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Roddy Piper: The best bad guy

Roddy Piper is dead. There’s so few of his generation left it’s almost surreal to look at the list of his contemporaries that he joins in passing. Of those who headlined throughout the first wrestling “boom” (the Titan Era of the mid-80’s), Piper, it could be argued, was the true MVP. All eyes were on Hogan, and Andre was a natural spectacle, but few have ever elicited a reaction like Hot Rod. The success of the 1980’s WWF was predicated on whether or not WrestleMania 1 would be a success (Vince’s ownership of the company was likely on the line) and while Hulk Hogan was the posterboy for the company, it was Hot Rod that people were paying to see.


They just didn’t realize it because they were too busy dropping dollars to see him get beat.

Do you think WrestleMania 1 would have worked with Paul Orndorff as Hogan’s number-one foe? Would people have filed into the Nassau Colosseum to see Mr. T. in a boxing match versus Adrian Adonis?

There was only one villain with the charisma, quick-wit and raw energy necessary to drive all the action and give the fans something to see. No one’s paying top dollar to watch Hulk Hogan drop a leg on George Steele, but you couldn’t contain the excitement–the “mania”–that erupted whenever Roddy Piper got his comeuppance.

He was such a natural heel, and so convincing too, that he claimed to have been assaulted outside of restaurants, shopping centers and even his house. Of course, he was such a gifted talker, he could cut a promo about being attacked by a polar bear in July and I’d believe it.


Though billed from Scotland, he was actually born Roderick Toombs from Saskatoon Canada (and cousin to Bret Hart). Though his name would be made in the wrestling ring, he actually trained as a boxer, which makes his infamous WrestleMania 2 fiasco with Mr. T. all the more interesting. Not only did he win the Golden Gloves boxing championship, he was also a black belt in Judo. The latter distinction was awarded to him by the man who would train him in the squared circle, famous wrestler Gene LaBell.

The story of his ring name is known by all his fans: Early in his career he waltzed down the ring to the sound of bagpipes and the ring announcer ad-libed the nickname “the piper” when introducing him. Due to the crowd’s shouting, the audience mistakenly heard, not “Roddy the piper” but “Roddy Piper.” The name stuck.

Though occasionally he would work a babyface role, Piper was a natural villain. In the early territory days he would travel all over the western hemisphere, working shows in Canada, the USA and Mexico, but mostly he worked for the L.A. territory of the NWA. It was out west where he first applied the monicker “Rowdy” to his “Roddy Piper” persona, and earned accolades as one of the most hated men in the sport. On one occasion he started a near-riot in Los Angeles (feuding with Chavo Guerrero, Sr., who was beloved by the local hispanic community) by playing “La Cucaracha” on his bagpipes.

He made his way to the southeast and began working with World Championship Wrestling (not the WWF competitor under Turner, but its forefather, previously known as Georgia Championship Wrestling). Though he started out as a heel, circumstances allowed him to test the waters of a face turn. Once he did, he proved his skill in working with an audience for a change, and competed in numerous sold out shows with crowds chanting his name (instead of hurling insults).

Eventually he came to the World Wrestling Federation, on the invitation of Vince McMahon Jr. Vince’s dad had brought Piper in a decade prior but never invited him back. The reason? “Classy” Freddie Blassey stuffed toilet paper in his bagpipes, preventing them from playing while Piper made his entrance. The crowd, for one of the few times in his career, showed little interest in the “Scotsman.”

Things changed by the mid-80’s, however.

