For those wondering why the legendary Jake Roberts has been largely absent from AEW programming in recent weeks and months, the WWE Hall of Famer is dealing with some health issues.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Roberts has been dealing with undisclosed health issues during this time, while Bodyslam.net's Cassidy Haynes adds that the Snake has recently undergone surgery to have pins inserted into his toes.
In terms of when we may seen Jake back on our screens, that same Bodyslam report claims that Roberts has been cleared for action and could be back on AEW TV as early as this coming week.
Roberts has been associated with AEW dating back to 2019, making his first appearance as a blackjack dealer ahead of the Women's Casino Battle Royale at that year's All Out PPV. Jake the Snake then resurfaced in March 2020, turning up to confront Cody Rhodes on an episode of AEW Dynamite and herald the arrival of a mysterious new client - a mysterious new client who would end up being Lance Archer.
This past July saw Roberts pen a new two-year contract with AEW, so Tony Khan's promotion clearly have plans for the 66-year-old. And in terms of plans, next up for Jake is an appearance at New York Comic Con on 7 October.