"He was great in the ring," Peruzovic said during a phone interview. "We tagged team a few times. He was a great wrestler who was very professional out of the ring. It was a big loss. Bigger than life, he was a movie star."
Peruzovic, who, at 68, isn't that much older than Piper, believes that the key to living long is to not stop wrestling.
"I still wrestle and stay in shape," Peruzovic said in his still-thick Croatian accent. "A lot of these old wrestlers, they don't take care of their health. Once you work out and stop, you fall into bad health. I wasn't a party man. No drinking or drugs when I was wrestling. Piper and [the] Sheik liked to party."
His fondest memory of Piper involved Roddy's bagpipes, which he used to play while entering the ring. "We were traveling together in Japan," Peruzovic said, "when our manager ["Classy"] Freddie Blassie stuffed paper into [Piper's] pipes. When he came into the ring, he couldn't blow them as they were filled with toilet paper. He was so angry. I'm really going to miss him."