Upon entering Vince Jr.’s WWF, Piper immediately made his mark as a villain and a crowd-manipulator. Nagging injuries prevented him from working too many matches, but Piper found other ways to stay in front of the cameras, namely: Piper’s Pit. The interview segment was rare at the time, though wrestling in those days lived and died on in-studio interviews. Piper’s Pit was unique in that the man holding the mic was not a neutral media personality; he was an instigator and agitator, taking as many pot shots at the crowd as he took at his guest. Once Piper was healed up enough to compete full time, the Piper’s Pit segments were used as fodder to kickstart feuds. Most famously was the “coconut” segment that began a years-long rivalry with Jimmy Snuka:

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Watch how he works the crowd into a frenzy, despite saying very little. Once he sets up the scene (Snuka is mad that earlier appearances on the Pit never allowed him opportunity to speak), he repeats the line “you wanna talk, you ain’t sayin’ nothing” over and over, while tossing fruit into the face of Superfly. His relentless badgering was unique to heels, even today. Most villains usually act either cool and macho or weak and cowardly. Few heels are so “angry” at babyfaces. He loved getting in the faces of the WWF’s beloved good guys, getting knocked down, yet never losing his popularity with the crowd because of his brilliant mic work. In all that he did, Piper oozed contempt for the heroes of the WWF, for no other reason than that they were cheered by the audience.

Who better to pair him up against than the biggest hero in all of Pro Wrestling?

He was barely six feet tall. Hogan in those days had four inches on him, easily. He was billed at over 230lbs, but likely only weighed around 220lbs. Hogan was billed at around 300lbs, and likely was around 280lbs in those days. Hogan towered over Piper, but the sheer charisma of Hot Rod, combined with a despicable arrogance put him on Hogan’s level with crowds everywhere they went. Watch their WWF title match on MTV’s “The War to Settle the Score.” The Madison Square Garden crowd was so raucous, the sound is at a steady roar the entire contest. Few ever could get a sustained reaction like that, including Hulk Hogan himself.

Though Vince’s instincts inclined him toward giant opponents for his Heavyweight champion, there was no hotter feud and no better rivalry than Hogan vs Piper. With the first WrestleMania looming, and all of Vince’s financial hopes resting on it, Hogan and Piper (with an assist from Mr. T. and Cindi Lauper) took the supershow on their shoulders and launched the first wrestling boom. These days Hogan and Vince McMahon share in the glory and the credit for WrestleMania 1’s success, but Piper was the critical third element that made that show the beginning of Vince’s empire.


Great wrestlers and wrestling personalities have died in the past few years. Just recently we lost Dusty Rhodes, one of the finest babyfaces ever to wear the boots. Now a great heel is taken from us, and though he was hated for what he did, we’re able to look back on his life and career and appreciate the skill with which he did it.


Outside of the ring, Piper was always a figure of controversy: Never one to avoid spouting off on a subject or sugar coat his opinions, Piper—like many greats of his era—lived the gimmick. He was a brash, loud-mouth bad guy and he played one on TV too. Loved ones and friends who knew him personally spoke of his gentle heart and kindness, his willingness to help those who needed it and his mentoring of wrestlers in training. But when the cameras were rolling there was no one more eager to make you hate him than Rowdy Roddy Piper.

And that’s how we’ll remember him. As the best bad guy wrestling has ever seen. We booed his every arrival, and now we weep at his final departure.

So long.

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Floyd to face Berto next

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Floyd Mayweather will big to make it 49 wins and no defeats as a pro against Andre Berto in Vegas

Floyd Mayweather will big to make it 49 wins and no defeats as a pro against Andre Berto in Vegas

Floyd Mayweather will big to make it 49 wins and no defeats as a pro against Andre Berto in Vegas

Floyd Mayweather has announced he will have his next fight against Andre Berto in Las Vegas on September 12.

The unbeaten pound-for-pound king of the sport will bid to extend his unbeaten record to 49 fights when he locks horns with fellow-American Berto at the MGM Grand Arena in what could be his last ever fight.

The 38-year-old defeated boxing great Manny Pacquiao on a unanimous points verdict in his latest fight in May and said afterwards he would retire after a final bout in September.

Mayweather will put his WBC and WBA welterweight titles on the line against the 31-year-old who

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WWE RAW Results: August 3, 2015


6-Man Mayhem.

