Jake Roberts: Mrs. Roberts Fires Away!
Monday, November 24th, 2008
Below is an email sent from Jake Roberts supposed wife, Judy, to a popular wrestling web-site in regards to Jake's situation being pulled from our November 15th SOUL SURVIVOR V event. Beneath that is my response to her this afternoon. Please note, Jake, Jake's wife and Jake's Myspace "staff" has yet to contact us direct via email, Myspace, in writing or via telephone.
Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 6:39 PM
I take offense to the things you have said and are spreading about my husband Aurelian Smith Jr. aka Jake Roberts...It is people like you and others (and they know who they are) that do not allow him to continue on a positive road to recovery...If you knew anything about it you would know that him (and anyone else going thru recovery) will fall off the wagon, but the question is will he (or they) pick themselves up and get back on if the answer to this is yes then the are still fighting for soberity. Why should you or anyone else feel the need to knock them down again and again? There are tons of promoters over these last 4 years that have claimed to book Jake and really didn't, only to tell their fans (that they cheated out of money) that he was a no show...This has been brought to our attention several times and we have squashed it as soon as it was brought to our attention this time is no different...You say it's only pro wrestling...it's guys like Jake that choose pro wrestling for their life and made it what it was not this mickey mouse stuff they have today...
I don't think you or anyone else have the right to bash Jake or call any one a moron or tell them to f--- themselves...It's people like you and the media that pick up false stories and run with them just to lift yourselves. Maybe you people should check the facts before you just start running your mouths.
I can tell you for FACT that Jake has picked himself up and put himself back on the wagon, maybe you should be giving airtime to that instead of liars. I challenge you or anyone from MWF to show proof of a deposit paid to my husband or a signed contract that he was booked to perform. In the future do yourself a favor and check facts so as not to make yourself look like the moron...Sincerely, Judy Smith aka Mrs. Aurelian Smith Jr.
How are you? My name is Dan Mirade, one of the promoters for the Millennium Wrestling Federation group in Boston. I appreciate being sent a copy of this email and was hoping to respond sooner, but our recent event and life matters kept me away from the internet. . .
Extend me the opportunity to explain my dealings with Jake before touching upon your email. In the summer of 2005, our group organized a fundraiser for November 5th of that year for the family support group of the local troops in Iraq. They were very interested in having Jake appear. I was not so big on the idea, due to his reputation. When we work with groups like this, I aim to please and we came to an agreement with Jake. Due to his long history of no-showing appearances or trying to hold promoters up for money, I would pay him in full upon appearing. Our group has been in operations since 2001, and if you take a look at our web-site and reach out to any of the dozens and dozens of superstars we have used, not one has been slighted a penny. Our record is what it is. Jake's record is what it is, unfortunately.
The week leading up to the event, Jake called sounding like a little child hiding from a monster under his sheets. He said "this is Jake Roberts, I need Richard Rios to keep me away from Judy on Saturday or I can't come." I had absolutely no idea who Richard Rios or Judy (you?) were. Jake was afraid that "Judy" was going to fly to Boston to try to get him high on drugs after he cleaned up. He needed us to fly in Richard Rios to protect him from Judy. I explained to Jake we were five days away from the event and could not afford a last minute airline ticket like that. . .the only way we could do it was to take it out of his payday on November 5th. He agreed. I spoke with Richard, and we got the ticket. I also spoke to them the night before the event and everything appeared to be ready to go. . .
The morning of November 5th was spent wasting hours thanks to Jake's unprofessionalism and having no character or integrity. When we went to pick Jake and Richard up at Logan Airport, they were not on their scheduled Atlanta-Boston flight. Since Atlanta is a hub city for Delta and have almost hourly flights, I was hoping they were running late. They were not on the next flight already in air, nor were they checked in for the next one. I was uanble to reach either one of them via telephone. We spent all afternoon wasting our time on the phone with Delta and leaving countless voicemails for the two of them, all for nothing. We had to show up to a venue with 400 fans wanting to see Jake, and unable to give them ANY explanation. We posted a sign to let fans know that were buying tickets that night that Jake was not going to be there. For fans that pre-purchased tickets, we went above and beyond and offered them free tickets to our event the following Saturday. . .
I wound up speaking with Richard a week or so later. He said that after we spoke the night before the event, he ran off with some whore and hadn't heard from him since. After that episode, Richard said he was washing his hands of Jake. So thanks to Jake's need to go off, get high and get laid, we were screwed out of $800 in airline tickets, a hotel room that was pre-paid for, 200 unsigned 8X10 photos of him that I still have, and hundreds of disappointed fans. The only positive was that it opened up a couple of doors with me with WWE, as he went AWOL on them, too, the week his DVD came out. . .
Fast forward to 2008. Jake's name came up again for an event we had this past November 15th. Friends in and out of WWE said Jake was looking good and doing better than ever. I believe that a sober Jake Roberts has a lot to offer the wrestling business and to the young, independent wrestlers we use. I rolled the dice and reached out to him via his Myspace page, dealing with some angry sounding redneck named Shannon. She offered a half hearted apology about his no-show, screwing the fans and all but stealing over $1,000 from us for nothing. She said Jake requested a deposit for an appearance. . .I wouldn't give him a deposit to save his life after he stole from us and ruined another event, to be honest. I came across Jake's phone number - 352-XXX-2738, just to confirm - and we made many calls back and forth. We put together an agreement for him to appear November 15th, and the last voicemail I got from him prior to our June 21st event when we announced him was "let's do it."
Fast forward to September, when Jake was "victimized" again, pulling out his penis, insulting black fans, ruining another event. After seeing that, we couldn't risk having him do that in front of our fans. I called Jake and left several voicemails, and also sent an email to his little mark friend Shannon explaining that we would not be using Jake. . .
I was extremely, extremely upset when one of Jake's Myspace pals posted that he was not booked nor even contacted for our November 15th event. I already posted that on our web-site. Then this email came to me a couple of days before the event. Why do you believe that Jake is such a victim?? Because he chooses to use drugs and alcohol, again and again and again and again and again?? I realize it's a disease, but if he's infected, stop bullshitting people and letting the fans down. Are there sleazebag promotions out there that would false advertise him or stiff him on his pay?? Absolutely. We're not one of them. Jake decided to no-show dozens and dozens of appearances, letting thousands of fans down. He's tried to hold up promoters for more money than agreed upon. He goes to conventions and tries to hold up fans for extra money to sign WWE action figures because WWE supposedly didn't pay him enough (as if it's the FANS fault!). Since his big "comeback" he's proven that WWE once again wasted their money on rehab on him all over again. . .
Finally, I will once again offer Jake unedited, uninterupted airtime to tell his side of the story on MWF Xtra: The John Cena Sr. Show. Mr. Cena is the father of the WWE Champion and is a man of character and integrity that PUSHED for us to give Jake a second chance. All I would want in return is the opportunity to ask questions once he's told his version of things. Just name the time. . .