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Author: Subject: RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper
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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:05 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper

TMZ is reporting Roddy Piper has passed away at the age of 61

http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/31/roddy-piper-dead-dies-wwe-wrestler-cancer/

For me, on the mic there was no-one like him. One of my all time faves.

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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:11 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Just saw this and...I don't even know what to say anymore. 3 of my childhood wrestling heroes, Dusty, Piper, and Hogan all lost as such through various means and ways over the past two months. He looked off during that Rich Eisen interview last week and I knew something was wrong, but if it was cancer, we didn't even know it was back.

Thank you for changing all the questions, Roddy. We'll miss you a ton. RIP



[Edited on 7-31-2015 by S Kid J E T S 48]

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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:24 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
CONSPIRACY THEORY!!!! Hogan off'd him to take the media spotlight off of him.





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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:34 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Just read the news.....Rest In Peace, Maniac
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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:41 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper Dead at 61

(sigh) Fuck, man...

http://thebiglead.com/2015/07/31/rowdy-roddy-piper-dead-at-age-61/

Not sure what to say on this one. Underrated worker, one of the best talkers and antagonist of all time. Legend.

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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:48 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
This is a stunner to me, mainly because Piper has been so active lately. Some of it was because of dumb things, but it's like he was off hiding. Man.

Such a huge loss for the industry. One of the greatest talkers. One of the best heels. One of the best pranks ever pulled against him.






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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:48 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Thread already started.


Steer replies there.





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posted on 7-31-2015 at 10:57 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Dammit, two legends in quick succession, although for some reason this surprises me less. RIP Hot Rod.






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posted on 7-31-2015 at 11:06 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Here's the official WWE statement:

http://www.wwe.com/inside/rowdy-roddy-piper-passes-away-27737907

I feel really bad about this. Roddy was one of the first tweeners in the industry. He was the bad guy who you rooted for, whose heel promos you laughed at, the guy you loved to hate. He always spoke his mind and didn't give a shit who he offended. He was CM Punk before there was a CM Punk.

RIP Hot Rod

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posted on 7-31-2015 at 11:16 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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He was the bad guy who you rooted for, whose heel promos you laughed at, the guy loved to hate. He always spoke his mind and didn't give a shit who he offended. He was CM Punk before there was a CM Punk.




This. Even as a dumb mark of a kid, I loved the guy. He was the Joker to Hogan's Batman.





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posted on 7-31-2015 at 11:34 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by S Kid J E T S 48
Just saw this and...I don't even know what to say anymore. 3 of my childhood wrestling heroes, Dusty, Piper, and Hogan all lost as such through various means and ways over the past two months. He looked off during that Rich Eisen interview last week and I knew something was wrong, but if it was cancer, we didn't even know it was back.

Thank you for changing all the questions, Roddy. We'll miss you a ton. RIP



[Edited on 7-31-2015 by S Kid J E T S 48]


This is the reason I stopped chewing bubble gum.

RIP Roddy.





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posted on 7-31-2015 at 11:45 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Fuck.

He's one of the best. RIP you crazy man.

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posted on 7-31-2015 at 11:56 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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This. Even as a dumb mark of a kid, I loved the guy. He was the Joker to Hogan's Batman.


Would it be more fitting to say he was Luthor to Hogans Superman??

Nothing I can say to add to what's been said already, RIP Hot Rod.

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posted on 8-1-2015 at 12:29 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
He was my favorite. My heart hurts.





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posted on 8-1-2015 at 12:35 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
When I was 18, I was already a big wrestling fan. I regularly attended the WWF TV tapings at the Hamburg Fieldhouse, where we were able to see everything transpire days before it was broadcast in syndication to the rest of the country. The March of 1984 tapings always stand out, as it was the day the pro wrestling hook was sunk even deeper in me and I became more excited than ever to be a fan.

