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Vince McMahon Threatened To Fine Jake Roberts For Working Out In The Gym

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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (March 5, 2013) – Old School WWF Manager Passed Away

On this day in 2013, we lost legendary Old School WWF Manager Paul Bearer (Real name: William Moody) at the age of 58 due to a heart attack.

Paul Bearer was most famous for managing The Undertaker in the WWF, but also managed Kane, Mankind & Vader there, as well as managing stars like Rick Rude, Matt Borne & The Dingo Warrior during the early years of his career in WCCW, where he was known as Percy Pringle III.

He worked for the World Wrestling Federation as an on screen manager from 1991 until 2000, but returned on several occasions in 2004, 2010 and 2012.


April 10, 1954 – March 5, 2013

• Vince McMahon Threatened To Fine Jake Roberts For Working Out In The Gym

During a recent appearance on Talk Is Jericho podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts revealed that Vince McMahon threatened to fine him for working out in the gym.

Below is what Roberts said:

“I know when I had my neck messed up, they told me I would never ever wrestle again because I had two discs completely gone. And all the surgeons said, ‘there’s no way in hell you’re getting back in that ring.’

I said, ‘hey, you have no idea, doc. It’s a chemical world now!’ And I went to Amsterdam after the surgery and picked up a few products and I came back.

And at the time of the surgery, I could lift, like, 4 pounds. with my left arm and that was it. I could hardly move my left arm at all. And somehow, within 10 weeks, I was doing seated behind the neck presses with 225 [lbs.] and I gained a lot of size. Here’s the best part though.

I gained, like, 40 lbs, man, in three months, so I went into to see Vince to tell him I was coming back and he almost took a bump out of his chair when he saw me.

[Imitating McMahon] ‘What the hell’s wrong with you?’ [McMahon] looked at me and he goes, ‘Jake, what the hell have you done to yourself?’ I said, ‘my God, I’m in the best shape of my f***ing life! I mean, look at this sh*t!’ I had big knobs up here on my shoulder and sh*t.

[McMahon] said, ‘if we wanted Hogan to carry the snake, we’d have Hogan carry the snake!’ He said, ‘we wanted some slimy, no-good son of a b*tch to carry the snake, you know, a guy that looks like he’s been run through the mill and a little nasty and dirty, a flesh eating bastard.’ He told me, he said, ‘if I find out that you’re in a gym, I’m fining you $1,000 every time.'”

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