelter by DQ in 2 seconds..
  • ~~~~~~~~~In the match that Everybody came to see: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Sandman..
  • March 5, 2006--World Wrestling Legends PPV: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Kamala w/Friday by DQ..
  • March 25, 2006--Coastal Championship Wrestling: Joey Machete defeated Jake Roberts to become the 1st SEC Champion..
  • April 28, 2006--Elite Wrestling Entertainment: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Chris Kanyon ..
  • May 13, 2006--FEW: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Doc Rivers...
  • May 20, 2006--Pro Wrestling Unplugged: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Nick Berk w/Don Bootz..
  • May 20, 2006--Frank Goodman's UXW: King Kong Bundy defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts..
  • May 26, 2006--Universal Wrestling Alliance: Jake "the Snake" Roberts defeated Jason Cage and The Original SiNN in a 3-WAY..
  • May 27, 2006--Universal Wrestling Alliance: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Original Sinn ..
  • June 10, 2006--Coastal Championship Wrestling: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Kahagas ..
  • June 17, 2006--Connecticut Championship Wrestling: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated "Dirty" Don Montoya...
  • June 24, 2006--Southern Championship Wrestling: Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated Rick the Reaper......
  • October 7, 2006--MXPW: Jake Roberts vs Kahagas ended in a No Contest after The Heartbreak Express & Amy Vitale interfered!

    Total Nonstop Action:
  • October 19, 2006 - TNA iMPACT: Jake Roberts announced that he would referee the Monster's Ball match at Bound for Glory!
  • October 22, 2006 - TNA Bound For Glory: Jake "The Snake" Roberts was the referee for Monster's Ball and DDT's Raven!

    Independent Wrestling + Full Impact Pro:
  • January 13, 2007--FIP: Jake "The Snake" Roberts signed autographs during Intermission and did an angle with Larry Sweeney..
  • February 2, 2007--Full Impact Pro: Jake "The Snake" Roberts did not appear as scheduled due to a fallout with the FIP promoters..
  • February 9, 2007--NWA Wrestle Birmingham: "Cowboy" James Storm defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts
  • February 15, 2007--UWA: Jake Roberts & Ricky Morton & Robbie Race defeated Jeff Anderson & Heat Seekers V2..