Jake Roberts On If He Wants In The WWE Hall Of Fame, If Scott Hall Can Improve, Working With DDP
|By Raj Giri||March 06, 2013 | Comments|
Deciding to work with DDP: "Well, when he got me on the phone and offered me the program, I'll be straight up with you, he sounded like a woman, I was like, shut the F- up and leave me alone, Dallas. Finally I said, ok, ok, just send the crap to me, I'll do it just so I can get off the phone and go get my booze and my pills, that's the truth. And I agreed to try. Then when it got there, I thought that looks pretty simple, I can do this crap. I quit eating gluten, cut off the dairy and within 2 weeks I'd lost 7 or 8 pounds. You know, it had been so long since I had accomplished anything positive. There's something in my mind that went, man, you could. There was hope. That week, that 10 days, that 8 pounds, lit the fire. It had been so long since I had had a good feeling in my body about wanting to be alive again. I didn't go out anywhere. I wasn't out partying, I was strung up in a hole, hiding from everybody because I didn't want you to see me, I didn't want you to see what I looked like. Just a horrible way of life. For me to lose that way got me thinking maybe I can. It's like that little storybook train, yes I can, yes I can, each week a couple more pounds. 5 pounds come off. 10 pounds come off. The next thing you know, I'm 20 pounds down and that's a big change."
If he would want to be a part of the WWE Hall of Fame: "Absolutely. In the past, I was angry, I said stuff I shouldn't have said, blew some things out of proportion and guess what? Nobody's 100% right all the time and I've made some pretty bad remarks about certain people going in that I didn't think should be in there and I've got to learn to shut my mouth. It's not up to me who goes in. All I will tell you is this; I appreciate the things WWE did for me. I'm ashamed of myself in a way that I threw away opportunities for whatever reason, whether it was the drugs, or whether I got pissed off, or whether they screwed me over, whatever, there is no good reason to throw away the talent that I had. If the lord wants me to, and Vince McMahon wants me to, I'll go into the Hall of Fame. But if it doesn't happen, that's ok too, I'm at a good place in my life and I've got a lot of things that I want to accomplish before I leave this planet and one of them would be going into the Hall of Fame, sure. Another one would be to close my career the way I wanted to. To go back out there one last time. I pity the poor fools who get in my way, because that's what I'm working towards. I'm working towards going out the way I wanted to. I've got to get back out there because whenever I quit, I had to quit because I couldn't hardly walk, my feet were so messed up, my hands were so messed up, I couldn't straighten them out, my feet or my hands. Now I got that all taken care of. I'm not on the meds anymore for my hands or feet, which is amazing."
If Scott Hall can get to where he is now: "Yes. I'm watching the guy, he's walking around with a cane right now. He's seen what I did, now do you think for one moment that man is going to let me out-do him? He and I are a lot alike. We're in this house together and we help each other. Scott coming here, I get as much out of it as he does, because there's those times when things start coming up in your head and I look over and can tell when Scott's having a bad moment, and he can read me when I'm having a bad moment. He knows what to look for. Diamond Dallas Page does not know what it's like to go through the crap that we went through. He didn't have the drug problem or the alcohol problem that we did. He doesn't know what the head does during those moments. So we're able to help each other and talk to each other and help each other out."
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