Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper: The 7’0 WWE Wrestler’s Backstage Feud With Piper!

Backstage Clash: Rowdy Piper Vs Kevin Nash

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During the height of the Monday Night Wars, a rift was growing backstage in WCW, leading to a real-life dispute between 7’0", 300lbs Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper. As you’ll soon discover, Piper wasn’t called "Rowdy" for nothing!

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Roddy Piper and Kevin Nash Fight

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In the wrestling business, stories are often skewed to fit the narrative that benefits whoever tells the story. In this case, Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper have told very different versions of what happened that night.

A bit of backstory:

A 6-man match was planned for May 18, 1997’s Slamboree pay-per-view in Charlotte, North Carolina, pitting the nWo’s Wolfpac members Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Syxx (Sean Waltman) against Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, and NFL great Kevin Greene.

Leading up to the match, there was much disagreement over who would go over and Waltman’s inclusion in the match.

Flair and company were booked to lose, which did not sit well with Piper, particularly because the match occurred in "Flair Country."

Flair also felt Waltman wasn’t big enough a star to be in the match in the first place.

This rubbed the nWo guys the wrong way as Waltman was considered the worker of the group who could go out there and take big bumps in the match.

The nWo had creative control over storylines and how the business was handled inside and outside the ring. This didn’t sit well with many in the back.

Continuing The Backstory

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At the same time, Piper also had creative control over his contract, allowing him to refuse to lose any match of his choosing.

This muddled things up and caused much dissension between the two groups leading to an altercation between 7’0", 300lbs Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper.

"Kevin Nash and I got into it, and he lied too!" Piper began in an episode of his podcast, "Piper’s Pit."

"This was backstage politics. [The nWo guys] were trying to run roughshod on the people that own the business.

“We had a horrible match, and [Nash] didn’t know how to work. He didn’t know how to wrestle. Good basketball player, maybe, but I don’t know, he didn’t make a living there either…"

When the Ring Plan Went Rogue

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Before the match took place, both groups got together to plan how things would play out in the ring. The idea was that they’d get heat on Piper leading to a hot tag to Flair, who would then clean house. A post-match brawl would commence thereafter.

"We sat in the back with [Piper] and Ric and said, ‘No matter what we do tonight, we can’t start this angle. We can’t start the match hot as we’ll have nowhere to go when we go to Moline for the pay-per-view,’" Nash explains.

"So we all agreed, and we kind of got an idea of what we were going to do. When we [went out for the match], Piper attacked. It was the exact opposite thing we discussed. I tried to cut him off and throw him outside, but he wouldn’t sell anything I was doing."

Flair, Piper, and Greene ultimately won the match but not without problems. Piper appeared to have abandoned the plan, which did not sit well with Nash.

After The Match Gone Rouge

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"I came to my dressing room [after the match]," Piper explains.

"I was maybe fifteen feet from the door. Flair is in there, and Bischoff is in there. I’m just kind of getting my feet up on a bench and taking my laces out.

“All of a sudden, the whole door comes kicked in, and [Nash] is standing in the doorway saying, ‘What? You think you’re running things around here?’

“I stopped. Nobody had an answer for him. So I got up, charged him, leg-dived him, and threw him out of my dressing room!"

Piper stated that several people broke them apart and carried Nash away.

"Nash was being taken away, and he was pointing to me because I was set to fight him at the next pay-per-view [WCW Great American Bash] in Moline. He goes, ‘Moline! I’ll see you in Moline!’"

Kevin Nash Tells His Side Of The Story

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Kevin Nash tells a completely different version of the events, a version that doesn’t include being leg-dived and thrown out of the dressing room.

According to Nash, he attacked Piper after Roddy jumped up out of his seat in the locker room. Nash said he anticipated that Piper would go in for the attack, so he pie-faced him with an open hand palm, but Piper did nothing because he didn’t want any part of Nash.

