First it was Owen Hart
Then Brian Pillman
Then Curt ‘Mr. Perfect’ Hennig.
Then Chris Benoit
Then Eddie Guerrero
Then the Junkyard Dog
Then Lex Luger
Then Doink the Clown
Then Macho Man Randy Savage
Then Bam Bam Bigelow
Then the Ultimate Warrior
Then the American Dream Dusty Rhodes
And now the Hot Rod.
The wrestling world gets dimmer every day.
Rowdy Roddy Piper was an original, a loose cannon, a man ahead of his time.
He, if anyone, was an agent of chaos ,a agent of mayhem.
The original anti-authority (before Stone Cold Steve Austin, before DX, before NW), before Dean Ambrose) and perhaps the best heel of all time – definitely in top 5 with Ric Flair, HHH, Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase and Vince McMahon – he was instrumental in transcending the professional wrestling business from the bingo halls to the sold off arenas like Madison Square Garden.
Thousands would turn up live and millions would buy PPVs just to see him lose or get beat up – such was the genius of his performance.
Hell, even WWE considers him the greatest villain of all time.
Wrestling became main stream and entered the world’s house due to his feud with Mr. T and Hulk Hogan.
He gave birth to the behemoth that is Wrestlemania.
Rowdy Roddy Piper was undoubtedly the best promo giver in history along with one of the hardest workers.
He once worked flat out for 91 days without a break – a record at the top level of wrestling.
And throughout all the years of fame and fortune, he remained a humble gracious loving family man behind the scenes.
Generation after generation of wrestlers name Rowdy Roddy Piper as their inspiration.
As Corey Graves put it “To spend your career as a “bad guy,” yet inspire an entire generation to want to be like you, speaks volumes about the man.”
Its not limited to wrestling.
The world’s most badass, dangerous and toughest woman – Ronda Rousey – seeked his blessing before adding the title ‘Rowdy’ to herself.
Roddy Piper’s talents went above and beyond the wrestling world. John Carpenter cast him in his movies and to date Piper remains, along withe Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, to be the only ones with successful acting careers.
Piper not only conquered the wrestling world and Hollywood, but he successfully conquered lymphoma – with which he was diagnosed in 1996 – as well.
To die of a sudden heart attack after all that is truly tragic. But in a way, its ok since he died on his own bed surrounded by the people whom he loved most – his wife and kids.
As The Nature Boy Ric Flair said “The world will never be as Rowdy without you.”
On the other hand, heaven just became way more chaotic, nay way more Rowdy.
Those angels don’t know what just hit them*
*probably a coconut