WWE Hall Of Famer Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts remains legend in the world of professional wrestling. Fans still love to see him cut his psychological promos on AEW as he is currently managing Lance Archer. Roberts recently spoke about the worst drug policy imposed by Vince McMahon.

Jake Roberts opened up about his past struggles with alcohol and drug addiction on the latest episode of the DDP Snake Pit podcast. He began by discussing marijuana and whether or not it is a gateway drug. Roberts, a marijuana supporter, believes alcohol is more of a gateway drug, claiming that the times he got in trouble were due to alcohol use rather than marijuana use.

I don’t think marijuana is a gateway drug. I think alcohol is. I’ll tell all the folks out there, I’m pro-pot, you know? I never got in a fight when I was smoking pot. I never got in trouble when I was smoking pot. I never wanted to do cocaine when I was smoking pot. But you give me a few Jack Daniels, brother, I want to fight and I want some sh-t to go down and I want some Godd-mn cocaine right now.

Before WWE owner Vince McMahon banned WWE talent from smoking marijuana, Jake Roberts went through his initial routine of drug use during his career. Roberts stated that the decision was difficult and that it was the reason that many wrestlers turned to pills. That had its drawbacks, one of which Roberts described to late Fabulous Freebirds member Terry Gordy.


My routine, in the beginning, was beer, a little pot, a little sleeping pill. And then Vince came along and cut the pot out. Man, when he cut that pot out, that was tough, because we didn’t have a go-to thing to relax us now. We had to double up on the beer. Then a lot of us started taking different pills and that leads to problems. When start mixing your drugs, you’re going to kill yourself. That’s gotten a lot of guys. They start mixing them. They take a pill, they have a few beers, they pass out, and they wake up and they think ‘wait a minute, I didn’t take my pills!’ And they take more.

That’s your danger zone. That’s when you’re flying into the fire, you know? And you can’t get away from that skillet, man. Once you get burnt, you’re in trouble. I’ve seen a lot of good people go down hard. Terry Gordy was probably one of the hardest that went down. He died on an airplane. And they brought him back, but they didn’t bring him back soon enough. Half his mind was gone. Terry was one of the greatest wrestlers ever, and there was a time he had to learn how to wrestle again, because he had forgotten everything, because of that incident.

Jake Roberts then concluded that the worst thing Vince McMahon did was take away the wrestlers’ access to marijuana, which he believes helped them relax. Wrestlers like Roberts, however, couldn’t continue to use it with testing because marijuana stayed in their systems for too long.

For Vince, the worst thing he could’ve done was take marijuana away from us. Because that was everybody’s go-to thing, to relax. Of course, it was one of the worst things to get out of your system. Whereas cocaine would be out of your system in three days, marijuana would stay in your system for 30 days. So you’re screwed.

Finally, Jake Roberts told a story about being approached by law enforcement about drug shipments that he allegedly signed for. Roberts stated that he had never signed for these packages, and it was later revealed that someone had forged his name in order to receive them.

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h/t to Wrestling Inc.

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