Jake Roberts Discusses Ricky Steamboat, Worst Thing Hes Done, Why He Remained A Fan Favorite

Posted By James Walsh on 05/13/22


During the latest episode of the DDP Snake Pit podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Jake The Snake Roberts and Diamond Dallas Page paid tribute to fellow WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Steamboat. One of the subjects Roberts reflected on was one of the the worst thing Steamboat ever did. Check out the interview highlights below (per Wrestling Inc.):

On Ricky Steamboat: He is probably the nicest guy in wrestling Ive ever met. A genuine gentleman. I had the ultimate respect for him as a man, as a wrestler, and as a human being. I cant think of one bad thing Ive ever seen him do. Can you imagine? I think the worst thing Ive ever seen him do, involving me, we had picked up this wrestler, a guy who never quite made it.

He had been partying all night. We picked him up at the hotel in Charlotte and we had to go to Columbia, South Carolina for a show, which is like 120 miles. And this guy looks like hell. Hed been up all night, doing all the crazy stuff. And hes in the backseat and hes falling asleep. Im like dude, you need a little pick me up, dont you? And hes like I can use that.

Well Steamboat, in the meantime, has got a magazine and hes pouring out Sweet & Low on it. And were like okay dude, weve got a little bit. You can have the rest of it. And when we handed it to him, he went oh I love you guys. Oh my god, you guys are the best. And he did it and then he goes ah! Hey, now Im ready man. Woo! Woo! Woo! Lets go, guys, Im ready. Thank you guys, you saved me. Now Im ready for the match tonight.

The mind will trick you. And Steamboat killed it because the guy got about ten miles down the road and was like man, I wish we could get some more of that. Steamboat said no problem. And he drove through a McDonalds and he asked for two Sweet & Low. And we poured them out and the guy went oh man. I knew something was messed up with that stuff! Hes trying to pick boogers out of his nose.

On why Ricky Steamboat remained such a fan favorite: His total look and the way he postured himself and his kindness. Its who he was. You watch him going to the ring, you dont think hes a bad guy. Even when he was doing the dragon stuff, you loved the guy. When he spit the fire? I tag-teamed with him, okay, which was so easy. It was so easy because he was constantly giving me the spot that made me a star.

He would go out there and sell and give me the comeback. Of course, theres a little bit of a rib on that, because if you sell properly and tag, youve got to make that monstrous comeback, which you blow up in. Thats hard work. Steamboat would just go out there and sell and raise his hand to tag me. And hed have people in the front row crying. Come on Jake! Do something! Hes hurt!

Theyre cussing me out because Steamboat cant get to me. Just go in the ring and help him! Hed intentionally get me drawn away from my corner, and hed dive across the ring for the tag and Im not there. And by the time I got back to the corner, the heels have gotten him again and pulled him back out to the middle of the ring. So he had his fun too. But we had some fun matches. I was very fortunate to tag with him and Barry Windham and Jay Youngblood.