• Old School WWF Legend Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WWF Legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts (Real name: Aurelian Smith Jr.) celebrates his 65th birthday today.
Jake Roberts wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation from 1986 until 1992 and again from 1996 till 1997.
He also worked for Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling in 1992 and for Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1997 & 1998.
Jake was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014 by his close personal friend, Diamond Dallas Page.
It was also DDP who helped him become clean again, after dealing with alcohol, cocain & crack addictions in the past.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAKE ROBERTS!
• Triple H Says Ric Flair Coming Out Of Retirement Was All Ego, If WWE Officials Will Tell The Undertaker To Retire
WWE Hall Of Famer Triple H was recently interviewed by CBS Sports, where he discussed the reason behind The Undertaker still wrestling, and who will take the decision of his retirement.
Below are the highlights:
On how approaching matches with The Undertaker changed over the years:
“Obviously, everybody changes as performers and who you are. When I first came in here and faced him for the first time in 1995, it was just about earning his respect and trust as a performer.
Taker is one of those guys who gives everybody respect, but you don’t just get it, you have to earn it. That’s in-ring and everything else. I approached that time very differently. Over the course of our careers, we worked a lot. At that point in time, you just didn’t think about it.
It was a night off. If I was wrestling Taker — and I’d like to think he thought the same with me — it was a night off. You don’t have to think about it — he’s going to do his part, you don’t have to think for him. You just go in there and it’s magic and fun. You’re laughing and having a good time because you’re in there with a guy that’s incredibly gifted in the ring but you also get along with and think the same as. It couldn’t be any easier.
But, when you fast forward towards the end of your careers and he’s in the place he’s in with everything you’re seeing in ‘The Last Ride,’ with self-doubt and the physical shape that he was in and trying to overcome all that, and then you’re having your own issues with all of that. As you’ve heard him say, and I’ve said it a bunch, the hardest thing I’ve ever done is have to do what we do and try to do it at the level we want to do it at once or twice a year.
It’s incredibly difficult. So, the approach to that in 2018 is a completely different animal. You don’t know what he’s going to bring to the table, and in some way, you doubt what you can bring to the table. That makes it a lot more difficult.”
On why The Undertaker hasn’t retired yet:
“It’s an addiction. The crowd, the thrill of it, there’s nothing like it. To stand in that ring and have those emotions in your hand — that feeling is incredible. It’s the greatest form of entertainment when it’s done well.
Think of it this way: What other sport or anything else can bring 100,000 into a stadium where you’re not focused on everything but the fans? If you go in to play the Super Bowl, you’re thinking about the game. You’re almost trying to shut out the fan experience and concentrate on the game. Don’t let the bigness, the epicness of it, the moment of it get to you.
You just want to focus on the game. If you’re a fighter and you’re fighting in a stadium and it’s sold out, your focus is on the other fighter. You can’t focus on the crowd and take your mind off the game.
In our business, it’s the exact opposite. It’s those fans and that moment. That’s what you’re trying to get out of them and you’re so in tune with those reactions. When you’re really good at this and have done it for a long time, their reaction is like your heartbeat.
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