“Mean” Gene Okerlund spoke with WWE broadcast member Scott Stanford about the passing of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper during a radio appearance on PIX11 in New York City last night. Below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On his reaction when he got the news about Piper’s passing: “Oh my god… totally devastated because Scott, this is the third in a row for me in the last six and a half weeks. First of course Verne Gagne, secondly a few weeks back we lost “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. This one hits hard like the other two, and all of the guys we’ve lost in recent years.”
On something we will always remember about “The Hot Rod”: “I think the one thing that’s going to be a big part of his legacy, he kind of sheltered his family from the business, at least until recently. He was a very good father. He had a son Colt and three daughters, and a lovely young lady by the name of Kitty, his wife and only wife. We hear about a lot of relationships going south in a big hurry but Roddy was very tight and loved his family dearly.”