Press release for Flair, Piper on ABC’s ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’
Jun 19, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
RIC FLAIR, RODDY PIPER ON ABC CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP
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., ET) 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 fiancee, 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.
“Celebrity Wife Swap” is produced by Zodiak USA. Bruce Toms and Tony Yates serve as executive producers. The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HD format, with 5.1-channel sound. This program carries a TV-PG,L parental guideline.