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Jake Roberts Explains Why He Didn’t Enjoy Working In Front of Japanese Audiences

April 27, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Jake Roberts wasn’t big on working in front of audiences in Japan, and explained why on his latest podcast. During the latest DDP’s Snake Pit Podcast, Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page talked about working in front of different audiences around the world and you can see a couple of highlights below (courtesy of Wrestling Inc):

Roberts on Japanese audiences: “Yeah, they are different. I don’t enjoy the Japanese audiences at all, man. They’re very reserved. You go out and bust your ass, you want some type of reaction out of these people. But they’re very reserved and very inside. And you might get (clap noise) and that’s it. ‘Now wait a f**king minute, come on! Is that it?’ I believe I was wrestling Boss Man (when that happened), I think.”

DDP on working in Japan: “What’s interesting about that is it just shows you what American culture and wrestling, how it changes the way people are. We were there in 2002, WWE, and I was on that card. And Shane McMahon, he was the one who was coordinating everything of that trip. And I’d seen all the quiet clapping and ‘oooh’ and no big pops. Well now we’re there, and I’m hearing what sounds like, kind of like what our crowds would be. And we went out there and I said, ‘hey, on the way out there, Shane, let me do my thing. Let me go out there, grab the mic, and let’s see what the people do.’ And he goes, ‘sure, go for it.’ I went out there and they hit all of the catchphrases, ‘it’s not a bad thing, it’s a good thing.’ I was like, ‘Wow. They know those words.’

“You’d think they don’t speak any English. They could speak it. It’s like learning a song. And really, it’s changed a lot over the years. That was still 20 years ago. Today, and I look at the way some of their guys work today, they’re still stiff as hell. But those guys, they tell stories too, their stories.”