While I had seen many Piper's Pit segments before, this one was going to be with guest Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who we all loved. When Piper smashed that coconut over Snuka's head, we lost our minds! Sure, we saw many beatdowns over the years, including Larry Zybsko starting his feud with Bruno by laying Sammartino out with a brutal steel chair beating, but this was somehow more "raw." Maybe because it didn't take place in the ring? Maybe because we weren't expecting more than a verbal beatdown? But that segment brought out the Piper we knew from his battles with Greg Valentine in the NWA, as well as other bloody battles we read about in the Apter mags, and we wanted to see Snuka get revenge on this maniac.

As the Hogan dominance took over, we started rooting for the villain, as Piper was way more interesting and talented than Hulk. We wanted to see the Piper that battled Ric Flair, but we never really got that. But we still saw a character who drew fans to hate him so much, and to us 18-20 year old's, he was our anti-hero, our Punisher, a non-nonsense guy who told it like it is, and didn't take shit from anyone. And compared to the cartoon character for the kids Hulk Hogan, us teen fans needed a more "real" character who almost seemed real "real."

Sure, he eventually turned more cartoonish, but it still had some edge to it, and I stayed a fan. The Piper/Hart 'Mania match cemented the fact he was a gifted wrestler and a true icon, even at that later stage of his career. To me, that match is right up there with Savage/Steamboat.

I've been privileged to meet a few of my wrestling heroes, but Piper was one that always alluded me. It saddens me to know I will never get to shake his hand and tell him that I have enjoyed all the entertainment (wrestling and movies) he has given us.

Rest in peace Mr. Toombs. And our condolences to your family and friends. You will truly be missed.



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posted on 8-1-2015 at 12:52 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Dammit.

Guess God needed another legend for his wrestling promotion in the sky. Thank you Hot Rod for all the memories (whether we basked in your glory or whether you were doing your best to piss us off.) We loved you every step of the way.

RIP Roddy

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posted on 8-1-2015 at 02:45 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Sad day.

So many of my early memories of pro wrestling had Piper's involvement in one way or another. He was so good at getting people to hate him that it wasn't long before you had to like him. Amazing that he was able to keep the heel act up for almost 3 years (~84-87) before they were forced to make him a fan favorite.

There were so many memorable Piper's Pit segments (Snuka, Hogan/Andre, etc.), but the one I remember most was this one:



He always had a way of making scripted segments seem "real", but this was obviously something personal to him. It was in the leadup to his match with Adrian Adonis at Wrestlemania in '87, but he doesn't even mention AA. For whatever reason, it just blew me away when I saw it.

RIP Hot Rod.

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posted on 8-1-2015 at 03:14 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I was just thinking earlier this week about how I didn't "get" most of what Piper did in the 80's because I didn't understand the subtleties of his promos and ring work. Looking back at them now I'm blown away.

RIP

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posted on 8-1-2015 at 03:21 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Dusty Rhodes dies, Hogan kills his reputation, and now the Hot Rod is gone.

As far as wrestling is concerned, 2015 can eat a dick.





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posted on 8-1-2015 at 03:31 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
One of the best mic workers of all time and certainly the best in 80s WWF, while Dusty and Flair were tearing up the NWA. A despicable heel that you somehow loved who became the first straight-talking face who didn't give a crap.

I'll always love his respect match with Bret for the IC title - Roddy thinking about going heel on Bret is such a great moment with such layers of character to it. And even his last few WWE appearances had some real gold moments - he could still talk like nobody's business.

Like Hogan in the 80s, Piper was bigger than even wrestling - he was just a pop culture figure, somebody everybody knew. He'll definitely be missed.





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posted on 8-1-2015 at 03:49 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
This is very very painful.

Wrestling fans worldwide have lost an icon. Rest in Peace Legend! God give you everlasting joy.





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posted on 8-1-2015 at 04:22 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
FWIW, that "Last Piper's Pit" (which was only the last Piper's Pit until 1989) was in Dayton. I wasn't there. I could have been -- this was after I had convinced my mom I was old enough and wrestling was family-friendly enough -- but the first baseball practice of the season was that evening, and I was still under the misapprehension that my love of baseball would somehow ultimately manifest in me being good at playing it.

