R.I.P., our thoughts and prayers go out to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and his family. The legendary professional wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer passed away last Friday at 61 - far too early. In honor of Piper, Ronda Rousey dedicated her fight (in which she thoroughly dominated once again, by the way) to "Rowdy," whose alliterative nickname she has used for herself during her prolific and undefeated career.
Piper and Rousey were friends, and Piper graciously allowed Rousey to use his nickname, "Rowdy." Some would argue that he saw something of himself in her, and that mutual respect shined through this past weekend.
Check out Rousey's Instagram post from before the fight.
"Thank you for the name.... And so much more.... Will do it justice and do you proud tomorrow.... This one's for you Roddy...."
Let's just say she held her own in the Octagon. She won her fight by knock-out in 34 seconds. That's not a very long time. I mean, you can't get much done in 34 seconds. If you only spent 34 seconds brushing your teeth you didn't do a very good job. You should probably re-brush. It takes at least a minute. But Rousey knocked out her opponent, Bethe Correia, in half the time it takes you or me to complete proper mouth maintenance.
After the fight, Rousey had this to say:
“I just want to say that we lost a really close friend, Rowdy Roddy Piper, who gave me permission to use his name as a fighter. And so I hope him and my dad had a good time watching this today.”
So, not only did she go in and handle her business in the Octagon; she also paid respects to a close friend and someone who a lot of fans of wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts alike love and respect.
Good on you, Ronda. Keep on kicking ass and taking names. I have a feeling the "Rowdy" name is in good hands.