- Born: 05/30/1955 in Gainesville, Texas
- Birthname: Aurelian Jake Smith Jr.
- Height & Weight: 6'6", 249 Ib
- WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2014)
- Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship
- SMW Heavyweight Championship.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts often brought snakes into the ring, most famously a python named Damien. Roberts was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Diamond Dallas Page on April 5, 2014.
Roberts is best known for his two stints in the World Wrestling Federation—the first between 1986–92, and the second between 1996-97. He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance in 1983, World Championship Wrestling in 1992, and the Mexico-based Asistencia Asesoría y Administración between 1993 and 1994 and again in 1997. He appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the summer of 1997, and made appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling from 2006 through 2008.
Throughout his career he was known for his intense and cerebral promos, his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology in his matches, and has been credited as inventor of the DDT maneuver.
Roberts was also one of the subjects of the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat. In 2012, Roberts moved in with fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to seek help in getting his life back on track following years of alcohol and drug abuse. A photo of him is on the album cover of heavy metal band “Warrior Snake”.
He made his long awaited return to wrestling on worldwide television when he debuted with All Elite Wrestling in 2019. Shortly after, it was revealed he was the manager of new signing Lance Archer. While he does not work matches, Roberts has rarely gotten involved physically with the action.
vs. Steamboat at The Big Event 1986
vs. Randy Savage on Saturday Night’s Main Event, November 29th 1986
vs. Rick Rude on October 24th, 1988
vs. Rick Martel at Wrestlemania VII
vs. Rick Rude
vs. Randy Savage
vs. Ted Dibiase
vs. Ricky Steamboat
vs. Honky Tonk Man
vs. Andre the Giant
vs. The Undertaker
Other Notable Achievements
WCCW Television Championship
Mid-South Louisiana Heavyweight Championship
Mid-South North American Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
Mid-South Television Championship
NWA National Television Championship
NWA World Television Championship (Georgia version) (2 times)
AWN World Heavyweight Champion
AWF Puerto Rican Heavyweight Championship
BBOW Heavyweight Championship
NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (Texas version) – with Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez