In 2014, The Ultimate Warrior and Jake “The Snake” Roberts were inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame.
During an episode of DDP’s Snake Pit podcast, Jake recalled Ultimate Warrior treating him badly during the early 90s and eventually apologizing to him at the Hall Of Fame ceremony.
Below is the whole story, as told by Jake:
“Here’s where the problem began. Back in the day, I was working with whoever, and we’re in Orlando and Blackjack Lanza comes up to me and says, ‘call Vince, he wants to talk to you.’
I’m thinking, ‘oh my god, did I flunk a pi$$ test,’ trying to remember because it had happened. I called him and Vince tells me, ‘Jake, I think you’re ready.’ ‘Ready for what?’ ‘I think you’re ready to work with the champ.’ ‘Warrior? I’m gonna work with Warrior?’
‘No, no, no I’m not saying you’re going to because here’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve gotta go to his dressing room and talk to him, and see if he’ll work with you.’ ‘Excuse me?!’ You had to ask his permission to work with him.
‘Are you f**king ribbing me?’ ‘No, Jake, go talk to him or else it’s not going to happen.’ I’m a little bit pi$$ed right now, and I went to his locker room and knocked, and he cut a promo on my a$$.
Told me he didn’t care about me, he didn’t care about my family and if he’s going to work with me, I had to be on f**king time, I had to be sure not to miss any shots and I better not f**k no damn drug test yadda, yadda, yadda. He just ran the riot act.
Never did look at me in the eyes, just stomped around the room in a circle, back and forth, marching around. I’m like, ‘OK!’ then he goes, ‘OK, get out!’ He dismissed me.
And I come back, and I still had to call Vince, and I said, ‘He said he would.’ And I was so f**king angry the way he’d treated me. Then we started doing all these vignettes.
I had to take time off, which meant no money. Do these vignettes because we’re gonna line it up and work with the Warrior. And what happens? At SummerSlam, in the Garden, he holds Vince McMahon up for $1 million.
They had to bring $1 million in cash to him at the arena. Cash. And they had to have two guards to get that money out of there to wherever he wanted it to go before he would go to the ring.
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