After recently reading “Rowdy: The Roddy Piper Story,” the definitive biography on pro wrestling’s greatest villain, I checked my inbox and got a chill.
A new Roddy Piper interview is out, conducted by David Sinnott, director of the 2016 documentary “Nine Legends”. If you haven’t checked that out, I highly recommend it. Sinnot interviews Chris Jericho, Goldberg, Bret Hart, Rob Van Dam, Ted DiBiase, Lita, Dynamite Kid, Randy Couture and Mike Tyson, all of whom open up about their careers and personal lives in unprecedented fashion. The variety of legends, all with different backgrounds from the chaos of ECW to the Hulkamania glory days to the Octagon, provides a cornucopia of perspective and something for every fan.
Last October, Sinnott released a companion piece to “Nine Legends,” a two-hour commentary track featuring interviews with nine more special guests: Diamond Dallas Page, Ken Shamrock, Mark “Rollerball” Rocco, “Beyond the Mat” director Barry Blaustein, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host Robin Leach, Atlanta horror host Shane Morton, Las Vegas Boxing Hall of Fame CEO Steve Lott, “Wrestling with Shadows” director Paul Jay and Rolling Stone writer Kenny Herzog.
Now Sinnot has released “Roddy Piper: In His Own Words,” a never-before-seen, lengthy interview covering HotRod’s incredible career. “This project meant a lot to me to put together,” Sinnott said. “I have fond memories of working with Piper on another project and it didn’t sit well with me that so much great footage was locked away in a vault. I recall his daughter was present for the entirety of our film shoot and it was clearly evident that he was a decent family man. It was important for me to connect with Roddy’s wife, Kitty Toombs, for input on this project.”
A percentage of all the film’s sales go to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, which had a special place in Piper’s heart.
“Roddy saw first hand during his decades in Portland, Oregon the groundbreaking, good work being done at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital,” said Kitty Toombs, Piper’s widow. “Throughout the years, he loved giving time volunteering as a celebrity during fundraisers but even more so, just stopping by to roam the halls and chat with the children. He shared with his family how those kids were the real heroes and what they gave him was far more than they ever realized.”
“Roddy Piper: In His Own Words” is available to stream now at www.ninelegendsfilm.com for $7.99, which also includes access to “Nine Legends” and the commentary track expansion pack.