"It turned into a cluster****," Nash described, "and when we got in the back, I was in the locker room and Hogan stirred me, and I went in there just to confront [Roddy] like, ‘What the **** were you thinking?’"

Nash continued, "Roddy jumped up like he was going to come at me, so I just openhand smacked him. I just smacked him, and that was it. I knocked him down, and he didn’t want nothing to do with me."

According to Piper, Nash’s version of the story was false.

The Great American Bash pay-per-view took place a few weeks later, on June 15, 1997, in Moline, Illinois, where Nash and Hall would defeat Flair and Piper.

Everyone was professional in the match, and no further altercations occurred. After this PPV, Piper moved on to different storylines and was kept away from Nash.

A Twitter War Reignites a Feud from Seventeen Years Before

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Seventeen years later, you would think bygones would long have become bygones, but that was not the case, far from it.

Roddy Piper had a popular podcast going called "Piper’s Pit," where he made the quotes referenced above. Nash had heard about Piper’s comments on the show, so he took to Twitter in April of 2014 to address them.

Here are Nash’s comments in full, grammar and spelling errors and all (H/T:

“Piper is a deranged old fool. He got ***** slapped to the floor. Hulk, Pac, Scott, and Eric were in the room. Let it go, Rod. Podcast invite?”

“When you strike a see fear in his face at my size you realize your playing the bully. I was bullied as a 6-10 212 pound 14 year old.”

“You’re a ***** and a liar. I had respect for you but no more. I smacked your ***** *** to the grown. Never come around me ****.”

“Not shooting an angle. Have had his tweets sent to me. Can’t take the high road with a *****. Wanted to give respect now deal with me.”

Nash Calls Out Piper: “Put Me On His Pod Cast”

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“Hot Rod can have me on his pod cast. It’s that easy.”

“Was his podcast hacked. This dude knows he’s off my radar my boys aren’t.”

“Want to play this game thur or follow me for a way out. Sorry I tell the truth. You got ******* slapped. See you in Moline!”

“My crew said thew cut off some heads. I hope it was haters. Now their saying Piper has dementia. Your running a pod cast let me remind you.”

“Do you respond when a man says your a liar and a ****? Or go on in your fantasy world? Don’t stand within 10ft of me *****.”

“Just take care of the situation Detroit style. Night twitter.”

Piper Responds But Nash Doesn’t Back Down

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Piper would respond, "Don’t degrade your status with such language! There’s kids on here! Have some class! Your welcome on my Podcast!"

Nash followed up by responding with, "Set it up. Follow me we’ll exchange numbers. There’s a whole lot more for you to worry about on Twitter than bad LANGUAGE. Don’t degade your status with stories of you ever standing up to me. Your the coward. Saw it in you eyes when I smacked you."

Sean Provides Insight Into the Locker Room Incident

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Sean Waltman, who had been present when the altercation occurred, also chimed in on Twitter.

“On the life of my children Roddy is bold face lying & I hate to say that, because I love Roddy. You (Nash) kicked the door in and everyone ****. Flair was more concerned about it not having to do with him.”

“The Bodyguard tried to get between you. You said something to him and he stepped aside. Then you proceeded to open hand slap Roddy, because he was out of place and went into business for himself, causing you to re-injure your knee.”

“I remember one second you were in the locker room [upset]. The next sec causing you to re-injure your knee in all that cluster****.”

Sean Waltman Sets the Record Straight

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“I’ll give him credit for a nice leg sweep that came up a it short. He called you a liar over your description of the incident. No one wanted a piece.”

“Way to back up your wing man Naitch 😉 There were only 3 of us. We were outnumbered if you count the bodyguard.”

“I just heard the podcast and it was an out and out lie. Can’t believe from Roddy. Hopefully it’s a memory issue and not pride. I know Kev’s still hot, but let it go Big D. He knows what happened and that’s the real of it.”

