Jake Roberts Talks About Still Getting Asked For Advice, 'Waiting to Die'

Jake Roberts opens up about the lows he reached, and how he's now teaching the younger generation.

Speaking to CBC News, he continues to be astonished at how he's been able to get himself back together after decades of drug abuse. He seemed to be waiting for death until someone grabbed him up from his depths and started to get his life back together.

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"I just can't believe I made it back.. I was so far down, man, that I couldn't see daylight," he said. "I couldn't even see a glimmer of hope. I'd given up. All my hope was dead and gone. To recover from that is a one in a million. That's the reason I'm so open about it, is I want other people to work at it."

Roberts went on to talk about how many younger wrestlers now come up to him and ask for advice. He thinks its great, as he feels they want the product the best it can be, and that it's his pleasure to help them.

"These guys are very open to listening to what I have to say," Roberts said. "Several of them come to me nightly and say 'hey, will you watch my match and give me some pointers? And that makes me feel really good, and I love helping them because I want the product to be the best that it can be. I want these guys to enjoy what they're doing, so I try to teach them a little bit, you know, give them some of the knowledge that was given to me many years ago. That's my duty, that's my pleasure, that's my dream."

Roberts wrestled for the WWE from 1985-1992, and also made a brief comeback in 1996. He's still active on the independent scene.

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