On a recent edition of the “Ten Count” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts discussed the widespread use of his former finisher, the DDT, which is now a commonplace move in the current era of pro wrestling.
Roberts said, “It doesn’t please me. I think it’s a waste of a great move. But there’s a lot of great moves that are being wasted today. Not just the DDT. But having said that, I hope to hell they keep using it because every time they use it, it just brings my name back into the situation. That’s a good thing, in the days of everything online, and you get your name said. That’s all you need.”
On a recent edition of his “1 Of A Kind” podcast, Rob Van Dam discussed Kurt Angle switching over to ECW in 2006 and why he was supportive of the decision.
Angle was featured on ECW for weeks before departing from WWE.
RVD said, “Because he’s legit credible and such a great talent, anybody, any of the brands, would be happy to have him there. But I loved that he was going to be there as a strong opponent for me. And as soon as we were wrestling each other, I loved it, because I considered him a top guy, a main eventer, and I felt like I just wrapped myself up with my old ECW world. I was glad that I was a really strong, credible opponent, and Kurt and didn’t have to, like, create an opponent out of somebody else and then try to make him mean as much when it comes to selling tickets. Because that’s not easy to do, no matter how good of a match you give somebody.”
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The Evolution of Wrestling Moves: Jake Roberts and the DDT
Wrestling moves are an integral part of the sport, with each wrestler having their own signature moves that define their character and style in the ring. One such move that has become iconic in the world of professional wrestling is the DDT. Originally popularized by WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts, the DDT has now become a commonplace move in the current era of pro wrestling. In a recent interview on the “Ten Count” podcast, Roberts shared his thoughts on the widespread use of his former finisher.
Roberts expressed his mixed feelings about the popularity of the DDT among today’s wrestlers. He stated, “It doesn’t please me. I think it’s a waste of a great move. But there’s a lot of great moves that are being wasted today. Not just the DDT.” Despite his reservations, Roberts acknowledged the positive aspect of the move’s continued usage. He explained, “Having said that, I hope to hell they keep using it because every time they use it, it just brings my name back into the situation. That’s a good thing, in the days of everything online, and you get your name said. That’s all you need.”
The DDT, short for “Dynamite Dropkick,” is a move in which a wrestler falls backward or is dropped to the mat face-first, driving their opponent’s head into the canvas. It is known for its impact and ability to stun opponents, often leading to a pinfall victory. Jake Roberts first introduced the move in the 1980s and quickly gained recognition for its effectiveness and theatrics.
Over time, the DDT became synonymous with Roberts and his unique persona. His mastery of the move and his ability to execute it with precision and flair made it one of the most feared finishers in wrestling history. The move’s popularity grew as Roberts showcased it in high-profile matches and memorable moments, solidifying its status as a staple in the wrestling world.
However, as the wrestling landscape evolved, so did the use of the DDT. Other wrestlers began incorporating the move into their repertoire, sometimes with variations or modifications. While this expansion of the move’s usage may have diluted its impact to some extent, it also speaks to its enduring appeal and effectiveness.
Roberts’ ambivalence towards the widespread use of the DDT reflects the complex nature of wrestling moves and their evolution over time. On one hand, he recognizes the potential for great moves to be underutilized or overshadowed by the sheer volume of moves in modern wrestling. On the other hand, he appreciates the continued relevance and recognition that the DDT brings to his name and legacy.
The influence of Jake Roberts and his signature move, the DDT, cannot be overstated. It has left an indelible mark on the wrestling industry and continues to be a part of the wrestling lexicon. Whether fans view its widespread use as a tribute to Roberts or a dilution of its impact, there is no denying the lasting impact of the DDT on the world of professional wrestling.
In conclusion, the DDT is a move that has transcended its origins and become a staple in modern wrestling. Jake Roberts’ thoughts on its widespread use highlight the complexities of wrestling moves and their place in the ever-evolving world of professional wrestling. Regardless of personal opinions, the DDT remains an iconic move that will forever be associated with Jake Roberts and his contributions to the sport.