Sad, Sad Day: WWE Hall Of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper May Be Gone Soon

Joe Burgett @JoEburGett_WESenior Writer IIIOctober 7, 2009

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Pro wrestler Roddy Piper arrives at the premiere of Fox Searchlight's 'The Wrestler'  held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on December 16, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

When a guy such as myself reads something involving news, I expect to read backstage stuff or possibly a spoiler. But, I am sorry to say I don't have that for you today, but some news that may not be fun to read.

It has been reported over the past few days that WWE Hall of Famer "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had been pulling out of events citing serious illness.  No one, not even Piper really knew what was wrong.

This led to a trip to the doctor, but he didn't leave with a smile. It is being rumored that he found out that his cancer had returned, and it is expected to be terminal.  This means Piper may not be living much longer.

In November of 2006, Piper was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma after doctors found a cancerous tumor on a disk in his spine.

He was with the WWE at the time he found out, and the hardest part about it was that he was currently touring Europe with them. So, he had to leave their tour and return to North America to undergo surgery. Afterward, he went through a lot of radiation treatment while spending time in the hospital.

He eventually beat the cancer, as it disappeared after all of his fighting.  But, now with the return, it seems to have come back stronger than ever.

Historically, Hodgkin's Lymphoma has a low percentage of being beaten, especially by men in their 50s. But it has an even lower percentage in people whose cancer returned. Beating cancer twice would be great to see from Piper, but it doesn't look likely this time around.

It is being reported from a very good source that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has told the WWE Creative team to be prepared to cut a few segments on RAW next week, as he would like to do a video tribute in Piper's honor if Piper were to pass away this week.

There is talk of having a tribute to Piper the whole night the way they did with Eddie Guerrero, but I wouldn't be holding my breath. Eddie was still a member of the WWE's roster when he passed away, Piper is not.

Piper is 55 years of age, and has done a lot in his time with the WWE and wrestling period.

We last saw him this past year at Wrestlemania 25 when he took on Chris Jericho with his tag partners Ricky Steamboat and Jimmy Snuka, which was great to see, seeing as he was in the first Wrestlemania.

I sincerely hope that we will see him again in the WWE, as I know Piper has the fight in him to beat cancer. He did it before, so he has the playbook. 

It is going to be against all odds, but he has all of the wrestling fans support behind him cheering him on as if he were wrestling once again.


(Since the reporting of this "rumor", it was confirmed Piper's cancer had not returned. But there is always a little truth in every rumor, so don't discredit everything you read on Piper now or in the future.)