Former WCW Producer Recalls Roddy Piper Risking His Life For A Promo

Former WCW producer Neal Pruitt (who was also the voice of the nWo) recently started up a new podcast and recalled a crazy, amusing anecdote about Roddy Piper essentially risking his life to cut a taped promo on Hulk Hogan. You can read all about it below:

"Piper was fired up about [his upcoming match with Hollywood Hogan]. He's so fired up in fact, that he gets on to the front of the ship and hangs on to the mast. He's saying 'Hogan, I'm comin' to get you! It's just a matter of hours until we see each other face-to-face in the ring!' We videotaped that part, and then he looks at us and goes, 'Neal, I don't know, I didn't like it'. At that time, the captain of the ship comes up [and goes], 'what in the hell are you doin', hangin' off that mast? That mast could have easily broken off! Don't you know how old these ships are? If you would have fallen down in that water, it's about 60 degrees. You wouldn't last but a couple minutes!'

[Now] if you're standing there - on Alcatraz - and you're looking at the water, it is rushing away from San Francisco towards the golden gate bridge...where all the sharks are waiting for you. I can see why about nobody escaped from Alcatraz. Piper goes, 'Neal, I really think we need to do that again'.

[So] I had to go knock on the [captain's] door, and say 'captain, can you come out here a second?' I said, 'ok Piper, here's the situation. You're saying that you wanna do another take. The captain has just told us that if you fall overboard, and you go into that water, you could die in a matter of minutes. There's no turning this boat around very easily to get you back. You're willing to take that risk to get a better take?' We pointed the camera at Piper and he said, 'yep, I am'.

The captain just looked at us like, 'you guys are nuts'."

Credit: Wrestling Inc. for the transcribed audio

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