Rowdy Roddy Piper, Dead at 61

Rowdy Roddy PiperRowdy Roddy Piper was 61. He was a WWF / WWE superstar who also starred in John Carpenter’s "They Live."

He was also my favourite wrestler when I followed the WWF in the mid-80s. I'd tune in weekly to hear him on the Piper's Pit.

His "For Everybody" was the best track on The Wrestling Album. JYD, Jimmy Hart and Captain Lou contributed gems, but Hot Rod stole the show.


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Jason Patterson

Hi Mike,

I too listen to Piper's Pit podcast every single week as well and have fond memories of Roddy Piper in the 80's during the Rock N Wrestling era. Who can forget Piper smasking a coconut over Jimmy Snuka's head, or when he messed with Lauper? He then left for Hollywood, did the awesome They Live movie and some other stuff. At one point he was supposed to be in a TV show with Jesse Ventura about two ex wrestlers that became detectives or cops or some such thing, called Tag Team I believe. But they always get pulled back in...

In the 90's, Piper had some classics with Calgary's Bret Hart as well as Goldust (Dustin Runnels), the son of Dusty Rhodes (Dusty himself was a multi time world champion and former lead booker for WCW who also passed away this year).

I attended WrestleMania VI in Toronto where Piper painted his face and body half black and faced Bad News Brown. Piper dedicated the match to Nelson Mandela! What do you think of that, brrrrrrrrrrrruthhherrrrrr? Andre the Giant wrestled his last match on the same card in Toronto, and stole the paint remover for Roddy's boddy paint, so Piper walked to the airport all gimmicked up half black. I wonder if they will remove him from the HOF now for being too controversial? ;-)

Piper later went to Ted Turner's WCW for a stint there against Hulk Hogan, whom he beat, before coming back to the WWF/E where he was fired on and off by Vince McMahon about 800 times.

Piper also defended Hogan in Hogan's recent "debacle". I won't say too much about that but anyone wondering about this Hogan stuff please ask yourself why Donald Trump is in the WWE HOF after making bigoted remarks - and his were in 2015, not 2006. Should he not be removed as well? But that's a whole other can of worms. Just wondering how one is better than the other and where they draw their line?

I didn't expect Piper to be one of the boys to die young because he was doing the stuff at 15 years old and came upin a different way and wasn't necessarily roided up - never had that look - he got by on his talent - his acting ability and his second-to-none understanding of how ring psychology works in North American professional wrestling. Kids, if you want to learn how to work the crowd, study tapes of Roddy Piper. There will never be anyone better when it comes to crowd psychology when it comes to pro wrestling.

Roddy will be missed. He just came out with his own bubble gum soda pop. How many people can say that?

July 31, 2015 @ 8:16 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Wasn't a big wrestling fan but knew of him and his character. Couldn't tell you a single current wrestlers name now. The old school wrestlers had a way of making the soap opera of wrestling work. RIP.

August 1, 2015 @ 7:01 AM


I'm the same as Rick C… but I did love his role in the John Carpenter cult classic "They Live".

A "B movie" for sure but one of my guilty pleasures that still holds up well today. It's boasts one of the longest (& WWE style tackiest) fist fight scenes along with the best movie line ever!

"I have come here to chew bubble gum & kick ass… & I'm allll out of bubble gum…."

RIP "Nada"

August 1, 2015 @ 12:04 PM


For those who haven't had a chance to see it… here it is… get some popcorn & enjoy!

Directors Intro:

They Live:

I'm gonna watch the Audio commentary version this evening ( a great chat between the director & roddy)

August 1, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

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