WWE: Jake "The Snake" Roberts - Pick Your Poison
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Now, to the DVD itself, Jake "The Snake" Roberts is one guy that I can say that the proverbial "scars of time" have definitely marked him! From his unstable, abusive real life childhood to his rough beginnings in pro wrestling to his rise and fall in WWE and WCW until today!
Things that I most enjoyed was his explanation of how the DDT was invented. Its a really funny story but that hold made him legendary and is very popular today. The only other man that equaled Jake in execution of that move was The Four Horsemen's Arn Anderson, but that's another story.
I also was stunned to learn a few things that I always suspected. First, the incident where he DDT'ed Ricky Steamboat on the concrete! That WASN'T A WORK! In fact, Jake DIDN'T even want to do the stunt because he thought it was too dangerous but Vince and Steamboat convinced him to do it. Sure enough, Jake's worst fears were nearly realized as Steamboat was lucky to escape that incident with just a concussion as he could've been killed! Second, the incident where The Honky Tonk Man hit Jake with his guitar! Turns out the "break away" guitar was accidentally switched with a real accoustic guitar! When HTM hits Jake with it, it barely breaks and you can see that Jake is nearly out from the impact! Third, the feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler. What's shocking here is that real alchohol was used rather than a prop! That was kind of insensitive in my book because Jake was a recovering alcoholic! Why would you use real booze?!Read more ›
The documentry starts with Jake Roberts story of growing up and dealing with problems abusing women, and going from home to home. Him getting into wrestling via his father Grizzly Smith and his early days in promotions are glossed upon all the way up to him getting involed in NWA Mid-Altantic Wrestling. Jake Roberts invention, the DDT, is talked about and the story of his it came to be. His time in Georgia Championship Wrestling along with his fued with Ronnie Garvin is touched upon before they move on to him going back to Mid-Alantic before quitting there as well. His debut in the WWE is talked about starting with his fued with him & Damien "the snake" against Ricky Steamboat and his lizard including the DDT Ricky on the concrete from Saturday Night's Main Event. His interview segment "The Snake Pit" is talked about along with Jake's interview skills & the fact that he never had to raise his voice to get his point across. His fued with Honky Tonk Man, how that started his drug addiction, and his match at WM3 with Alice Cooper is touched upon along with how he was a becoming a big star in the WWE. His fueds with Ted Dibiase over the Million $ Belt along with his real life wife's involvement with the Rick Rude fued are discussed. Here the docuementy starts to get more personal as Jake talks about his drug addiction.Read more ›
Let's first clear the confusion. This is a 2-disc set. FYE is not running a 3-disc edition. You can divide the discs into two parts - documentary and extras (matches, promos, vignettes, etc). WWE DVDs as of late have been of an excellent quality, and "Pick Your Poison" is no exception. As expected, the documentary style, sitdown interview with Jake is amazing. He truly is a master story teller, and his intense eyes and husky voice make every word compelling. The tales of his childhood and personal life are disturbing and often hard to listen to. The emotion in his eyes shows the pain is still there.
Like the recent discs devoted to Undertaker and Road Warriors, there is a huge amount of content in the documentary - breaking into the business, politics, feuds, highs, lows, you name it and it's here.
Sadly, his feuds with Rick Martel and Randy Savage are rushed over...and this is one of my biggest problems with the disc. His feud with Savage and Elizabeth was possibly the highlight of his career. His heel turn doesn't get much attention...no footage from Tuesday in Texas, the infamous moment when he slapped Liz across the face, nor is his SNME match with Savage. Many agree this was his best wrestling match, so it's a shame they didn't include it.
However, as an old fan who always loves the chance to stroll down memory lane and surround himself in the warm fuzzy blanket of nostalgia, there is plenty in these discs to enjoy.Read more ›
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This offers a startling and brilliant look into the life of the master of the DDT, a must watch for any wrestling fan of any era of wrestling IMHO.Published 4 months ago by S. Lee
Great wwe documentary. If you like Jake at all you need to watch this.Published 9 months ago by trevor noble