WWE announced the second inductee into the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame last night on Monday Night RAW and he is none other than Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
“The prodigal son is welcomed home. Thank you WWE & all my supporters for sticking by me. I hope all are enjoying as much as I am,” Roberts said in a tweet last night after the announcement was made official.
Roberts returned to the WWE for the first time since 2005 during the Old School RAW a couple of weeks ago as a surprise in the final minutes of the show, aligning himself with Punk and the New Age Outlaws and dropped his new snake pet on Dean Ambrose. His appearance was kept a total secret and only a handful of people knew it was coming.
Roberts started with the WWE in 1986 and was immediately put on the card of WrestleMania 2. He spent six years in the WWE, feuding with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, the Ultimate Warrior, the Undertaker, Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, and an epic angle with Macho Man Randy Savage.
In 1992 he moved to WCW but his stint there was short lived, leaving a year later.
In 1996 he returned to the WWE and his match at the King of the Ring finals that year catapulted Stone Cold Steve Austin into superstardom after delivering his Austin 3:16 remark to a defeated Roberts.
He was fired a year later and then moved to ECW for another year and in 2005 showed up on RAW to confront Randy Orton. He made some appearances in TNA between 2006 and 2008 before retiring officially a few years later.
Roberts moved with Diamond Dallas Page in October 2012 after several drug and alcohol problems and DDP vowed to get back “The Snake” back in shape. His journey lasted over a year and Roberts often said his ultimate goal was to participate in this year’s Royal Rumble, something that did not happen.
However a bigger story was prepared for Jake, who was announced by Jerry “The King” Lawler as the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame the night after the Rumble.