Rowdy Roddy Piper, WWE Hall of Famer and a legendary name in the world of professional wrestling and entertainment in general, joined our own Chad Dukes on Chad Dukes versus the World Friday night on 106.7 The Fan to discuss his new film Pro Wrestlers versus Zombies, WrestleMania XXX, Dean Ambrose, the idea of Hot Rod mentoring Drew McIntryre and reflects on the circumstances surrounding his confrontations with Mr. T.
The film is currently on a limited theatrical run, visit Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies.com for details and to pre-order the DVD, features other luminaries from the wrestling world such as: Matt Hardy, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Shane Douglas and Kurt Angle. Piper sounded reluctant to join up at first, but once he heard the names involved and the tone of the film he couldn’t resist and ended up having a ton of fun shooting. “We kinda came into it as a comedy,” Piper tells Dukes, “There’s just a coconut laying around in the jail, so I used it!” What’s really cool is that the wrestlers in the movie all performed their own stunts and no CGI was used. It got so real during the filming Piper accidentally sent one of the zombies to the hospital.
This poor kid he came in to the kitchen part of the jail, he had a bandage around his head like he was a zombie and I thought, “Okay,” and I saw a kitchen pot, and I threw him onto the table and I was hitting him in the head. But I mean it was going CLANG, but I thought I was hitting the steel of the sink part, but I wasn’t, I was hitting his head! Poor kid, and that gauze, white gauze, blood started coming out and I go, “that’s really good, these guys are good. Somehow they got that blood there.” “Cut! Can somebody call an ambulance!” I’ll just go back to my trailer now.
He was a really sweet kid, I wouldn’t of hurt nobody like that I thought I was hitting the sink.
Talk next turned to the rumors of Piper being at WrestleMania XXX. Piper has been campaigning openly for a Hogan-Piper interaction at the 30th edition of WrestleMania on Social Media. While it sounds like the Hot Rod will be in attendance in New Orleans, he’s not confident any nod will be given to the two superstars who started the pay-per-view phenomenon.
I wrote a quick note to the WWE saying if you don’t give the fans, what they deserve, the two guys that started it, just let them walk out, you know as more to thank them. I’m not there to have people cheer for me, I’ve had my share of that and I’m very grateful. But to have Hogan in the ring and not hit the bagpipes, the fans would never forget it. Not to give them that, to give them that to remember for the rest of their lives as would we, being Hogan and myself, who I’ve not talked to, I think would be a mistake. This is 30 years, we started with a thing called War to Settle The Score. The promoter put his house and everything up on a tag team match called WrestleMania, no number. I was definitely the dark horse in the race. 30 years later I think that we should say hello, but I don’t think the WWE’s with me, I don’t know what they wanna do. But it’ll tell me, if I don’t come out it’ll probably be the last time.
At one point, Piper had also pitched to WWE the idea of mentoring Scottish WWE Superstar Drew McIntryre. Dukes asked Piper about the idea and while Roddy would still be up for helping the former Chosen One, he talked about why he feels it didn’t happen.
I think that the organization thinks that I will breed rebel into these kids, and that’s not true. It’s just what I had to do to survive for my family. That’s the only reason, I can’t figure out another one. The kid Drew himself went to them, I went to them, they ended up taking the kilt off of him and making him some kind of a, I’m not sure what he is. He’s a great kid though.
Thank you to Roddy Piper for his time speaking with Chad in a tremendous interview, make sure you listen to the full interview for more than the quotes listed here, it is truly really good stuff with a legend in the industry.