Hall of Famers Ric Flair & Roddy Piper Trade Lives on ABC
WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair and Roddy Piper will trade homes and lives on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap on Sunday, June 30th at 8pm ET. You can check out a press release for the episode below:
"Ric Flair / 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper" – The girlfriend and the wife of two of the biggest former stars of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) swap lives and homes for one week on "Celebrity Wife Swap," Sunday, June 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m., EST) on the ABC Television Network.
Ric Flair, better known to wrestling fans around the world as "The Nature Boy," lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his girlfriend, Wendy, and her four children, Sophia (14), Sebastian (12), Paris (10) and Summer (9). Ric and Wendy live a very lavish and fast-paced lifestyle and enjoy the finer things in life, spending most evenings out on the town where Ric revels in his celebrity and the attention of fans.
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper is one of the WWE's most notorious villains and one of "The Nature Boy's" fiercest competitors. Retired from the ring, Roddy lives with his wife of 30 years, Kitty, daughter Fallon, son Colt and his fiancée, Sarah, on a large piece of land on a mountain in Portland, Oregon. While retired from the business, Roddy's never too far from the sport, spending his days training Colt, who is following in his father's footsteps as a professional wrestler. The Pipers are a close-knit family who enjoy spending time at home together. Kitty is solely responsible for the running of the home, including cooking, cleaning, and caring for the family's animals.
When Kitty, arrives at the Flair home, she's happy to catch up with her old friend, Ric. On the first night of the swap, she gets an immediate taste of Ric's lifestyle when he takes her to a jewelry store and buys her an expensive gift, followed by drinks and dinner out. Kitty finds it hard to keep up with Ric as she watches him mingle with fans, and feels left on the sidelines and alone. When it's time for the rules change, Kitty sits down for a heartfelt talk with Ric that really opens his eyes and puts things into perspective. Meanwhile in Portland, Wendy finds stepping into Kitty's shoes challenging, especially when she tries to cook dinner for the family. When it's time for Wendy to implement her rules change, she tells the Pipers that it's time to get off the mountain and have some fun – specifically having the thrifty Roddy spend money on a family day in town — which Roddy surprisingly enjoys.
In the series, two mothers of celebrity families, each with opposing values, trade households, lifestyles and children (but not bedrooms) in a week-long challenge. In the first part of the exchange, each mom moves into the other's home and agrees to follow a manual of "household rules" written by the departing mother, including: how to parent, manage their social life, do house work, unwind and more. Everything changes in the second half of the week, when "new" mommy" takes charge, introduces her own set of rules and runs the "nest" her way. At the end of the week the two couples meet for the first time. In a raw, honest and highly-charged exchange of views, the couples will make frank assessments of each another and discuss their experiences, having had a very real taste of what life would be like in someone else's family.
HBK Reveals His Thoughts on WWE's Tag Team Division
One of the most iconic names in the history of pro wrestling, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels joined up with the Ministry Of Slam wrestling radio show for an exclusive 60-minute talk. Dubbed the “Iron Man Interview” the hour long chat goes in-depth on Shawn's career, specifically focusing on several notable aspects of his lengthy tenure in wrestling. In this snippet, “The Showstopper” tells MOS his thoughts on recent rumours WWE may be about to put more focus on the tag-team division once again.
“I really don't know (what the future holds for tag-team wrestling)”, Michaels stated. “When we were doing it, there were a lot of talented and very different tag-teams, but I think it might be fair to say that the business is more individually-oriented now. That's why I don't know if things can go back to the way they were, as phenomenal as it was. I also think that when there was a number of different territories, it wasn't a strange thing for the tag-teams to be the main draw. Obviously that's something, perhaps from a business standpoint, people don't think can be a reasonable expectation now, so it's more focused on individuals.”
“Regardless, I think a lot of it comes down to the guys themselves – I think they're more individually focused, and a lot of folks look at being in tags as a stepping stone to get towards an individual career. I know that's something I obviously did, but it was never really the intention at the time. Marty and I of course talked about it, but when he and I got together it was really our first break. That's all we thought about, how we could be the best team possible.”
“As for any resurgence of tag-team wrestling? I really can't say, it's impossible for me to get into the minds of individuals, but I don't know if that's a real focus now with the guys. Not a lot of guys seem to go into tags looking to make that team the absolute best it can be. Whether the company standpoint is that guys have to be individuals in order to be successful, or that comes from the wrestlers themselves, there does seem to be more emphasis on single success now than there was back when I started.”
The full interview is available on a bumper 3-hour edition of MOS Radio, available via Podbean, iTunes and by visiting www.MinistryOfSlam.com. MOS Radio goes LIVE each and every Monday from 9pm GMT/4pm EST, with a special mid-week podcast, “Rewind” looking at a Pay-Per-View from wrestling history. Special, subscription only premium content is available through MOS Elite. Visit the website for more details! Ministry Of Slam; Right Stories, Right Guests, Right Time.