In retrospect, I should have gone with the wrestling.


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posted on 8-1-2015 at 05:07 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Still can't believe Hot Rod's gone. He was truly one of a kind. The first heel I ever cheered for, and still the reason why I carry a chip on my shoulder towards Bret Hart. You'll be missed Roddy.


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posted on 8-1-2015 at 05:45 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Maybe because I'm getting older (I'm not that old) and my parents are in their late 50's early 60's someone passing away at the age of 61 just seems so young to me now...

Not sure what to say... I had some memories of Dusty, but my appreciation of him came later in life when I discovered that he wasn't always wearing polka dots, so while sad there's not quite the same connection there... With Hogan I have mixed feelings as yeah he's a shit head for talking like that, but I also think the whole thing is just getting blown out of proportion... or not... that's a whole other thread.

With Roddy though... ouch.

Piper was just too cool for you to hate, and once he was done feuding with Hogan he showed yet another dimension to his ability to entertain us... I remember watching wrestling video tapes on beta at my grand parents... the old Titan home video stuff... and there was this bit there about Piper stealing some kids Halloween candy, but they replaced it with something so that he hurt himself when he bit into it... but I think there was a bit where he had this plan to trick them first by dropping bowling balls into there bags so they'd rip and he could steal their candy... and of course nailing Morton Downey with the fire extinguisher.

Piper was always a treat to watch, but at the same time you just knew that he would still have so much to offer.... You grow up and you learn that be it back stage reasons, or just as likely because he was a bad guy in an era when the top good guy stayed on top for a long time, and that Heenan's family would offer a cavalcade of heels that could be rotated in and out, so Piper would always have a bit of a glass ceiling in the WWE, and not because of a lack of being the total package.

I remember at the end of the 90's and early 2000's when the WWE had a pretty substantial influx of talent from Canada going on that I got curious about who else was from here only to surprisingly find out that Piper hailed from Saskatoon... not that it made a difference but it was just one of those cool little things that made you a little prouder of him (well, at least for this Canuck... I think it's a weird Canadian thing; we're obsessed with those who got out and made it big).

I remember about 10 years ago I was working as a claims adjuster for car accidents and I had to call this customer and he wasn't home so I was getting ready to do my answering machine spiel when the voice message being done by none other than Piper... so I didn't leave a message but instead hung up, and called right back just to confirm I heard it right... the client picked up this time and asked if I just called and said that I could have left a message... I told him why I called right back and we would up swapping Piper memories for about an hour... turns out they had some mutual friend and when Piper was in town he got him to record the message for him.

It wasn't just the squared circle where he entertained me... like others "They Live" has long been on my shortlist of movies that gets dusted off at least once a year... not just because I'm a big John Carpenter fan, but because Rowdy just owned it in so many ways.... Let's also not forget a certain hilariously bad movie featuring the "Dance of the three snakes"... aka Hell comes to Frogtown... I still remember me and a buddy taking over one of the lecture labs while in university and using the digital projectors to make our own movie theatre... We probably had a dozen people in there watching Frogtown, with the odd Professor wandering in wondering what was going on only to stay and watch with everyone.

I feel like I missed out on some of his later work in that I was never really a WCW guy... I only just now started watching it on the Network... tonight while I'm saddened by his passing I feel a bit lucky in that I know how great he was, but there's still so much of his work still available for me to discover as I work my way through WCW stuff.

RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper... no one will ever swing a coconut like you did.

[Edited on 8-1-2015 by Flash]

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posted on 8-1-2015 at 05:49 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
This is available on the Network in much better quality, but I thought it interesting enough to share with the class considering the events of the past week. This is from Piper's return to Piper's Pit in 2003 with Vince as his guest. It's fun to see the interplay between the two, but is startling to me, in real life terms regarding the storyline shitcanning of Hogan at that time. Fucking hell this wrasslin' stuff gives me the heebie jeebies sometimes.


Vince McMahon on Pipers Pit Part 1 by rich_300


Vince McMahon on Pipers Pit_chunk_2 by rich_300

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