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Jake Roberts on possible WWE return, today’s product, working with Ronnie Garvin, more

WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts recently spoke with to promote his one-man show at the Cleveland Improv on September 27th.

Roberts has had a great career and worked with top Superstars. When asked who he liked to work with, Roberts named several stars.

“I don’t have an ultimate match. I had too many matches that met the mark for different reasons, whether it be with Andre (the Giant), Rick Rude, Macho Man, Ricky Steamboat or Ronnie Garvin. Some of my favorites were with Ronnie Garvin, because they were so solid and so real. It was a pleasure to work with Ronnie. I had so many matches with so many great guys to work with, I was in paradise all the time.”

Roberts, who peaked in his career in the late 1980s, was asked about the product today and how it compares to when he was a top guy.

“The difference is simple. These guys don’t have the time to learn their craft or to develop their character. You don’t make a character in 15 minutes or six months or a year. Let’s face facts. Nobody’s getting time to learn this stuff. They’re getting put out in the ring expected to perform, and they can’t cut interviews, they can’t even think. That’s the issue.”

In the past, Roberts has expressed interest in being a trainer or agent for WWE. When asked if he thinks there is room for him in the company as a manager or an advisor, Roberts explained that he doesn’t think him working for WWE would be a great thing for him but wouldn’t shut the door on the idea.

“I’m not gonna close the door on it, because I love wrestling so much. I would love to have more input in what’s going on, but I don’t know if that would be the best thing for me. I’m so stuck in my ways, and I’m so hard-edged in believing my way is the only way, and it would probably get me in trouble. The most important thing in my life is my grandchildren and my sobriety and doing this ‘Unspoken Word’ tour. I really enjoy it. I get to meet up with so many people and talk to them and entertain them, and be a part of their lives. I don’t think me going back to the WWE would be a great thing, but I won’t shut the door on it, because I love it so much.”

Roberts also talked about how he started doing his one man shows and more. You can read the entire interview here.

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