A year-and-a-half removed from the depths of despair, Jake "The Snake" Roberts' comeback will climax with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in April.
The company made the announcement Monday during a "Raw" telecast. Roberts, 58, fought substance abuse issues for years before former world champ Diamond Dallas Page announced in an interview with Newsday in late 2012 that Roberts would be moving from Texas to Page's suburban Atlanta home to train for a sober return to pro wrestling using Page's DDP Yoga system.
Roberts subsequently dropped weight and overcame substance setbacks. (Newsday chronicled Roberts' progress by spending 24 hours in Page's Smyrna, Ga., home -- dubbed "The Accountability Crib" -- a month after Roberts moved in.)
“Damn, I’m thankful,” Roberts told Newsday in a November 2012 interview. “And it’s [living healthier] changing the way you look at things because you’re walking differently, you’re eating differently, you’re able to do things you hadn’t been able to do in 20 years."
After being helped by Page, Roberts became a mentor himself, joining with Page to welcome fellow troubled pro wrestler Scott Hall to the home in 2013.
WWE ultimately showed its confidence that Roberts had finally cleaned up his life by featuring him at the end of the Old School Raw episode earlier this month, rekindling his legendary gimmick by bringing a snake to the ring to frighten his foes.
Roberts joins The Ultimate Warrior as announced inductees for the 2014 Hall ceremony, which will take place on April 5 at the New Orleans Arena, the day before WrestleMania 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.