Jake the Snake Roberts is trying to get his life back on track after going through a downward spiral the past number of years. The former WWF wrestler moved in with fellow former wrestler Diamond Dallas Page last year, and he has now lost 70 pounds doing Page’s yoga workouts.
In addition to the exercising, Page put Roberts in a strict living environment, which included regular drug tests for the former addict. Page says Roberts was drinking, using pain pills and crack, and weighed over 300 pounds when he took him in. Roberts has cleaned up, and Page has been documented the progress on his YouTube page.
In the videos, Roberts called Page his “angel” and described the rehab his last shot in life. Now that Roberts is straightening out his life, he says he has one goal left — to wrestle in the Royal Rumble again.
“I will never give up … I want a life again and I am pursuing that. The Rumble will define it,” Roberts told TMZ.
Roberts has had many memorable moments at the Royal Rumble. He lost to Macho Man Randy Savage at the Rumble in 1992, which was at the height of a conflict between the two. After a stint with WCW, Roberts returned to the WWF and appeared at the Rumble in 1996 as a bible thumper. He hasn’t wrestled since 2011.
Roberts’ recovery, described as a “resurrection,” was covered by Yahoo! Sports’ Jay Busbee in an article published last week.
“I don’t regret my mistakes,” Roberts told Busbee. “Got to accept those. I’m not ashamed of my life any more. Thank God for forgiveness. I’ve got a lot of people I’ve got to come back to, but today, I’m not not hiding from it. I’m not thinking about running.”
Here’s a video of “The Ressurection” of Jake the Snake. It contains some bad language: