Jake Roberts has revealed the lack of selling in WWE today will prevent him from ever being able to work in a backstage role with the company.
Every form of entertainment evolves over time, and with that, people from its past will criticize it. Whether it be fans or participants, there will be people on hand to claim that the business was better during "the good old days." That might be more relevant to the wrestling world than any other we can think of.
Every wrestling fan has a time in the industry that is their favorite. Whether it be the 1980s when Hulkamania was running wild, the Attitude Era, or perhaps the present day. One man whose favorite era is definitely not the one unfolding in front of us as we speak is Jake "The Snake" Roberts. During a recent appearance on Notsam Wrestling, the Hall Of Famer explained exactly why he wouldn't fit in backstage in WWE right now.
Roberts explained that he is not afraid to speak his mind. Due to his views on the current product, he doesn't think that would go down well if he had a backstage role in WWE right now. "I don't like what the product is today. Nobody sells a damn thing. Everything's a frickin' high spot," Roberts explained to listeners. "Are you gonna tell me I can hit you with a sledgehammer but I can't beat you with it...I gotta beat you with a schoolboy!"
Roberts goes as far as to say it makes him sick, and that fans like good wrestling so that is what WWE should give them. It is hard not to see where he's coming from. Some of the matches going on in NXT are perfect examples of that. Terrific matches that tell a story and don't need added extras or quirky finishes so that they can be awkwardly shoehorned into a storyline.
It's funny that Roberts should be the one to make this point. His fellow Hall Of Famer Steve Austin has often discussed the overuse of previously devastating moves and often cites Roberts' DDT as an example. When Roberts delivered that DDT, you knew the match was over. Nowadays, wrestlers use it as nothing more than a transition move.