Rowdy Roddy Piper remembers Chris Benoit
JAN MURPHY - Chinlock.com
Wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper took a moment to discuss late fellow Canadian Chris Benoit this week during promotion for his latest film, Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, which also features The Franchise Shane Douglas, Matt Hardy, Kurt Angle, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and a host of others.
During the interview, Piper recalled his final encounter with the late Benoit, who killed his wife and son, and later himself, in June 2007.
It was shortly before their deaths, Piper said, when he ran into a clearly distraught Benoit while wrestling overseas.
“I loved Chris. I still do,” Piper said.
Recalling the meeting, which Piper said took place roughly a month or so prior to Benoit’s death, “we were overseas and the restaurants and hotels, when we’re overseas, they keep them open 24/7.
“I just walked into a bar and he was sitting alone with his back to the wall and there were just tears, he wasn’t saying anything, there were just tears streaming down his face. And so I just sat down, ‘how you doing?’ He says ‘you want a drink?’ ‘Sure.’ I said ‘let’s go on up, Chris.’ I took him up to his room, tucked him in. I don’t know what else to say about that,’” Piper said, his voice cracking. “He was a good man.”
Piper still regrets not doing more for his friend.
“You know what the problem was? Nobody … nobody reached out, including me … nobody reached out. How many signs can you give?”
“I loved him, for the record.”
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Jan Murphy is the news editor at the Kingston Whig-Standard and has written about wrestling for 15 years. He recently launched Chinlock.com to archive his wrestling stories. You can follow Jan on Twitter at @Jan_Murphy.