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Jake Roberts Recalls Reaction to Jerry Lawler Trying to Make Him Drink at SummerSlam ’96

February 28, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Jake Roberts was part of an infamous 1996 angle where Jerry Lawler mocked his alcoholism and tried to force-feed him alcohol, and he recalled his reaction to it in a new interview. Roberts spoke with Inside the Ropes for an interview and was asked about the storyline, which included a segment at SummerSlam 1996 where Lawler tried to make him drink a bottle of bourbon. You can see the highlights below:

On what he thought of the segment: “Well, I thought it was a horrible thing for McMahon to ask me to do. It was cheap, it was disrespectful, it didn’t prove a damn thing other than the fact that Vince McMahon’s an asshole, so there you go. Lawler, he’s in the the same boat. Both a**holes.”

On how he’s doing physically now: “You know, I’ve got some issues that I have to watch, but it’s getting better all the time because I did quit smoking. That’s really hard to do. I will be around for a long time, I have grandkids I want to hang out with now. I want to make somebody else miserable, so have fun. Yeah, I’m doing much better.”