In wrestling, Roddy Piper was known for his background in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. Although Canadian, he became famous over time thanks to the character of the Scottish Roddy Piper, a grumpy and annoying who always wore a scarlet-colored kilt and whose entrance music was a classic Scottish song performed on the bagpipe.
He earned the nicknames "Rowdy" and "Hot Rod" due to his distinctive Scottish anger, his spontaneity and his humor. Wrestling veteran Ric Flair hailed him as "the most gifted entertainer in wrestling history"
Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and was ranked # 1 as the greatest villain in wrestling history by WWE. One of the most recognizable wrestling stars in the world, Piper wrestled in the main events of several pay-per-views, including WrestleMania I.
She won 34 titles in different federations over the course of her career and her best-known rivals include Greg Valentine, Adrian Adonis and Hulk Hogan, whose feud with the latter also involved "Captain" Lou Albano and singer Cyndi Lauper and is considered the beginning of the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection.
If anyone knew how to draw heat from fans, it was the late WWE legend, Roddy Piper. There were occasions where things got a little out of control. On the latest edition of Sportskeeda's Smack Talk, wrestling legend Dutch Mantell revealed one such story involving Piper.
Dutch Mantell on Roddy Piper
"I wasn't around him that much but I remember one time he went down to the Dominican Republic and I remember telling him about how dangerous Puerto Rico was and the Dominican Republic was even worse.
I don't think he believed it till he got over there. He was a master of getting heat and people hated him anyway. I think he was pulled out of the ring by two cops. They pulled a gun on him inside the arena and took him to the back and I think handcuffed him.
They didn't beat him up anything but he said he was fearing for his safety and his life. So that's the only story I have about Roddy Piper. Roddy said, 'I'll never go back there again.' Somebody told him that we tried to tell you the first time not to go but you wouldn't listen," said Dutch Mantell.
Flair himself had issues there, even though he had put over the local babyface in their match: "I think Flair even told him not to go to the Dominican Republic because he had a run in. Flair got beat in the Dominican Republic by their hero and the people still wanted to kill him," added Mantell.