|Glenn Howerton, Roddy Piper, and Rob McElhenney|
Photo via @R_Roddy_Piper
But for me, Piper outside of the ring will always be tied to one of my favorite shows of all-time, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He had a two-episode run as a character known only as Da Maniac, a down-on-his-luck pro wrestler-slash-drifter. The first episode, "The Gang Wrestles for the Troops," is a pantheon serial, but he was damn funny in his repeat appearance at the very end of "Mac and Dennis Buy a Timeshare" as well. His role was like if his WWE persona had been ground into dust by years of not being able to quit the biz until he was a homeless man's Randy the Ram, all with the fucked-up comedic twist that Sunny puts on everything. Yet, for all the absurdity, one line sticks out the most, a heartfelt message delivered from the back of a police cruiser.
I get the feeling that from the bottoms of everyone's heart, the feeling is mutual.