He once smashed a coconut on the head of Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
While he started out as a heel, he soon became beloved because of the antics that originally made him a heel.
He was outspoken and feisty, and wasn't afraid to mix it up when he had to. That was the character of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper in the then-World Wrestling Federation, now Entertainment (WWE). Piper, whose real name was Roderick Toombs, played up his Scottish heritage by wearing a kilt while entering the stadium to the music of bagpipes.
His Piper's Pit interview section was often the highlight of the WWE shows, as he would either help push up and coming wrestlers, or, more often, put villains in their place.
Later on, he would take time out from wrestling to try out acting on film, and debuted in the low-budget horror movie "They Live." While he would make other B-level movies, they never were at the level of the first, which is probably why he returned to wrestling after a short while.
His last public appearance was an interview he gave in defense of Hogan, who was fired from WWE after a racial slur-ridden rant became public. Still unspoken, and defiant, Piper claimed that Hogan was going through a "rough patch" during the time of the rant.
He was found dead in his bed yesterday, apparently due to a heart attack; for someone who lived a bombastic life, he left the world quietly. He was 61.
Luke Thompson of Topless Robot gives a more comprehensive send-off of the Rowdy One.
Requiescat in pace, Roddy Piper. Keep the bagpipes playing up there.
|The Rowdy One in the ring. Picture from the Twitter feed of Dana White.|