YONKERS, N.Y. -- Before WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts got in touch with fellow retired wrestler "Diamond" Dallas Page, he was living alone, spending his days drinking alcohol and smoking crack.
Roberts, who is now sober and 50 pounds lighter, is the subject of "The Resurrection Of Jake The Snake", which was shown at the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers Friday. Roberts, Page and fellow wrestler Scott Hall participated in a Q-n-A and signed autographs for fans in attendance.
In the documentary, Roberts moves in with Page, who helps him maintain his sobriety while teaching him DDP Yoga to allow him to lose weight and get his body back. Roberts, who wrestled for WWE in the 1980s and 1990s, relapses several times in the movie, but eventually reconnects with his family, returns to WWE and is inducted into the company's Hall of Fame.
Hall is another wrestler who fell on hard times due to alcoholism. Page and Roberts reached out to him and he moved in with them. Like Roberts, Hall has lost weight, reconnected with his family, maintained his sobriety and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Before he moved in with Page, Hall had been to rehab 12 times.
"When they show the film, for the first half, I like to wait in the lobby," Hall said. "It's too embarrassing. I wasn't too proud of that guy. I didn't want to live, but I didn't have the guts to kill myself."
Page said he wanted to help Roberts and Hall because of how they helped him achieve wrestling superstardom.
"Scott gave me my big break and Jake took me under his wing," Page said.
Roberts said he hopes someone battling addiction can be inspired by the documentary.
"If Scott and I can make it, than so can you," Roberts said.
Roberts said if you know someone battling addiction, you should reach out to them.
"You don't want to lose them," Roberts said.
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