Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Aurelian Jake Smith, Jr. is a second-generation professional wrestler, the son of former wrestler Aurelian "Grizzly"
Smith. He is best known as Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and often brought snakes into the ring, including a
python named Damien and even acobra.
Roberts is best known for his two runs in the World Wrestling Federation--the first between 1986 and 1992, and the
second between 1996 and 1997--though he also wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance in 1983, World Championship Wrestling
in 1992, and Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion in the 1990s. He appeared in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the
summer of 1997 and has made sporadic appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Roberts is known for his intense and cerebral promos, his dark charisma, his extensive use of psychology
in his matches, and has been credited as inventor of the DDT. He was also one of the subjects of the 1999
documentary film Beyond the Mat.