Jake “The Snake” Roberts’ life hit rock bottom after leading a life of drugs and alcohol.
However, just when the pro wrestling great was almost down for the three-count, a call came from Diamond Dallas Page that changed his life for the better.
Page credits Roberts for being instrumental in helping his career take off by teaching the psychology of the business.
Now the former world champion has gone from learning in the ring to helping people from all walks of life, including wrestlers, with his revolutionary DDP Yoga programs. Page says it’s more than yoga or a diet or a workout, but a lifestyle. After talking to Roberts on the phone last year, DDP believed Roberts could be another success story if he made the effort.
“I decided because we hadn’t talked in a while that I wanted to fix it because he helped me become who I was,” Page said. “We had been back on the phone again, and I could tell by talking to him that he needed help. I started asking where he was at. He said he was at around 305 pounds and all the weight was in his stomach. His body was so beat up and beaten down that so I said, ‘Listen, let me just send you this program, and if you don’t do anything, at least try this eating plan I’m doing. It really takes the inflammation out of your body. You’ll feel better. If it doesn’t work, you can go back to eating the s%*& you were eating before.’”
Roberts was more than skeptical, but Page sent him the package.
“Basically I just said yes to get him off the phone,” Roberts said. “To be brutally honest, I was stuck on my own addiction. That was the only thing I was taking care of. I was at a point in my life where I was angry when I wake up because I was still alive. I wouldn’t commit suicide because I didn’t want to hurt my kids more than I already had. So hoping to die isn’t a good place to be and waking up each morning to take care of your addictions so can live through whatever that day was.
“He did send it. Like so many don’t, he did what he said he was going to do. I looked at and thought, ‘This isn’t that hard. I can do this.’ I thought was going to be one of those stupid diet things. I got into it and within a couple of weeks I was down 10 to 12 pounds.”
Page was somewhat surprised he was actually doing it. He talked to Steve Yu, who filmed a DDP Yoga programs success story of Arthur Boorman, the disabled veteran. This led to the idea of making a documentary on the resurrection of 57-year-old.
“We thought the Resurrection of Jake the Snake, but it really became ‘It’s Never Too Late: The Resurrection of Jake the Snake,’” Page said.
“So we went down to Gainesville, Texas. My buddy was so beat up, and he was already down 10 or pounds. He was feeling a bit better, but I had to pull him off the couch and chair, stand him up and do some stuff. I showed him how to you use a chair and his body, just like Arthur did, to do certain things like standing up to the floor and getting back up. He was blown up from two or three of these. That’s how beat up he was.”
Roberts said he started to do what Page asked him too, but the wear-and-tear on his body made it difficult.
“I had to sit down,” Roberts said. “He went in the kitchen and started cooking in my house, which pissed me off. I was ashamed where I was living. You talk about going from the penthouse to the outhouse, and you’re ashamed where you’re at, and you’re ashamed where you’re at in your life. That’s just another way the addiction messes with you. My addiction was screaming at me to get this son of a $#%^& out of my house so you could get high, but I didn’t.