Jake "the Snake" Roberts is gearing up to fight his toughest opponent yet: Cancer.
The WWE star was diagnosed with a tumor behind his knee and will undergo emergency surgery to remove the growth on Tuesday, he told TMZ. But the 58-year-old wrestler is confident in his recovery, saying, "If the devil can't defeat me, cancer doesn't stand a chance in hell!"
Roberts, whose father is late wrestler Grizzly Smith, urged fans to "pray for sick children who face this horrible disease 'cause The Snake will be just fine."
He assured the site he would return to Jersey Championship Wrestling on March 14—cancer or not—and that he'd absolutely be present for his WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony Apr. 5.
Roberts is now proudly sober, having tackled his substance abuse problems with the help of fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page and his DDP Yoga program. In a 2013 interview with Bleacher Report, he admitted life without drugs isn't always pleasant, but it was worth it. "I don't have anything to block the pain, the aggravation, the depression," he said. "I'm forced to think about the wreckage and carnage I need to rectify. But my children want to see me and be part of my life. I'm welcome in their homes. And now, they tell me they're proud of me, not disappointed."
And Roberts' family is surely proud of the WWE star for his bravery in this face of cancer, too.