- WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts made a special appearance last Saturday at an alumni picnic for A Forever Recovery, a rehabilitation facility in Battle Creek, Michigan. Roberts, who was the last to speak on Saturday, noted that it took 12 stints in rehab and the help of "Diamond" Dallas Page to finally overcome his addiction and get his life back on track.
"I had completely given up," Roberts said. "But I finally reached that point. I'd gotten out of the ring because I was just so bad physically, I couldn't get out of a chair, much less get in a ring. So it was over and I was waiting to die.
"Then my buddy (Page) reached out. He said, 'I'll take care of your bills. You don't have to pay rent. I'm going to feed you the best food on the planet. I'm going to help you lose 75 pounds,' … and I'd already lost 10 pounds when he hit me with that. I jumped on that. For me to lose 10 pounds, it was a miracle. It was the first positive thing that had happened to me in 10 years."
One of the key messages Roberts delivered is that sobriety is a forever journey that is worth the fight. After 59 years, Roberts says drugs and alcohol tempt him once a month at most. Now, instead of craving alcohol, he is driven to stay sober thanks to renewed relationships with his children and the fact that he finally likes the guy in the mirror.
"I look in the mirror now and I don't hate myself anymore," he said. "It really sucked when it got so bad that I took the mirrors down in the house because I hated myself to the point that every time I looked at them, I wanted to punch the mirror. Self-hate is (hard), especially when it's coupled with shame. It didn't happen for me until like four months ago that I finally said, 'You know what, dude, I think you're a pretty cool cat. I kinda like you.'"
- As noted earlier, Chavo Guerrero will be featured in his own comic book series by Lion Forge Comics, Warrior's Creed. Here is the official press release for the comic:
Wrestling Superstar Chavo Guerrero Tag Teams with Lion Forge Comics in Warrior's Creed
St. Louis and San Diego, Calif. – August 13, 2014 – Announced at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego, professional wrestler Chavo Guerrero will be starring in his own comic book series by Lion Forge Comics, Warrior's Creed. The six-time WCW/WWE Cruiserweight Champion will be forced to lace up his boots once again as he fights a criminal organization hell bent on revenge.
Warrior's Creed chronicles the adventures of Chavo Guerrero, a wrestler forced to take his fight outside of the squared circle when the La Iniciativa de Voltan, a.k.a. The Voltan Initiative, look to create an army of unstoppable super criminals using a secret hidden inside the Guerrero family's DNA. But this secret also holds the key to the Warrior's Creed, and if unlocked, will also give Chavo Guerrero incredible powers. Powers he must use to stop this insidious band of organized crime lords.
Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza will be scripting Warrior's Creed with body slamming artwork by Eddie Nunez. Shannon Eric Denton will be refereeing the super-powered wrestling series as editor.
Lion Forge adds Warrior's Creed to its already impressive collection of celebrity inspired titles, including Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, based on professional MMA fighter, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Wonderous II with cosplay superstar Yaya Han, and The Joshua Run, based on actor/comedian Flex Alexander.
Warrior's Creed will be available for purchase this fall through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore and Comics Plus app for iOS and Android devices. The entire series run will then be available from Lion Forge's print-partnership with IDW Publishing..
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