Bill Alfonso, a former WWE referee, has recounted the terrifying time that former Intercontinental Champion ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper was stabbed during a live event.
WWE Hall Of Famer Roddy Piper built a career for himself as one of the most hated villains of all time before he even joined WWE. Once with the company he became a legend for a number of reasons, including hosting his infamous ‘Piper’s Pit’ segment as well as main eventing the first WrestleMania, where he teamed with Paul Orndorff to take on Hulk Hogan and Mr T.
Before reaching that inaugural match at ‘The Showcase Of The Immortals’, Roddy Piper entered a feud with Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat where he would get himself disqualified rather than being subject to a more decisive decision, becoming a way to incite the crowd further.
Speaking to WSI’s James Romero, legendary wrestling personality and former WWE referee Bill Alfonso discussed the time that one member of the audience got so annoyed with Piper that he took out a knife and stabbed him.
[The fan] pulled out a little pocket knife and stabbed Roddy Piper right in the gut. That was pretty f*cking heavy. It didn’t cause a lot of damage. Thank God it was a little pocket knife, a little case-knife about that big [points fingers to the camera], so that was quite eye-opening.
Whilst the situation was scary, it didn’t curtail Roddy Piper’s career and he went on to make a full recovery, including becoming Intercontinental Champion when he defeated The Mountie for the belt at Royal Rumble 1992 in New York. Piper was inducted in to the WWE Hall Of Fame in the Class Of 2005.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.