Saturday, August 01, 2015

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper Passes On

This has been one screwed up year to be a fan of professional wrestling. The highs and lows have been incredible.

A little under an hour ago, we hit another low.

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper has passed away.

Piper was one of the biggest stars in the era of professional wrestling when I first started getting into it back during the original boom period in the 1980s.

He was already an established name to fans before then. However, it was his involvement in the early WrestleManias that made him not only a national name, but an international one.

Piper segued his wrestling fame into a B-movie career where he starred in flicks like Hell Comes To Frog Town and Buy & Cell.

The movie he'll be best remembered for is John Carpenter's They Live.

His quote from the movie - 'I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass.,, And I'm all out of bubblegum,' continues to be used to this very day.

Unfortunately, the last memory I will have of Roddy is his appearance on the Rich Eisen Show the other day. He was brought on to talk about the Hulk Hogan situation. Ir was painful viewing as he was rambling and not really answering the questions he was asked.

There was also his situation with his podcast where he had a disagreement with management after 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin took offence to Piper having a comedian pretend to be Austin on the show. As Austin also had a podcast on the network, he had the pull to get the episode withdrawn.

But, let's forget about that and remember his good stuff.

Of the top of my head, the one match that stands out to me is when he wrestled Bret 'Hitman' Hart at WrestleMania VIII. My favourite WrestleMania, so I have to pick that one, right?

It was probably his last great match, to be fair.

Go on YouTube and the WWE Network and seek out his promos.

They sold tickets.

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