Thursday, February 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday: "This Footage Is Too Cruel to Show"

Jake "The Snake" Roberts is known as one of the best cerebral villains ever, but when called to draw sympathy and be a man of the people, he was one of the few who was just as effective. Feuds with Ted DiBiase and Rick Rude brought out the best in him as a face, but when he tangled with Earthquake in the early '90s, he may have set the high water mark for facial expressions that showed pathos and heart-wrenching loss. As detailed in this newsy recap segment hosted by "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Earthquake showed his disdain for Roberts' boa constrictor Damien in the only way any wrestling heel would, by doing things to it that would get PETA way up WWE's ass today, regardless of the fact that the snake was never in the bag in the first place. The camera shows a close up of Roberts' face, and ooh, the sadness is palpable. Speaking of Okerlund, in another life, he could have been America's most trusted news anchor. Also, a broadcast booth featuring both Roddy Piper AND Randy Savage along with Vince McMahon must have been a hoot on a regular basis, since both were regularly awesome with him by their lonesomes.

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