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 Posted: Thu Aug 26th, 2010 05:06 pm
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Jake Roberts publicly announced his retirement this past Sunday after wrestling for 2CW in Watertown, NY. Roberts, after defeating Zachary Springate with a DDT, took the mic and announced that while he loves pro wrestling, he just couldn't physically do it anymore and this would be his last match.

Obviously, we all know how wrestling retirements go, but everyone backstage at the event seemed to believe it was a legitimate decision from Roberts at the time

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 Posted: Thu Aug 26th, 2010 08:29 pm
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All the joking aside, seriously what do you think he will do to make ends meet?
I would think he's got at least 10 to 15 years until he reaches 65 and he can get a government old age pension, so what does a guy like him do until then?
I doubt he would have a whole lot saved up for retirement. Does anyone know if he owns a house and or any other property, etc that would be considered assets for him?
Where does a fifty-something man with drug and alcohol problems go from here as far as employment after spending his whole life in the wrestling business, never holding any other job?
I doubt anyone will be knocking down his door begging for him to work for their wrestling promotion 'behind the scenes' in some capacity. That would be the only logical step for a guy with his resume and age, but finding any sort of fulltime work that pays the bills doing that would only come by working for the WWE and TNA and you know that ain't happening.
Does he go the Tommy Rich route and get a job with some friend of his' business installing fencing around public schools and the like while 'supplementing' his income working Indy shots and conventions on the weekends?
I highly doubt he'd be suited or even qualified for that even.
I'm trying to get a serious discussion going here concerning the types of options guys like Jake have when leaving the wrestling business in their fifties and sixties without a pot to piss in and no real world experience.
It's got to be a really scary feeling for these guys when they finally realize that they can no longer make any sort of living in the wrestling business and Vince McMahon 'nor Dixie Carter are returning your calls.

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carpetbeggar wrote:
All the joking aside, seriously what do you think he will do to make ends meet?
I would think he's got at least 10 to 15 years until he reaches 65 and he can get a government old age pension, so what does a guy like him do until then?
I doubt he would have a whole lot saved up for retirement. Does anyone know if he owns a house and or any other property, etc that would be considered assets for him?
Where does a fifty-something man with drug and alcohol problems go from here as far as employment after spending his whole life in the wrestling business, never holding any other job?
I doubt anyone will be knocking down his door begging for him to work for their wrestling promotion 'behind the scenes' in some capacity. That would be the only logical step for a guy with his resume and age, but finding any sort of fulltime work that pays the bills doing that would only come by working for the WWE and TNA and you know that ain't happening.
Does he go the Tommy Rich route and get a job with some friend of his' business installing fencing around public schools and the like while 'supplementing' his income working Indy shots and conventions on the weekends?
I highly doubt he'd be suited or even qualified for that even.
I'm trying to get a serious discussion going here concerning the types of options guys like Jake have when leaving the wrestling business in their fifties and sixties without a pot to piss in and no real world experience.
It's got to be a really scary feeling for these guys when they finally realize that they can no longer make any sort of living in the wrestling business and Vince McMahon 'nor Dixie Carter are returning your calls.


He probably has a little money coming in from Royalties, and maybe a legends deal.

He can also show up and do autographs.

Other than that, I guess he's Bartending somewhere.

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 Posted: Thu Aug 26th, 2010 10:04 pm
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if Jake could get his act together he would make an excellent booker/agent. He has one of the best minds for the business of anyone and could teach promos better then anyone out there today. But only if he's sober.

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Pulp wrote: if Jake could get his act together he would make an excellent booker/agent. He has one of the best minds for the business of anyone and could teach promos better then anyone out there today. But only if he's sober.
I dunno....that Heroes of Wrestling promo might've been his best ever.

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The Stunning One wrote: Pulp wrote: if Jake could get his act together he would make an excellent booker/agent. He has one of the best minds for the business of anyone and could teach promos better then anyone out there today. But only if he's sober.
I dunno....that Heroes of Wrestling promo might've been his best ever.

Absolutely it was. You got 21 in Blackjack? Well he has 22. Sucks to be you.

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Not the best VQ ever, but here is that infamous Jake Roberts promo from the 'Heroes Of Wrestling' PPV:


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carpetbeggar wrote: Not the best VQ ever, but here is that infamous Jake Roberts promo from the 'Heroes Of Wrestling' PPV:



The sad thing is, aside from the slurring, that promo is still so much better than any top guy's in WWE.



