During the latest edition of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s “Piper’s Pit” podcast, the WWE Hall Of Famer told a story about the time Ronda Rousey called him and asked his permission to use the “Rowdy” nickname.
While talking to UFC founder Art Davie on the latest edition of his weekly PodcastOne.com show, “The Hot Rod” spoke about his respect and admiration for the face of Women’s MMA, revealing the details of a phone call the two once had where she revealed her intentions to use the “Rowdy” name.
“She did. She called me and asked permission,” said Piper. “She was so sweet. She said, ‘I promise I won’t let you down. I’ll keep the name in the esteem that it’s supposed to be.'”
Piper continued, “And then she put on a little “Hot Rod” t-shirt and kind of a little kilt, dress kind of thing and took some publicity pictures.”
Piper went on to call Rousey one of the biggest stars in the sport today and also talked about how they have “Judo” Gene LeBell in common as a mentor.
“Rowdy” Ronda makes the next defense of her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship against Cat Zingano in the co-main event of UFC 184, which takes place on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.