WWE legend Jake 'The Snake' Roberts has had a tough time of things in recent years.
After overcoming alcohol and drug problems that dogged his post-wrestling life, the WWE Hall of Famer has been diagnosed with, and beaten, muscular cancer as well as having suffered from pneumonia in the space of the last 18 months.
And now it looks like Roberts is set for another spell in hospital. Fortunately, this time around it appears to be a little more planned out after he revealed to fans he is set for hip replacement surgery.
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After a punishing career in the squared circle that lasted almost three decades, not to mention recent weight issues, it is perhaps not too surprising to hear that the veteran wrestler's body is in need of some TLC.
In alluding to his thankfulness as being able to pay for the operation though, Jake The Snake's situation does highlight that he is one of the lucky ones.
Only recently there have been stories of other wrestlers who require medical help now that their war-weary bodies are ageing but are unable to afford to pay for the procedures.
Former ECW member AXL Rotten, who spent time in the WWE in the mid-00s, asked for fan donations earlier this year to help fund spinal surgery, whilst Roberts himself was faced with the same situation in 2013.
Back then the wrestling legend was asking fans to help pay for shoulder surgery. Thankfully, in 2015, it looks like Roberts' fortunates have turned around enough that he doesn't have to rely on others.
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