Posts Tagged ‘Rowdy Roddy Piper’

2F0918DE-E6AA-45CE-89326818F5FFFEC5For those of you that didn’t know, I am a huge fan of professional wrestling or Sports Entertainment as it’s called. I was a fan in the 80’s when it was called the Golden Age all the way through the Attitude Era of the 90’s to what is now known as the PG era of today. So, when I found out that professional wrestler, WWE Hall Of Famer, and the first ever Royal Rumble winner Hacksaw Jim Duggan was on a tour he dubbed The 2X4 Tour, I had to see him. He came to Laugh Boston last night (February 9TH) to tell stories of of his past that you never get to hear anywhere, but from the source. It was an opportunity to see a man that was a real American hero before it was the hip thing to do in sports entertainment. A chance to hear all those amazing stories from the golden age of wrestling and so on as it was an evening with Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

133One of the great things about Jim Duggan is the interaction he has with the crowd who definitely are not afraid to yell Duggan’s catch phrase Hooooooooo. He is so personable and he starts right from the very beginning telling you about his life in Glenn Falls, NY, when he met Fritz Von Erich in Dallas while he was going to school at SMU, to when he actually got into to the wrestling business with all the ups and downs that came with it. He gives you inside scoops and stories with some of your favorite wrestlers that you may not have known including an interesting story about Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Damian. One of my favorite stories that you could tell hit a special place with the crowd was when he talked about Rowdy Roddy Piper and the time they spent together in the Legends House. That was truly a funny and heartening story to hear from him. You may be wondering how can a man’s life and journey be so funny? Well, you have to see it to believe it because the man delivers it in a way that you can’t help but laugh. He literally becomes one of those guys you see that tell all these awesome stories that you can’t stop listening to. After watching the show, I could listen to Hacksaw Jim Duggan for hours on end. Towards the end of the show, he does a special Q&A session with the fans that for the most part goes very well with a few knuckleheads asking dumb questions, but that is expected. If you stick around after that, you can get autographs and a photo with the WWE Legend. For the amount of money it cost to go, it was probably the most fun I had in a very long time.

 

Early in 2015, the wrestling world and it’s fans lost one of it’s most beloved figures in legend Rowdy Roddy Piper who was one of the great personalities wrestling ever had. Well while I was cruising through the internet super highway, I discovered this video Caroling With Roddy Piper courtesy of Uproxx that was produced by┬áRoyal Canadian Air Farce, a comedy group from Canada. The video features Roddy Piper doing his own version of the 12 Days Of Christmas with a big fan. The beginning of the video will entice you to stay and watch as Piper is so warm in his greeting. The video is hilarious as you don’t know what to expect, but when you see it, it’s definitely classic Piper at his best. There is only one day until Christmas as today is Christmas Eve so let’s enjoy it with the Late Roddy Piper.

rowdy-roddy-piper-i-change-the-questionsWhether you a wrestling fan or not, yesterday the world lost a true icon of the sports entertainment field when┬áRoderick George Toombs a.k.a Rowdy Roddy Piper at the age of 61 due to cardiac arrest. Rowdy Roddy Piper best known as Hot Rod as well was an innovator in the field of wrestling playing what I always believed as the perfect heel (bad guy) in what was known as the WWF at the time (WWE now). One of the most iconic moments that I can remember was the time he cracked a coconut over the head of “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka during a segment of Piper’s Pit. I also remember the time he sprayed talk show big mouth Morton Downey Jr. with a fire extinguisher at WrestleMania V. Hot Rod also had the balls to get into the face of big time actor Mr. T on more than one occasion for the first two WrestleManias. There was a saying the sports entertainment world that if it wasn’t the for The Four Horseman, there would have been no NWO or no DX, but it if it wasn’t for Hot Rod and his Piper’s Pit, there would definitely be no Highlight Reel, Barbershop, and any other talk segment in the WWE period. He was politically incorrect and unapologetic which made him a true bad ass. One of the other things I enjoyed about Hot Rod was some of the movies that he starred in like the iconic John Carpenter film They Live where Roddy battled aliens disguised as humans or the film Body Slam where he played a wrestler named Quick Rick Roberts. It was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid growing up a wrestling fan. I will forever miss Rowdy Roddy Piper, a man that provided so many amazing memories for me in my childhood when all I had was wrestling. R.I.P. Rowdy Roddy Piper 1954-2015

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