Jake “The Snake” Roberts, who is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014, found out Friday (Feb.21) that he has cancer. Roberts says he had a growth behind his knee checked out by a doctor, and was informed that it was cancerous and growing into his muscle.
TMZ reports that he will have it surgically removed Tuesday (Feb. 25) and will have to take a few weeks off from wrestling to heal. Roberts confident he’ll be ready to return to action by March 14 and will most definitely be present at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 5.
“If the devil can’t defeat me, cancer doesn’t stand a chance in hell,” Roberts tells TMZ. “Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease cause The Snake will be just fine.”
Roberts recently returned to WWE programming for the first time since 2005, after spending more than a year living with fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, who helped him get his life back on track after years of substance abuse.