Jake "The Snake" Roberts, WWE Star, Has Cancer; Emergency Knee Surgery Scheduled

Celebrity News Feb. 24, 2014 AT 11:20AM
Jake "the Snake" Roberts Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Jake "The Snake" Roberts has a very serious battle to fight outside the ring. Doctors recently discovered that the WWE legend, 58, has a cancerous growth behind his knee which requires emergency surgery, he told TMZ on Sunday, Feb. 23.

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Jake (real name: Aurelian Smith, Jr.) discovered the growth last month, with tests confirming last Friday that it's cancerous -- and growing into his muscle. The surgery is scheduled for this Tuesday, and Jake vows to return to the ring at the Jersey Championship Wrestling match on March 13.

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"If the devil can't defeat me, cancer doesn't stand a chance in hell! Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease 'cause The Snake will be just fine," the WWE Hall of Fame 2013 inductee tells TMZ.

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Jake first made a name for himself in the WWF in the late 1980s during the heyday of the performance sport.

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