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Roddy Piper started a memoir about his life and career in pro wrestling before he died in July 2015.
Now, his children, Ariel and Colt, have completed the memoir and a biography is scheduled to be released on October 4.
Penguin Random House is releasing “Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story” featuring Piper’s story as told by himself and then his family.
According to a press release, Rowdy reveals “little-known secrets about Piper” and sheds light on the following:
How he turned a sport into mass entertainment that reaped billions
What it was like to step into “Piper’s Pit”
His extraordinary tolerance for pain
How he brawled outside the ring his whole life
What kind of code he lived by — in and out of the ring
What Roddy was like as a friend and father
How he continued to wrestle despite the toll of addiction on his battered body
How his character and image channeled the seething rage born in his violent youth
Rowdy also dishes on how Piper:
Earned his stage name and became a master of character assassination
Tussled with Muhammad Ali and filmed a fight scene with Henry Winkler
Was almost killed by a drug gang in his youth when he was a pot dealer
Suffered a broken nose in a fight that gave him a $25 payday—much to his satisfaction
In the ’70s and ’80s often wrestled two matches a day, sometimes in different countries
Was kicked out of Japan just prior to joining the WWF/WWE
Once battled a bear by hand – with honey stuck to his shorts, unbeknownst to him
Nearly was killed by angry fans in Los Angeles and Juarez, Mexico, amongst other places
Learned he had cancer only because he had broken his back in the ring