WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts recently spoke with Justin Barrasso for Sport Illustrated Extra Mustard‘s “Week In Wrestling”, talking about him wanting to help troubled NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel, as well as his documentary and the state of WWE. You can read a few excerpts below:
Roberts on reaching out to help Manziel because he’s been in the same situation, and just wants to try and help:
“I’ve also been reaching out to Johnny Manziel many times. He’s not coming along, but I’ll keep reaching out. I just wonder how much more he’s going to have to suffer before he does something about it. He just made the news again. I’ve been there, I understand, so that’s why I wish he would contact me. I wish I could give him some pointers and maybe I could help him out. I don’t know how much more he can take before he dies.”
Roberts on the state of WWE, including the company’s current push of Roman Reigns, and says that is another area he would love to help out in:
“They’re shoving Roman down everybody’s throat, and that’s not working too well. It’s a shame, because he’s a great athlete and a great guy, but they went at it the wrong way. It doesn’t look like I’m going to get the opportunity to help any of these guys, though I wish I would. I’m more than available, but they’ve got their little formula they want to stick with.
If they did bring me back, I’ll be the first to say, I’d probably do something really stupid and piss everybody off. I’m really stuck on the way I believe, so if someone wasn’t listening to me, I’d probably give him a, ‘What if?’ and throw something out there that would get a charge out of everybody.”
In regards to his recent documentary, although it’s been a success, Roberts says WWE hasn’t really gotten involved with the project, and he is OK with it:
“They want to keep their hands off of it. They’re saying it’s because of the rawness of it, but you know it’s all politics. And that’s fine, it’s Vince’s choice. If he doesn’t want it, I’m not hurt by that at all. I think he’s missing the boat on that, but maybe they’re a little scared that I’m not going to make it. Maybe he thinks I’m going to fall again, but I’m going to surprise the hell out of everyone and keep doing what I’m doing. Living clean isn’t that bad–I’m kind of enjoying it. I don’t have to suffer the way I used to, and my mind is so much cleaner and sharper.”
Jake Roberts also talks about being a fan of Bray Wyatt, but says Kevin Owens is another “must-see” talent:
“The Owens kid has something special. Bray and Owens aren’t the cookie-cutters. They’re not the hard bodies, the fit-looking soul looking prim and proper with the abs and all that stuff.
Even with prime rib, you don’t want to eat it seven days a week. They’re throwbacks, and they’re getting over because they’re different. Give me a ‘Crybaby’ George Cannon every now and again, and then when a hard body gets in there, you’ll be excited to see him. But when everybody looks that way, it’s just the same old stuff.”