Report: WWE wanted OJ Simpson to wrestle Roddy Piper at WrestleMania XII
WWE’s Vince McMahon is widely considered to be one of the most outlandish and unpredictable figures in both sports and sports entertainment. So it isn’t surprising that McMahon’s company reportedly attempted to schedule the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper to wrestle former NFL running back and the now infamous O.J. Simpson at WrestleMania XII in 1996, a year after his acquittal on murder charges.
“The original plan was for O.J. Simpson to have a match at WrestleMania against the Hot Rod,” said former WWE manager and producer Bruce Prichard of the Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard podcast. “I remember calling Roddy and pitching Roddy the idea, which he was for. We had had preliminary talks with O.J. Simpson’s people, who at that point, were looking for anything that had a paycheck attached to it. We floated the idea out there, we did talk to O.J.’s people, I talked to Piper about it, Piper was on board. We were bringing him back in to get involved. If you go back, in the early time of Piper’s re-emergence (with the WWF), he does make comments about O.J. Simpson. He makes comments about right and wrong in America and ‘what’s going on and that he’s here to make things right in the WWF. The end game to that was going to be the one off and have Piper beat the (expletive) out of O.J.Simpson at WrestleMania in Anaheim, California.”
Not done there, Prichard mentioned that some fans would have loved to see Simpson take a loss against Piper, which initially drummed up the idea, or so it appears.
“We thought the end game of O.J. getting the (expletive) kicked out of him would satisfy some people,” added Prichard. “As those words come out of my mouth, you realize how ridiculous this is today. But you always have to try something on even if it sounds ridiculous.”