"No retreat, and no surrender!"
Born George Roderick Toombs, Roddy Piper
is a professional wrestler from the 1980's and 1990's. He is extremely well known for his kayfabe rivalry with Hulk Hogan
and various movie appearances such as in They Live!
. Among his in-ring achievements, he is a former WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion
, a former WWE World Tag Team Champion
with Ric Flair
, and a former 3x NWA (Mid-Atlantic)/WCW United States Heavyweight Champion
. Along with WWE
and, later, WCW
, he also competed in various National Wrestling Alliance
territories, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic (the Carolinas), San Francisco
, Los Angeles
and the Pacific Northwest territory in Portland
, OR, where he presently resides.The Other Wiki
has the basics about his career.
"Just when you think you have the tropes, I change the indexes!":
- 10-Minute Retirement: MANY, starting with his first, after WrestleMania III in 1987.
- Adam Westing: In Saints Row IV, where he shows up in his iconic "Hot Rod" shirt and kilt, fistfights Keith David to snap him out of a Lotus-Eater Machine, and becomes a recruitable party member who uses wrestling moves to battle alien invaders.
- Arch-Enemy: Greg Valentine, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka. He'd have other feuds over his career, but these were easily his biggest.
- Autobiography: In the Pit with Piper
- Bash Brothers: "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr., Ric Flair, Rick Martelnote , Greg Valentine.
- Berserk Button: Basically everything as he was Crazy Awesome but if you really wanted to tick off Hot Rod, you'd say that the kilt was a skirt.
- Bowdlerize: His contribution to The Wrestling Album was originally called "Fuck Everybody". Due to the WWF's family-oriented direction, he had to change it to "For Everybody". The word "ass" was also replaced with "trash" on two occasions.
- Canada, Eh?: From Saskatchewan in Real Life. Was known early in his career as the Masked Canadian.
- Catch Phrase: "Just when they think they've got the answers, I CHANGE THE QUESTIONS."
- Charlie Brown from Outta Town: The Piper Machine
- Chew Bubblegum: He's the one who said the immortal line. He actually ad-libbed it.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He's been referred to as the Robin Williams of wrestling.
- Combat Pragmatist: Even as a face one of his trademark attacks is an eye poke.
- Cool Mask: As Piper Machine.
- Cool Old Guy: His gimmick now is the awesome old-school guy that comes in to teach the young punks a lesson. Some examples:
- Teamed with Ric Flair to defeat the Spirit Squad (represented by Kenny and Mikey) for the WWE World Tag Team Titles at Cyber Sunday on November 5, 2006.
- Teamed with the Highlanders (Rory and Robbie) in a six-man-tag to defeat 3/5 of the Spirit Squad (Johnny, Kenny and Mikey) on the November 6, 2006 Raw.
- Defeated The Miz with a rollup and a fast three-count courtesy of special referee Alex Riley in 1:08 on the June 13, 2011 Raw.
- Crossover: His feud with Carlito Colón started in WWE but was settled in WWC with Piper pinning Colon. If you only watched WWE you might not know they had a feud in the first place since their promotion of the fact two of their contract workers go to another company, continuing a storyline started on WWE television, was bare minimal.
- Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: Not only did his entrance theme feature bagpipes, he also occasionally played them himself, and is quite good.
- It's actually how he got his ring name. He was walking to the ring for his first match while playing the bagpipes and was announced as "Roddy the Piper."
- Finishing Move: A good old fashioned sleeper is Piper's finisher of choice.
- Genre Savvy: This in spades. Even as a face he remembered every dirty trick in the book and exploited them at every chance.
- Handicapped Badass: Lost hearing in his right ear due to a burst eardrum after an unusually brutal Dog Collar Match with Greg Valentine in 1983.
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: He turned many times over his career.
- Hot-Blooded: See Berserk Button.
- ILL KILL YOU: After Sting had made the save for Piper and Diamond Dallas Page from the NWO at the end of the October 13, 1997 WCW Monday Nitro, Piper actually said these exact words.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Kick the Dog: Piper was the kind of Heel who did this every chance he got. This incident on Piper's Pit with Jimmy Snuka is a particularly infamous example.
- Large Ham: Even by wrestling standards!
- Man in a Kilt
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The Hollywood Backlot Brawl.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: He was supposed to be Scottish after all, whilst speaking with a recognizable Canadian accent.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper or "Hot Rod".
- Power Stable: Piper's Palace, in NWA Mid-Atlantic, leading Jimmy Valiant, "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. and Abdullah the Butcher in a feud against the House of Humperdink.
- Precision F-Strike: Got away with saying "bullshit!" at WrestleMania XXI; appropriately enough, it was in an interview segment with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
- Retired Badass
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: On the September 27 (taped September 16), 1986, WWF Superstars, Piper's Dragon "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr. and "Magnificent" Don Muraco turned on Piper, siding with "Adorable" Adrian Adonis's "The Flower Shop," tore down the "Piper's Pit" set, and injured Piper's leg in the process. On the October 4th show (taped the same night), Piper came out with a crutch and destroyed the set of "The Flower Shop." This ultimately led to the hair vs. hair match between Piper and Adonis at WrestleMania III.
- Talk Show with Fists: Piper's Pit is the Trope Codifier.
- Underwear of Power
- Violent Glaswegian
- Wild Card: See his Catch Phrase and Genre Savvy above. No one knew what Piper would do at any given time.
- Would Hit a Girl: Today, it's very much averted. He's gone onto the WWE's programs to host special Piper's Pits specifically to scold heel wrestlers who hurt women the previous week. But this was not always the case, of course. In 1984-1985, during the height of his highly volatile, crazy heel persona, and when the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection" era was in full swing, Piper (in Kayfabe) hated rock music diva Cyndi Lauper so much he tried to attack her, without provocation, many times. He actually did assault her and her then-boyfriend David Wolfe during an infamous in-ring promo at New York City's Madison Square Garden (the setup being American Bandstand's Dick Clark presenting an award to Lauper and "Captain" Lou Albano for their (real-life) work with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation). The incident brought Piper's feud with Hulk Hogan (an avowed friend of Lauper's) to a new level, and set up "The War to Settle the Score," aired nationally via MTV, where Piper's allies — "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and "Cowboy" Bob Orton — threatened to seriously hurt Lauper, if not worse.
- Wrestling Family: He is a cousin of the Harts.