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Review: The Resurrection of Jake "The Snake"

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    Posted: 29/February/2016 at 21:13
I finally got the movie. I don't know how long it's been on google play but I got it today, and it was worth every penny and more.

People always talk about how wrestling is fake. It's always the go to criticism: "oh it's fake." But you can watch a movie, or a TV show, and the actor on TV can play a character 100% out of their real life persona, and you get no inclination whatsoever who the actor is. You latch on to the actor, thinking the character is indicative in some way of who that person is, and you meet them and realize they're a complete douchebag.

With wrestling those rules still apply, but year after year of watching a wrestler ad-libbing a predetermined storyline like it used to be done gives you queues to who the person behind the character really is.

You could watch Cactus Jack, and Mankind both, and eventually you got to know who Mick Foley is. Mick would shine through. He wasn't a horrible deformed monster with missing teeth and ears. He was a sweet, lovable, fun-loving, and funny man. He was a HARD-CORE, sweet, lovable, fun-loving, and funny man, but he was still a sweet, lovable, fun-loving, and funny man regardless.

Dallas could come out and play this over the top tough guy with the cigar, but eventually you'd catch him in a segment talking with someone backstage and he'd get excited and go: "Bro, bro, bro!" before he started into whatever it was he was going to say, and eventually Dallas's personality started to come through, and that was when he got over.

It wouldn't have mattered had Scott and Kevin put him over or not, if Page Falkinburg hadn't come through. What happened was, nWo put him over, and as a result Dallas got mic time and allowed to say what he wanted. Possibly it was viewed as giving him enough rope to hang himself, but what does Dallas do? He turns a negative into a positive.

By the time Dallas was done in the ring, we as fans knew who Dallas really was. Dallas is a tough talking, badass, and a man's man, but he's also a very loyal, kind hearted man. His on-screen character over time reflected very well who Dallas really is. It's happened with nearly every wrestler who has had any amount of big-time success.

It may start with life imitating art, but it usually ends with art imitating life. And so it was with Jake "The Snake" Roberts.

Jake was dark and scary, even when he was the good guy, you knew the things he'd seen would give you nightmares, and when he was the bad guy he proved it. In his later years, his drug and alcohol problems got folded in to the character because of his foolish decisions. It wasn't as prominent in his character as it was in Scott Hall's character, but you'd see clips here and there that would show it and it lended itself to his character.

One need only look at the life of Matt "Evil Doink" Bourne to see what awaited Jake. The loss of Matt Bourne was a horrible shame, because he was one of the most gifted technical wrestlers, coupled with that same exact dark psychology Jake had, but Matt also had a bit of psychosis in his character that luckily Jake lacked.

Jake talks about his failures, of how he was never going to be like his dad, and he was going to do this right and that right, well... for as much as he may have let himself down back then, at least he did better than Matt Bourne, because Matt didn't make it. His vices, which were the same as Jake's got the better of him before he could get his career really going at the same level as Jake.

Jake's character was a tortured soul, and it had twisted the character into one of the most vile characters I've ever seen. Were you to match a movie character to that of Jake "The Snake" the character would have been Hannibal Lecter. The evil things Jake "The Snake" did to the faces he'd feud with were second to none.

So here comes Dallas, Mr. Positivity himself, and he brings out the defiant teenage hero that Aurelian Smith wanted to be. He was always a part of Jake "The Snake" too, when Jake was a face it was quite prominent, but the face Jake was far more the character, and far less a reflection of the person, than heel Jake was, and Dallas turned that around.

We as fans can see this in all of our favorite wrestlers. Once we get smartened up to the business (as much as any fan who does not actually work in the business CAN be smartened up) those of us that stick with the show, spend our fandom getting to know not only the characters, but the people behind the characters. That's why for as much as we may hate the John Cena character, it's only the total marks that won't concede that John the man is actually a really great guy.

So unlike an actor on a TV show or a movie, after years and years of seeing our favorite wrestlers on TV, we have a pretty damned good idea of who the person really is. It's never perfect, but it's definitely within the ballpark.

I can't stress my awe enough by restating that Dallas brought back out the hero Aurelian Smith wanted to be as a young man. Jake "The Snake" has actually made the very greatest face turn of any wrestler ever.
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