The 1158th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, CA. Two weeks after an intense brawl between SummerSlam opponents Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker that forced the WWE locker room and even local law enforcement to get involved to break up, “The Beast” would appear on RAW as Brock Lesnar, along with his advocate Paul Heyman, would be on RAW for the first time since one of the biggest brawls in WWE history. With less than three weeks to go before Brock Lesnar collides with The Undertaker at SummerSlam, what will Brock Lesnar, or rather Paul Heyman, have to say to The Undertaker? How will Brock Lesnar send a lasting message to “The Deadman” before SummerSlam?

Match Results

  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship: Open Challenge: Seth Rollins (c) def. Neville by pin following the Pedigree to retain.
  • 8-Man Tag: Big E & Kofi Kingston (with Xavier Woods) and The Ascension def. The Lucha Dragons & Los Matadores (with El Torito) by Kofi Kingston pinning Kalisto following Trouble in Paradise.
  • Charlotte & Becky Lynch (with Paige) def. Brie Bella & Nikki Bella (with Alicia Fox) by Nikki Bella tapping out to Charlotte’s Figure Eight.
  • Rusev (with Summer Rae) def. Mark Henry by pin following a straight kick to the face.
  • King Barrett def. Zack Ryder by pin following the Royal Bull Hammer.
  • Paige (with Charlotte & Becky Lynch) def. Naomi (with Tamina & Sasha Banks) by submission to the PTO.
  • 6-Man Tag: Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, & Randy Orton def. Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Sheamus by Roman Reigns pinning Sheamus following the Spear.

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Ryback Says He Will Be Ready for SummerSlam, ZZ Struggles with Drill, Fiery Tough Enough Challenge

– WWE posted this Tough Enough digital extra of ZZ struggling with a dropdown drill:

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– Below is a Tough Enough digital extra with the competitors storming into a blazing building for the challenge that will air this week:

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– WWE Intercontinental Champion Ryback says he will be at 100% in time for the August 23rd SummerSlam pay-per-view. He tweeted the following today:

I am more focused than ever and even hungrier. Come Summer Slam I will be 100 percent. To think otherwise is just

Brooklyn Cyclones Announce WWE Night, Superstars and Divas to Play In Charity Softball Game

– The Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team will be holding “WWE Night” to promote SummerSlam weekend this month. It will take place on August 19th at MCU Park in Brooklyn, the same site of ROH’s Field of Honor event on August 22nd during SummerSlam weekend. Charlotte, Eva Marie, Fandango and Ryback will be participating in a charity softball game that afternoon and they will be meeting fans.

Below is their announcement:

The Brooklyn Cyclones and WWE have partnered for SummerSlam Night at MCU Park on Wednesday, August 19 to kick off a borough-wide celebration as WWE brings SummerSlam, the biggest event of the summer, to Barclays Center on Sunday, August 23.

As part of the night’s festivities, WWE Superstars and Divas including Ryback, Fandango, Eva Marie and Charlotte, will join members of the FDNY, NYPD and other celebrities in a pre-game Celebrity/Civil Servants All-Star Challenge and softball game prior to the 7:00 PM game against the Lowell Spinners. Also scheduled to participate in the game are NBA Hall of Famer and current St. John’s Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mullin, Mets Hall of Famer John Franco, Greg Kelly & Rosanna Scotto – the hosts of Good Day New York – and many others. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will go home with a Greg & Rosanna bobble head courtesy of Municipal Credit Union.

WWE Superstars and Divas will also take part in a pre-game autograph session for fans, with giveaways and prizes courtesy of WWE and Tapout.

All tickets for this game are just $10 and available now by calling 718-507-TIXX, logging on to BrooklynCyclones.com or in person at the MCU Park Box Office.

