Jake “The Snake” Roberts gives his opinion on some of WWE’s biggest names, past and present, including Brock Lesnar.
Recently Roberts did an interview on the FlipDaScript podcast and gave his honest opinion on Lesnar. Roberts can see the talents Lesnar has and gave him respect, but doesn’t like how WWE uses him.
“The thing about Brock is that he’s not an everyday wrestler,” Roberts said. “He’s a once a year guy or a three times a year guy. To me, you’re really treating your talent like s**t to every year, come WrestleMania time, after these guys have busted their asses for 365 days, when it comes time for the big one, they bring him in, and these guys have got to sit out.
“What’s wrong with that? Well from their viewpoint, they’re getting screwed, man! It’s a shame that WWE feels like they have to have Brock on the card to fill up a building.”H/T to Cultaholic For Transcriptions
Benefit Of Brock’s Part-Time Schedule
This has long been a criticism of Lesnar. He does take up a spot which could be filled by someone else on PPV cards. Lesnar also is taking up a spot in the top-tier of talent. Someone who could have gotten a push isn’t because Lesnar is there.
However, I personally like the infrequent appearances by Lesnar. It makes him like a boogeyman or a monster under the wrestler’s bed. No one knows when he will appear, but when he does someone is going to be taken to Suplex City and ragdolled around the ring. It also gives his appearances more drama. For example when fans hear Lesnar will be on Smackdown Live everyone wonders why and they are more likely to tune in.
My main criticism of his sporadic appearance schedule is he shouldn’t be champion. A champion needs to defend their title at least once every two months. He also doesn’t need the title to be big and scary. The title is wasted on him. Lesnar could even say “I could take the title any time I want, but I don’t feel like taking it right now.”
Jake The Snake Thinks WWE Relies On Brock Too Much
Roberts doesn’t believe WWE should rely on Lesnar so much to sell tickets. He thinks a new star could be created very easily and that WWE should do that.
“Plain and simple man, people eat what they are fed,” Roberts said. “In other words, if I dress somebody up with strings on their arms and stuff and tell them to go out there and shake a rope, you’re gonna win every match. Pretty soon they’re gonna put the belt on you, and guess what everybody says? ‘He’s the f**king best, man!’”H/T to Cultaholic For Transcriptions
I Disagree Mr. The Snake
In case you are wondering who Roberts is referring to in this quote, he is talking about Ultimate Warrior. This way of making a star is completely untrue in modern wrestling and I have an example to prove that Roberts is wrong.
Roman Reigns was shoved down everyone’s throat and the fans hated Reigns for it. This went on for years and years. It simply didn’t work for making Reigns a star. Recently, since WWE has backed off the Reigns push everyone has come around on Reigns and he doesn’t get nearly as much hate.
The Best And Worst Champions According To Jake The Snake
Roberts wasn’t done criticising wrestlers. He was asked who were some quality champions and what made them good. Roberts said he believes what makes a good champion is charisma and the ability to “put money in the bank” or be able to draw money and crowds. Three of the good champion’s names he threw out were Hulk Hogan, Undertaker, and who he believes is the best champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin.
However, on his list of worst champions were Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. He said they were both too small. Michaels has charisma but didn’t draw. This is a huge statement because Michaels is commonly regarded as one of the top five greatest wrestlers of all time.
These are some very bold claims by Roberts. Do you think Lesnar takes up too much space as a part-timer? Do you think heavily pushing a wrestler will make them a star? Do you agree with his best champions and worst champions list? Who would you add or remove from those lists? Be sure to DDT a comment below and on social media.