Roddy Piper in hospital, wrestling star says: 'I broke my neck!'
Wrestling star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper recently broke his neck and is set to undergo surgery and spend the next few days recovering in a Los Angeles hospital.
"At the time I was doing Fantasy Factory And WWE Access, I BROKE MY NECK! But I didn't know it!" the 57-year-old Canadian WWE Hall of Famer, known for his trademark Scottish kilt and bagpipe intro music, said on his Twitter page on Monday, September 12.
Piper had filmed an episode of the MTV show "Fantasy Factory," which saw him training main star Rob Dyrdek and wrestling with him at a tag team charity match during the WWE event WrestleMania XXVII. The episode aired in May.
Piper, known for his sense of humor, appeared to take the news of his injury in stride and detailed his doctors' medical plan of action, saying they were "going to shave my hair, slash neck open, and take a chisel and hammer to my neck bones. Waiting 4 God to send Locusts."
"There's a bright side of geting neck cut off," he said. "You get to wear bumless house coats. Great jello....help me out here! GOT TO GO AND GET CUT NOW! THERE USING ALL THE SMARTS THEY HAVE AT UCLA. I SAY, BRING IT ON!! CUT DEEP!! I'M NOT AFRAID ONE BIT!!!"
Wrestling is a common cause of cervical fractures, which are usually treated with braces or surgery or both. Piper said he is expected to remain in the hospital for 10 days.
Like many wrestlers who have sustained multiple injuries throughout their careers, Piper suffers from chronic pain.
"I hurt all the time," he said. "I just thought the neck injury will go away. But after couple months my neck is hurting worse. No sleep from pain. So I go to best Doctors in Country. When Doc saw the MRI's, he went into the 911 attitude fast."
Piper, whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, has three daughters and a son with his wife Kitty. He spends his time in Canada, Oregon and Los Angeles.
The wrestler, also known as "Hot Rod," was most famous in the 1980s and 1990s, when he was a World Wrestling Federation (WWF) star alongside the likes of Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan, who underwent back surgery last year. Piper also hosted the TV segment "Piper's Pit."
Piper later joined World Championship Wrestling and ended up, like most other wrestling stars, at World Wrestling Entertainment. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.
Piper has in recent years appeared at wrestling events. He has also taken up stand-up comedy and can often be seen on stage at the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Notable wrestlers who have been spotted with him include Hart and Sgt. Slaughter.
On stage, Piper often recalls stories of his time in the professional wrestling world, including experiences with his good friend Andre the Giant, who died in a 1993 at age 46 and is also known for his role in the 1987 film "The Princess Bride."
Piper has also appeared in films - mostly action flicks, and on episodes of shows such as "Walker, Texas Ranger."
UPDATE on Tuesday, September 13: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has undergone his neck surgery and is now recovering.
When I can walk better going to the kids cancer ward," Piper added. "Bravest people in the world. Will be in Orlando in 3.5 weeks. Also have a surprize for all of you. In 4 weeks. Your going to love it! Hot Rod." Check out the episode of MTV's "Fantasy Factory" that shows Roddy Piper wrestling with Rob Dydrek below.