R.I.P. Rowdy One R.I.P. Rowdy One
WWE wrestling is in a rut nowadays. If it hadn’t been for CM Punk, Brock Lesnar and Sasha Banks I would have quit on... R.I.P. Rowdy One

WWE wrestling is in a rut nowadays. If it hadn’t been for CM Punk, Brock Lesnar and Sasha Banks I would have quit on WWE. However, there was a time that WWE wrestling used to be cool. That was when it was still called WWF and it was in the 80s.

Hulk Hogan gets the credits for making wrestling mainstream in the 80s, but the truth is he didn’t do it alone. This brings me to the person who was just as important for the wrestling boom in the 80s: Rowdy Roddy Piper.

I can’t believe he passed away yesterday. That was quite sad news to read. He died in his sleep of a  heart attack. He was only 61 years old.

To me Piper was one of the greatest heels (bad guys) in wrestling history. I think he influenced a lot of people on how to be a heel.  He was funny, he was obnoxious, he was evil, he could talk and he was tough. I don’t know if he was the first to have his own talking segment, but his talking segment Piper’s Pit set the standard for talking segments. He had many Piper’s Pits, but one his Piper’s Pits became legendary, because of a line that is quoted even today. “Just when they think they got the answers, I change the questions.”

Here is that infamous Piper’s Pit.

My favorite Piper’s Pit are the following two.

Piper did all kinds of heelish acts. I didn’t agree with all of them like the coconut incident with Jimmy Snuka, whipping Mr T with a belt while Cowboy Bob Orton was holding Mr T down and shaving Haiti Kid’s hair. But… I guess, that’s why he was the bad guy.

One thing I did like a lot was the MTV award he gave to Captain Lou Albano.

Of course, the most unforgettable thing Piper did was main eventing the first Wrestle Mania in a tag team match. Everybody wanted to see Piper get his comeuppance from Hogan and Mr T.
I can’t imagine that first Wrestle Mania would have been a success had Piper not been there.

And who remembers the feud he had with Adrian Adonis? Piper was not a heel there, but an inbetweener, a.k.a someone you can’t classify as a bad guy or a good guy.

Here is Piper being pissed off after being attacked by Adonis and betrayed by Cowboy Bob Orton.

As mentioned before Piper was an obnoxious heel too. Check out this promo. (Sorry for the bad sound quality).

I could list all kinds of things that were Piper cool. He had a lot of matches and one match I really liked and that was his brawling match against Orndorff during a Saturday Night’s Main Event. Storyline-wise those guys just didn’t like each other and it showed in the match. You don’t see matches like this anymore these days.

In 1987 Piper retired. He was going to Hollywood. In 1988 he starred in the John Carpenter cult classic They Live. I don’t know if the bubblegum line was his creation, but everyone who saw the movie knows the line.

In 1989 Piper returned for a legendary Piper’s Pit at Wrestle Mania V. Morton Downey Jr was the victim. He was a good guy again. From there on he got into a feud with Rick Rude, Bad News Brown and Flair. He also won the Intercontinental championship.

In 1994 he had a feud with Lawler and in 1996 he faced the most controversial wrestler at that time, Goldust. Then he left the company.

Little did I know that I would get a big mark out moment in WCW. The NWO was running roughshod over everyone until Piper was there to confront them. To me that was such a magic moment. It seems as if everything came full circle from Wrestle Mania 1.

Piper remained in WCW until WCW folded. Then he had various appearances in WWE and TNA.
There is so much to mention about what he did, but he will forever be remembered as the guy you loved to hate and the guy who made wrestling in the 80s a lot of fun. And, without Piper, there would not be a Hulkamania.

R.I.P. Rowdy Roddy Piper. Thank you for the great memories. You were one of the greatest, a legend and one of the reasons why I became a wrestling fan.

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  • Good one, Bop. Love the clips. A good glimpse to the man’s career

  • KilliK

    Piper has said that he came up with the line, he was collecting in a notebook all the cool, macho lines he was hearing during his fights.

  • Bop

    Cool.

  • Bop

    Thanks, mang,

  • KilliK

    of course, the real tragedy (or comedy) here, is that many Americans believe that american professional wrestling is a real sports and not a staged show…

  • Dr. Geiszler, Kaijuologist

    Good job, Bop.

  • Bop

    Thanks, Dr Rones.

  • Stalkeye

    That’s the way to do a eulogy, Brotha Bop!

    i remember Piper calling Mr.T a Monkey but that was typical of the politically incorrect WWF. LOL And who would think that he became the lead in a cult classic like They Live?

    Rest in Piece Pipe .

  • Stalkeye

  • CoolHandJuke

    so you’re telling me that there’s NOT an undead mortician who lost a 20 year streak of victories to a former UFC champion? i don’t know what to believe any more. also, while it may be scripted and choreographed, when guys like Cena get their nose moved from one side of their face to the other and still finish the match, they earn my respect, same for triple h basically stripping the muscle of his leg bone years ago…

  • Bop

    Thanks, bro. I hope I did Piper a bit of justice.

    But you know what’s nasty? It seems that Stone Cold Wifebeater got Piper’s podcasts removed after Piper did a spoof with Will Sasso and WWE cancelled Piper’s Legends contract. This all happened in one week a few weeks ago. It makes me think that that shook up Piper quite a bit. Not very professional of that wifebeater.

  • Bop

    I fucking love Dr. D. if this incident didn’t happen he would have been a WWE legend.

  • Oh, that sounds bad

  • Bop

    It’s fucking bad. Austin threw his weight around and it wasn’t necessary at all.

  • Piper in heaven

  • Stalkeye

    Austin’s a Dick!
    That being said, I took Missus Stalks to see Trainwreck and that it practically was. Amy Schuler is as funny as She is pretty. (OUCH!)
    The only saving grace from that RomCom, was Lebron, Bill Hader and especially John Cena. Holy Shit, this guy was damn Hysterical especially during the theater scene. His acting career may have bumped a notch.

  • Stalkeye

    That clip shocked the hell outta me. Damn, that hadda hurt!!
    “That was an open hand Slap, you think it’s fake” *SMMMAAACCKK”!!

  • Bop

    For protecting the business McMahon should have Dr D on the payroll forever.

    And those smacks were definitely not fake.

  • Bop

    John Cena is funny, but in the WWE he must play the role model.

    As for Amy Schuler. I never saw a movie with her and she doesn’t strike me as a funny woman at all.

  • Stalkeye

    I felt it all the way from my TV when I first saw/heard that Pimpslap.

  • Stalkeye
  • Bop

    Uffa.

  • Stalkeye

    I thought so. XD XD XD

  • Tarmac492.1

    Great article mang. Next one wil l be happier. That being said, what abouut Bob Backlund? Is SD Jones still alive?

  • Tarmac492.1

    only the ones that marry their sister in the backyard next to the junker on cinder blocks. We have alot of people here, so I am ok with the percentage.

  • Bop

    It’s Mr Bob Backlund, Tarmac. 🙂
    SD Jones is unfortunately not alive. He will always be the ultimate wrestling underdog, though.