“Rowdy” Roddy Piper‘s daughter is following in the footsteps of her legendary father — becoming a professional wrestler — and her only regret is he isn’t here to watch her perform.
TMZ Sports talked to Teal Piper (real name Ariel Teal Toombs) … who at 34 years old will make her wrestling debut for AEW on August 31.
“A million percent regret not taking this opportunity before,” … Piper told us … adding, “It is very heartbreaking, and very nostalgic and intense feeling being in this world without him.”
Roddy unexpectedly passed away back in July 2015 … at the age of 61.
Teal says her dad woulda been pumped about her gettin’ in the biz … but also protective over his daughter.
“I think my dad would be very excited for me. He’s always been so supportive of the stuff I do.”
“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.”
Piper’s in the deep end now … ’cause her first match is a 21-woman Casino Battle Royal — with the winner getting a title shot.