In this day and age, having a podcast is a beautiful thing. You can pretty much say what you want to say, without having to worry about watching your language or going over the allotted time you are given. It’s free reign to express what you really want.
I won’t hide the fact that I’m a huge mark for Piper. When I became a wrestling fan in the mid-1980’s, Roddy Piper was the man I cheered. Even though he was a villain, I enjoyed and appreciated his comedic talents and the non-stop entertainment value he brought to the table. Whether it be he smashing the coconut over the head over Jimmy Snuka’s head, or him cutting the Haiti Kid’s hair, I pretty much enjoyed all of his segments.
Roddy was my guy.
Fast forward to 2015. I’m still a fan of Piper, and when he comes out and does a “Piper’s Pit” segment on WWE RAW, I will stop what I am doing and watch it. Piper’s ability to tell a story to the crowd and explain the emotions of his interviewee and what they are going through is a lost art that is rarely seen on television anymore.
Piper, along with Steve Austin, Ric Flair, Jim Ross and Chris Jericho have segued into the world of podcast radio. When I first heard that Piper was going to be doing a podcast, I was very excited. After all, who wouldn’t want to listen to all the crazy stories and funny locker room tales that Piper and his guests would talk about?
I was wrong.
To say that I have been disappointed would be an understatement. Roddy is great on television, but it doesn’t translate well to radio. Piper likes to repeat himself a lot, using what we say in the radio business as a “crutch”, as he constantly uses the phrase “Sweet Baby Jesus”. It was cool the first time I heard it, but it gets annoying as time goes by. Plus, Piper rambles for what seems like forever. He loses his train of thought way too often, and it makes for confusing and unlistenable radio.
All of this came to a head this week after Piper was removed as a host on Podcast One. Apparently, he had former “Mad TV” host Will Sasso on, and controversy ensued after Sasso started imitating fellow pro wrestler and Podcast One host “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Austin heard the podcast, didn’t like what Sasso was doing, and complained to his bosses about the episode.
As a result, Piper was wished well in his future endeavors as host of his podcast.
Austin released a statement on his podcast a few days after.
“To Roddy, you’re one of the all-time greats in the professional wrestling business. I cheered for you as a babyface, I booed for you as a heel and respected everything that you did. Your Hall of Fame career speaks for what it is. To that, no hard feelings. I don’t want to back and forth on this, it’s a closed book. That’s my side of the story, I will not respond to anything else. What I’ve spoken is the bottom line, and what I’ve spoken is the truth. I had nothing to do with Roddy Piper leaving Podcast One. End of story”.
Many fans have voiced their opinions on both sides, mostly siding with Piper. However, I don’t think Austin got Piper fired. What I believe happened was Austin went to his boss, wasn’t comfortable with what was being aired during the Piper-Sasso broadcast, and complained. It happens in every form of business.
At first, I didn’t understand the details of the situation. But I realized one complaint isn’t going to get Roddy Piper fired. This was probably stewing for a while, with multiple instances where his bosses at Podcast One weren’t satisfied with his performance.
However, in my opinion, Piper got himself fired.