Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #22 - Jake "The Snake" Roberts
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts with WWE verbage in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than any Seth Rollins theme song (you know, ”Burn It Down?” Okay, I’ll see that bad joke right out the door).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All" (with a little help from Wikipedia to fill in the blanks), I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990, factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
#22: Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Hailing From: Stone Mountain, GA
Finisher: The DDT
Like Roddy Piper in the 80s, Jake Roberts gave the early 90s WWF a bit of an injected darker side that added to the product. He’d cut deep promos that would make you think more than the Reds & Yellows of kid-friendly Hulkamania or the jibberish ramblings of the face-painted “spirit of the Warriors.” Jake “The Snake”’s persona was every bit as slithery as his namesake and older fans of the product appreciated it.
At the start of the decade he’d feud with Ted DiBiase, and eventually face off with Randy Savage in what was a super famous feud involving Savage getting bit by a devenomized cobra (real fun stuff for the kids).
Jake’s first WWF run came to an end in a WrestleMania VIII match with The Undertaker, who before had previous alliances with. Later that year, he signed with WCW for what ended up being a very short stint with the company, but did feud with Sting during that time.
It wasn’t until 1996 when Jake found his way back into the WWF where he infamously lost to Steve Austin in the King of The Ring finals and Austin 3:16 was born. He stayed with the company until being fired in early 1997 and then had a few goes with ECW.
Jake’s substance abuse problems were at a critical peak during this decade so as dark as his times were outside of the wrestling ring, he still had enough success to get him at #22 on the list.