“And Kev let that go yrs ago. Brought Roddy and his son to our tour of Aruba. We had a great time. Whatever need Roddy has to perpetuate his image as one though SOB is not going to be tarnished by that incident. Your still Rough Roddy.”


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In the April 20, 2014 edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote of the incident after things kicked off on Twitter between Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper.

"The gist of the story is that there was a backstage incident where Nash got into it with Piper," Meltzer began.

"Piper’s bodyguard (who appeared on Nitro for a short period of time as his sidekick) decided at the moment he didn’t want to be a bodyguard anymore.”

“I don’t know Piper well at all, but I did speak with him, and even years later, he brought it up out of nowhere and was very bitter about the incident.”

“I think he brought it up on his podcast, or somewhere, in the last few days, but in telling the story, he may have told it in a way that was more favorable to how he did in the skirmish. Nash’s version was pretty much how I heard it the next day."

From Twitter Feuds to Unlikely Friendship

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Piper was very upset by what Nash said and couldn’t believe things escalated to the point they did on Twitter.

Both men talked on the phone a day after Nash’s tweets went out and made plans to make money together by sharing the real story on Piper’s podcast.

Nash never did appear on Roddy’s show.

With Age Comes Wisdom: Kevin Nash and Roddy Piper’s Rollercoaster Journey!

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According to Kevin Nash, despite never sitting down to discuss what had happened, he and Piper became friends before Roddy passed away on July 31, 2015.

Nash has since said in interviews that he is sorry for slapping Piper, saying that you are never supposed to hit a legend and that he was too busy at the time trying to be a young wolf marking his territory to show the proper respect.

Rick Rude: A Ravishing Man with a Tragic End

Rick Rude was more than "Ravishing."
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“He refused to budge.”

Rick Rude was a unique, once-in-a-lifetime kind of wrestler. He went by the nickname “Ravishing” — and rightfully so. He had a solid moveset, great looks, and unbridled arrogance with the in-ring skill to back it up. He played hard in the ring but even harder out of it.

Learn his tragic story.

Mr Perfect Curt Hennig – A Great Life with an Unfortunate End

On camera, Curt Hennig was arrogant, and he backed up his Mr. Perfect persona brilliantly. However, outside of the ring, it was a different story. Here is the story of an extraordinary life with an unfortunate end.

On camera, Curt Hennig was arrogant, and he backed up his Mr. Perfect persona brilliantly. However, outside of the ring, it was a different story.

Learn the story of an extraordinary life with an unfortunate end.

Doink The Clown – A Troubled Life For the Man Behind the Paint

The legacy of Matt Borne, who played the role of the first Doink the Clown in the WWF, is a little complicated.

Doink the Clown found fame in early 1990s WWE, but there was, unfortunately, trouble along the way for Matt Borne, the man behind the paint.

Read Doink The Clown – A Troubled Life For the Man Behind the Paint

Secret Life and Tragic Passing of WWE Wrestler “Crush” Brian Adams

Wrestler Brian Adams as Kona Crush at ‎April 4th, 1993's WrestleMania 9 pay-per-view at ‎‎Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Hailing from Kona, Hawaii, “Crush” Brian Adams was a dominant force who underwent many striking transformations over his 17-year career.

After retiring from the ring, he worked as a bodyguard for “Macho Man” Randy Savage and was excited about opening a fitness spa alongside Marc Mero in Florida. Instead, sadly, tragedy struck.

Read “Shaka, Brah!” – The Tragic Tale of ‘Crush’ Brian Adams

Owen Hart’s Death: What Really Happened, From Those There

RIP Owen Hart (1965-1999).

VINCE McMAHON: “Earlier that day, I was shocked and surprised by what Owen said.”

On May 23rd, 1999, the wrestling world mourned the loss of Owen Hart. People behind the scenes on this unthinkable day reflect on the tragedy, answering the all-important questions.

Learn more in Owen Hart’s Death: What Really Happened, From Those There

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