There’s a new wrestling league out to steal the WWE’s thunder, and All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has landed the daughter of one of pro wrestling’s most iconic personalities.
AEW will broadcast matches on the U.S. TNT channel this fall, with the new wrestling outfit under the leadership of former WWE wrestler Cody Rhodes, son of wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes.
According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Teal Piper — daughter of the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper — will be participating in AEW’s Casino Battle Royale match during the pre-show for its upcoming All Out event on Aug. 31.
The announcement that Piper, 34, will be competing in the match came in the latest episode of “Road to All Out”, with AEW chief brand officer Brandi Rhodes revealing that this year’s battle royale will feature all female participants. The winner will receive a shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship, with AEW’s first female champion to be crowned during the league’s TNT debut in October.
In the video (below), Teal opens up about what it was like to grow up as the daughter of Roddy Piper, admitting that entering the wrestling ring is a way for her to maintain her connection to her father, who passed away in 2015 at age 61.
Meanwhile, TMZ Sports caught up with Piper (real name: Ariel Teal Toombs), and she confesses she finds it “heartbreaking” that her father won’t be able to see her compete.
“A million percent regret not taking this opportunity before,” she says. “It is very heartbreaking, and very nostalgic and intense feeling being in this world without him.”
Piper admits that her father would have had mixed feelings about her decision to pursue a career in pro wrestling.
“I think my dad would be very excited for me. He’s always been so supportive of the stuff I do,” she says. “But, on the flip side of that, he’s always kept me far away from wrestling. He was always worried about the heat he would get as a heel, the fans in the industry, so he kept me and my sister, specifically, in a bubble.”