**WWE Superstars/Divas and other celebrities subject to change.

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Ring Of Honor Posts Tribute Video And Statement On "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

As seen above, Ring of Honor has posted a tribute to the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Piper appeared at an ROH event back in January 2014 in Nashville. The tribute features footage of Piper with Kevin Owens, The Briscoes and other ROH talents. ROH also posted this statement on Piper over the weekend:

We at Ring of Honor are extremely shocked and saddened at the sudden passing of the legendary “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

A true icon in professional wrestling, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was a silent adviser to many, passing on his invaluable wisdom. An amazing man who will be missed by those who were lucky enough to work with or get to know him.

We extend our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

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Today In Wrestling History 8/3: Ric Flair Sued, WWF Mixing With Other Promotions In 19855, & More

* 30 years ago in 1985, Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling held the famous Hot Summer Night Card at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, which drew 12,553 fans. The Hawaii territory is pretty fascinating historically. In its ’60s heydey, you had a mix of the big local names like King Curtis Iaukea and “Handsome” Johnny Barend, wrestlers who would make less money to live in Hawaii for months, and talent on the way to or from tours of Japan and Australia. This meant they had super loaded shows, tons of great interviews, etc.

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In 1985, it was different. There was no full-time territory. Ed Francis had sold it years earlier to Peter Maivia, and his wife Lia took it over when he died. When they ran shows, it was usually a mix of subpar local talent, Japanese names, and yes, guys going to or returning from a Japanese tour. Interesting, but not usually much to write home about. This show, however, was different.

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On one card in the middle of a wrestling war, you had wrestlers from the WWF, NJPW, Jim Crockett Promotions, Championship Wrestling from Florida, and more. One match even mixed talent from non-friendly promotions (WWF and NJPW were still working together), as Andre the Giant (WWF), Angelo Mosca (Crockett’s local promoter in Toronto), & Steve Collins (PPPW) defeated King Kong Bundy (WWF), Mark Lewin (CWF), & Kevin Sullivan (CWF). This type of thing didn’t exactly happen often.

* 19 years ago in 1996, NJPW held the second day of that year’s G1 Climax tour at Ryogoku Sumo Hall in Tokyo. In addition to the namesake tournament, the first round of the J-Crown tournament to unify eight junior heavyweight titles concluded on the undercard.

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First, UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Champion Shinjiro Ohtani dethroned NWA World Welterweight Champion Negro Casas to unify their titles and move on to face Ultimo Dragon in the semifinals. The UWA closed in 1995, so then-champion Gran Hamada took the title to NJPW as a secondary junior heavyweight title, while Casas’s NWA belt was a long-standing top title in Mexico. Casas was always one of the best luchadores at adjusting to the Japanese style (well, he was and still is one of the best luchadores in general, so it’s only natural), while Ohtani was approaching his peak as a great junior heavyweight wrestler, so this was really good. Either this or Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Ultimo Dragon Dragon was the best match of the first round depending on personal preference.

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The other first round match saw WWF Light Heavyweight Champion El Samurai defeat WWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Champion Gran Hamada. Yes, that WWF. The title was created in 1981 when the WWF, UWA, and NJPW had a close relationship, primarily as a belt for Perro Aguayo to hold. Later, Villano III dominated the title after the WWF pulled out. In 1995, Aero Flash was the last champion when the UWA closed, and he took the title to Japan, losing it to The Great Sasuke, who lost it to Samurai. The WWA here is the Tijuana-based WWA. This was a very good match, but the best was yet to come in the tournament.

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Ring Of Honor TV Recap (8/2): Young Bucks Vs. War Machine, AJ Styles In Action, Team Reunites

Welcome to Wrestling Inc’s coverage of Ring of Honor TV. The Young Bucks, Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly are all set for tonight’s show.

Roderick Strong kicks off the show with a backstage promo. He says he wants a rematch since he went to a draw with Jay Lethal at Death Before Dishonor.

Young Bucks vs. War Machine

War Machine beats the brakes of of Young Bucks to kick it off, and Nick Jackson gets press slammed over the top rope onto Matt. When they follow the Bucks outside, they eat Superkicks #1 and #2. This doesn’t bother War Machine, as they toss the Bucks into each other.