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Ahh, here'a a good one from Georgia. It's a Pro Wrestling Illustrated 'Press Conference' with Jake Roberts(and Paul Ellering) conducted by Craig Peters and Bill Apter.
This is really great stuff here. It was Jake at his best IMHO...plus I used to love when the territories would have these little 'segments' done by the Pro Wrestling Illustrated guys. Man I miss the Apter mags when I was a kid. There was nothing better than walking into a drug store and seeing the new issue of PWI, The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling, etc; sitting on the magazine rack. Those things were my bible back then. I was fanatical over them. I would analyze the hell out of those darn ratings pages all month until I got the new issue. Also who remembers when they went from the old style ratings to the new, expanded style in PWI?
Remember they started featuring new territories and listing the wrestler's home town and weight?
Then flip the page over and they then had the 'Ratings Analysis.'
That was the shit man for an 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old like myself.


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Pulp wrote: if Jake could get his act together he would make an excellent booker/agent. He has one of the best minds for the business of anyone and could teach promos better then anyone out there today. But only if he's sober.

I would add My Cousin Raven in that category as well.

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carpetbeggar wrote: Ahh, here'a a good one from Georgia. It's a Pro Wrestling Illustrated 'Press Conference' with Jake Roberts(and Paul Ellering) conducted by Craig Peters and Bill Apter.
This is really great stuff here. It was Jake at his best IMHO...plus I used to love when the territories would have these little 'segments' done by the Pro Wrestling Illustrated guys. Man I miss the Apter mags when I was a kid. There was nothing better than walking into a drug store and seeing the new issue of PWI, The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling, etc; sitting on the magazine rack. Those things were my bible back then. I was fanatical over them. I would analyze the hell out of those darn ratings pages all month until I got the new issue. Also who remembers when they went from the old style ratings to the new, expanded style in PWI?
Remember they started featuring new territories and listing the wrestler's home town and weight?
Then flip the page over and they then had the 'Ratings Analysis.'
That was the shit man for an 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old like myself.





Jake was really underrated during His time in Georgia. Probably at His best during this time.

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carpetbeggar wrote: Ahh, here'a a good one from Georgia. It's a Pro Wrestling Illustrated 'Press Conference' with Jake Roberts(and Paul Ellering) conducted by Craig Peters and Bill Apter.
This is really great stuff here. It was Jake at his best IMHO...plus I used to love when the territories would have these little 'segments' done by the Pro Wrestling Illustrated guys. Man I miss the Apter mags when I was a kid. There was nothing better than walking into a drug store and seeing the new issue of PWI, The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling, etc; sitting on the magazine rack. Those things were my bible back then. I was fanatical over them. I would analyze the hell out of those darn ratings pages all month until I got the new issue. Also who remembers when they went from the old style ratings to the new, expanded style in PWI?
Remember they started featuring new territories and listing the wrestler's home town and weight?
Then flip the page over and they then had the 'Ratings Analysis.'
That was the shit man for an 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old like myself.



Amen.  Every childhood should have something like this in it.



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Heretic wrote: carpetbeggar wrote: Ahh, here'a a good one from Georgia. It's a Pro Wrestling Illustrated 'Press Conference' with Jake Roberts(and Paul Ellering) conducted by Craig Peters and Bill Apter.
This is really great stuff here. It was Jake at his best IMHO...plus I used to love when the territories would have these little 'segments' done by the Pro Wrestling Illustrated guys. Man I miss the Apter mags when I was a kid. There was nothing better than walking into a drug store and seeing the new issue of PWI, The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling, etc; sitting on the magazine rack. Those things were my bible back then. I was fanatical over them. I would analyze the hell out of those darn ratings pages all month until I got the new issue. Also who remembers when they went from the old style ratings to the new, expanded style in PWI?
Remember they started featuring new territories and listing the wrestler's home town and weight?
Then flip the page over and they then had the 'Ratings Analysis.'
That was the shit man for an 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old like myself.



Amen.  Every childhood should have something like this in it.

This.

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1.  I'm pretty certain Jake's got some kind of side business that isnt wrestling by now.  I'm sure of it.  He didnt snort ALL the money.

2. I really, really, honestly pray that the guy is clean, stays clean and enjoys a damned happy rest of his life.  A long life at that.  I truly enjoyed every bit of what Jake did in wrestling.  There havent been many guys who did it better.

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