It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the loss of a Wrestling Legend today, and true inspiration to Ronda Rousey. Rowdy Roddy Pipper has passed away at the age of 61.
As many fans in the MMA and WWE Universe may know, Ronda had asked Rowdy Roddy Piper if she could use his nickname before turning pro in MMA. With Piper’s blessing, Ronda has embodied the Rowdy name and taken over the MMA world. We will forever honor the man who we all know as “Hot ROD”, and the legacy of the ‘Rowdy’ nickname he has created. You will be missed, but you will never be forgotten!
Piper was a wrestling icon — one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the ’80s, and even wrestled in “Wrestlemania I” back in 1985 … squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.