Top 50 villains in wrestling history

#10 Jake "The Snake" Roberts

The moniker started, innocently enough, as a tribute to quarterback Ken “The Snake” Stabler, an Oakland Raiders general who slithered past defenders. But after years of stalking to the ring with a python in a burlap sack slung over his shoulder, it became more than just a nickname for Jake Roberts.

As cunning and heartless as a serpent, Roberts nearly ended Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s career when he drove his head into the concrete floor with a DDT. Even worse, he once tied a helpless Randy Savage in the ring ropes and forced a poisonous cobra to sink its fangs into "Macho Man’s" forearm. Psychologically, "The Snake" was even more dangerous as he used mind games to cripple foes like Ultimate Warrior.

Roberts was always effective, but few could deny that he went too far. By the end of his career, it was hard to tell where Jake ended and "The Snake" began. — R.M.