Superkicks #3 and #4 to Rowe and Hansen outside set up a swanton off of the apron, as the crowd goes nuts. Hansen is alone inside and gets double teamed by the Bucks, as they land a splash/Moonsault combo. Hansen gets up, and doesn’t seem hurt in the least. He clotheslines both of the Jacksons to the mat, only to get Superkicks #5 and #6. Nick Jackson appears to injure his ankle, and we go to commercial.

We come back and see Matt Jackson wrestling by himself, and AJ Styles comes out to check on his Bullet Club brother Nick. Matt is really getting dominated in the ring, being tossed all over the place. Matt fights back, and AJ Styles joins the match somehow. He gets a hot tag and runs through Rowe.

Styles accidentally bumps the ref, which allows Matt to hit Superkicks #7 and #8. Nick comes in and hits #9 and #10. Bloody Sunday, Styles Clash, pin. Bullet Club wins as Nick sneaks in and interferes

Winners: Bullet Club via pinfall (Styles Clash)

– Adam Cole is backstage and says he doesn’t think there is any dissension between he and Kingdom, and says his friendship with Kyle O’Reilly is independent from his work with Kingdom. He puts over O’Reilly as his best friend.

Cedric Alexander (w/ Veda Scott) vs. Romantic Touch

Caprice Coleman is on commentary. Cedric jumps Touch from behind and dominates early. Touch bounces him from the ring and hits a crash and burn. Cedric low blows him as Veda holds on to Romantic Touch’s leg. Lumbar Check for the win.

Winner: Cedric Alexander via pinfall (Lumbar Check)

Veda Scott tells Cedric to rip off Touch’s mask to expose Rhett Titus. Coleman stops him, and Moose makes the save with Stokely at his side.

– Jay Lethal and Truth Martini are backstage, and Lethal says he’ll be the greatest champion in the world. He wants everyone to find out he’s the best wrestler in the world, and says he’ll keep proving it. Martini says Lethal is a legend in the making.

– We see this week’s Inside ROH.

Adam Cole vs. Kyle O’Reilly

The two start off reversing each other, but Adam Cole gets the best of the first grappling exchange. O’Reilly applies a headlock, and try as he might, Cole can’t get out of it for several minutes. O’Reilly holds onto it through backdrops, suplexes, everything. Cole finally gets outside and sends Kyle into the barricade, then pie faces Chris Daniels, who is on commentary. Daniels attacks and causes a DQ.

Winner: Adam Cole via DQ

Cole and Kyle fight off Daniels, but Kaz makes the save. The crowd chants “Future Shock.” Future Shock challenges Addiction, and it’s on.

Future Shock vs. Addiction

Daniels is in street clothes, and Future Shock is dominating early. We come back from a commercial and Addiction uses cheap tactics to gain the advantage. Cole gets the hot tag, and hits a huge suplex/neckbreaker on Daniels. All four men are in the ring and Cole rolls up Daniels for the win.

Winners: Future Shock via pinfall

Sabin hits the ring and helps addiction, but Bobby Fish makes a save. Kingdom appears on the ramp, and nobody trusts anybody.

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Ring Of Honor TV Recap (8/2): Young Bucks Vs. War Machine, AJ Styles In Action, Team Reunites

Photo: Madison Square Garden Paying Tribute to Roddy Piper

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Photo: Madison Square Garden Paying Tribute to Roddy Piper
By Marc Middleton
Aug 3, 2015 – 4:09:03 PM

– Madison Square Garden in New York City is honoring the late WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who headlined many events at the famous arena, including WrestleMania I. Below is a photo of their tribute to The Hot Rod:

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper – one of the all-time great performers @TheGarden and friend to us all. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/tDI37tGsDf

— MSG (@TheGarden) August 3, 2015

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Photo: Madison Square Garden Paying Tribute to Roddy Piper