31 Faces of Fear: Jake “The Snake” Roberts

For the month of October, we are going to run through some of our favorite wrestlers that inspire fear in their competitors and fans alike.

There was no one as quietly scary as Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  In a coke-fueled era pronounced by yelling and adding “brother” to the end of every sentence, Jake took his time with every single word.  He was one of the first really great talkers.  All the guys and gals at the performance center should watch a lot of his promos.

Not only was he a master of psychology on the microphone, he was also one in the ring.  He was “The Cerebral Assassin” way before Hunter Hearst Helmsley put on his pantaloons.  His DDT was a thing of beauty.  There was no frills to it.  He just took the time to make it matter.

And then there’s Damian, his snake.  If he didn’t scare you with his speech or with his actions in ring, then you might just get snake bit.  The Macho Man learned the hard way.