WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is in a new movie, "Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies." I had a chance to speak with him about the movie, the upcoming Wrestlemania, the WWE Network, his feelings toward WWE and their feelings toward him.
Ring Posts: Are you going to be involved at all with Wrestlemania Weekend?
Roddy Piper: I'm going to be there. You know, that's a good question. I have a lot of thoughts about it. I don't know any other entertainment sport where 30 years later you could give the fans the opportunity to see the two guys who started it at the War to Settle The Score. Personally, I think that if you don't hit the bagpipes, there's 30 years and I don't know how many millions of fans that you're cheating of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It's not about money, it's not about hearing your name get chanted either. It's about saying thank you I think. You want to give the fans what they deserve and you want to do it with class. So am I going to be part of it? I don't know. I don't know. I wouldn't mind inducting T into the Hall of Fame, I guarantee you would never forget that induction. I doubt they'll do that one but they may. I don't know what they're going to do. Tell me when I get there.
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Speaking of Mr. T, what do you think of him being inducted into the Hall of Fame?
I'm glad he's being inducted into the Celebrity wing. At the time, at the first Wrestlemania, Mr. T was probably the most famous television celebrity in the world. So I think the guy deserves to be inducted into the Celebrity Hall of Fame. Personally, what I've got with him or against him I think it's time to grow up. Just don't mention my name. Leave me out of your speech, T.
What about the others that are in the Hall of Fame class this year?
Ultimate Warrior? He should be in there. Razor, yeah, I got no problem with those guys. They earned that honor. No problem with any of them. I think all those guys deserve it.
Is there anyone you think should be inducted that hasn't been yet?
I think Cyndi Lauper should be in there. I think she should have been in there a long time ago. She did a lot for wrestling. She got a lot of mainstream to watch the War to Settle the Score. So I think she needs her due.
You were there at Wrestlemania I, you've been at a lot since then. What are some of your favorite memories at Wrestlemania?
Number 1 is hard to beat, because nobody knew how it was going to happen. There was no handbook. The excitement of the very first one, it's hard to beat that. Number 3, that's hard to beat. It had Andre the Giant. You don't have those kinds of icons anymore. This one ... what does the Superdome hold? Around 100 [thousand]? So there might be a chance to set a new indoor record? That would be cool. It's hard to beat 1 and 3 though. They were the first big ones. 1 was just all-time. The electricity really came off it. The different people, from Mr. T to Liberace and the Rockettes to Andy Warhol and Little Richard. Billy Martin, holy cow. It was good stuff. Hard to beat that.
Do you still follow the product and watch wrestling a good amount?
Unfortunately I don't get a chance to watch it as much as I'd like to. Every once in a while I catch a little bit of it, some of the main players. I'm a little in tune.
Last time you were in Baltimore, you were a part of the Old School RAW. Is there anyone that you saw then, or recently that you like, and think have a chance to be the next big star?
I think the guys they have right now are tremendous. Every one of them are tremendous athletes and conduct themselves well. I think Dean Ambrose and that kid Bryan ... I've had them both in the Pit and know what they're made out of. I don't want to forget anybody. Obviously The Shield ... the Samoan kids [The Usos]. I think they're great, I really do. I'm proud of them.
When you were on that show back in January, you really put over CM Punk. What do you think of his situation now with him apparently walking out?
I don't know the reasons. I'm glad you asked that question because I have no bias. I don't know why, and I don't know what was going on, but I know this. CM Punk is a very talented man, and I'm a big fan of his. He's got a lot of great talent to share with the fans all over the world for a number of years. When you have one regime and something is going wrong, you have no other choice but to fall back and catch your breath and see where am I standing and where are they standing and where are we going. Back in the day, when you're going 330 days a year, it's hard to have that much sense. I think that for one, CM Punk has a whole lot more great stuff to come out and I believe that the WWE will want that. They've put a lot of money into him, and they need to get over whatever their problem is. Sometimes going away from each other and catching their breath is the best thing to do.
The WWE Network is out now, have you had a chance to see anything on it, and do you expect to maybe grow your fanbase with the younger crowd getting to experience the “Hot Rod”?
Yeah, I can feel it. I think they like me. I don't know if they like old school or new school better. You know what it does? It gives dad a chance to watch with his son, and maybe his son says “I like Daniel Bryan” well dad can say “Well you should have seen Junkyard Dog” and they can go back and forth watching on the network. The entire family can watch it together, and it makes you more fun for them.
Do you have any plans, or been contacted to be on the WWE Network, whether it's on the panels or anything else?