WWE: 10 Things You Need To Know About Jake "The Snake" Roberts

5. The Guitar And Alice Cooper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiMWoq47R9s Two of the most iconic moments in Jake Roberts' career occurred in 1987. The Honky Tonk Man was his special guest on The Snake Pit. While Jake is not at his most eloquent here, his teasing the poor-man's Elvis impersonator resulted in a spectacularly-forceful guitar shot to the head. Unfortunately, this was before they knew enough to use a gimmicked guitar, which would not have injured Jake's neck as this one did. Nevertheless, he soldiered on to face Honky at WrestleMania III. They had to follow Savage/Steamboat, no less, but the presence of Alice Cooper in Jake's corner, and the prestige of the occasion, made this a big moment for Jake. The Honky Tonk Man was so easy to hate, and Jake had turned face after fans had started chanting for the DDT (even when Hogan was in The Snake Pit). Alice Cooper was poised and cool, but looked tiny compared even to Honky's manager, Jimmy Hart. It turned into a bit of an old-school groaner, with Honky Tonk flippin' and floppin', then stealing the win by using the ropes. It was only fair, after Steamboat's big win prior. But the fans didn't go away disappointed, as the heel took off and Alice cornered Jimmy Hart with the snake. I like to think that Jake enjoyed the moment in front of over 90,000 people. Jake "The Snake" Roberts had made it to the big time, and everyone loved him. In a sad coincidence, they say Jake was meant to win the Intercontinental Championship from the Honky Tonk Man later that year, but was considered unable to defend it well enough because of his neck injury €“ sustained from that guitar shot to the head. But sometimes, what looks like bad news can turn out to be a blessing in disguise. For in my opinion, Jake's best feud may not have happened if he'd won that belt.
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