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Jake Roberts on When He Knew It Was Time to Retire

April 23, 2024 | Posted by Andrew Ravens
Jake Roberts, DDP Image Credit: AEW

On the latest episode of The Snake Pit with Jake Roberts, the WWE Hall of Famer talked about when he knew it was time to retire, still wanting to wrestle, and more. You can check out some highlights below:

On when he knew it was time to retire from wrestling: “Yeah. I knew it was time to retire, probably in ’97 or ’98. But I just couldn’t stop, man. You know, I just wanted more. And shame on me for going out there when I couldn’t do what I used to do. But you’ve watched all the guys do it. You know, the old-timers do it, who comes to mind, Hacksaw [Jim Duggan]. You know, Hacksaw does a lot of walking and talking out there in the ring. But he’s not talking bumps, and he’s just a shadow of what he used to be.

“But you know, you go back out there because you think you can do it. And then when you get out there, you realize that you can’t. You don’t have the wind, you don’t have the strength. You just can’t man, your body won’t do it. No matter how much you have in your heart, your body just can’t perform.”

Jake Roberts on still wanting to wrestle: “I just figured I’d do it until I didn’t want to do it anymore. And the problem is, you’ll always want to do it. I mean, to this day I wish that I could do it. I’d love to have one more match, but I know I can’t. And it pisses me off.”

On scratching the itch in other ways: “Anytime you go to the ring, it helps a little bit. You’re still getting to go out there and feel that excitement, feel the adrenaline. Even as a manager throwing a punch, or giving somebody a short arm clothesline. You know, it’s a rush.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit The Snake Pit with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.

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