TMZ.com is reporting that WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was arrested last night for a DUI. Roddy Piper reportedly failed a field sobriety test when he was pulled over by LAPD. He is currently in jail on $5,000 bail.
Roddy has been very public about his battles with drugs and alcohol. Piper had a notorious reputation for his partying lifestyle in his pro wrestling days. Les Thatcher once told a story on my radio show about Piper practically dead for partying for 24 hours and turning it on once the camera light went on. Unfortunately Piper’s wrestling lifestyle seemed to follow him into retirement.
Piper also made the news last year on TMZ thanks to a video. TMZ.com posted a video of Piper smoking a bong with some fans. Piper is a cancer survivor and likely smoked a lot of marijuana during therapy. Piper got a bit of a pass on this one.
Piper most recently returned to the wrestling ring back in April. Piper was part of a Gauntlet Match against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 25. Piper wrestled in the first WrestleMania main-event teaming with Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Piper has wrestled sporadically over the last several years for the WWE.
The arrest comes at a bad time for Hot Rod. Roddy recently landed the lead part in an upcoming movie. Piper had landed a lead part in “The Opponent.” The movie was scheduled to begin filming in less than a week in Berlin. The arrest could pose a serious problem for Piper if he is not allowed to leave the country.
Piper is part of a large class of pro wrestlers that find it difficult to adjust to life after pro wrestling. Guys like Piper who wrestled in the 70s and 80s lived a life of 24-hour partying and a crazy travel schedule. It has been incredibly difficult for guys like Piper and Ric Flair to turn it off as they get older.
No word on whether Ace will help plan an escape.
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