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Roddy Piper

            

Real Name - Roderick Toombs
Birthdate - 4/17/51
6'2" 230 lbs. - Portland, OR

Athletic Background - Boxing, Judo, Wrestling

Teacher(s) - Gene Labell, Leo Garabaldi

Professional Background - Winnipeg(`69-`74), St. Louis(`74), Kansas City(`74), Grand Prix(`74), Houston(`75), Dallas(`75), IWA[Montreal](`75), Los Angeles(`75-`79), Portland(`78-`8?), Mid-Atlantic(`77-`82), WWWF(`79), Vancouver(`79-80), JCP/NWA(`83), WWF(`83-`87), WWF(`89-`92), WWF(`94), WWF(`96), WCW(`96-`00), Indies(`01), WWE(`03), 

AliasesRoderick Toombs, Ronnie Piper, Masked Canadian, Piper Machine

Groups - none

Peak Years - 1978 - 1987


Finisher(s) - 
Sleeper
Bulldog 

Favorites - 
Atomic Drop
Kneelift 
Ear Clap
Eye Poke
Punches 


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes



Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment 10 
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat 10 
 Legacy



  
Place in History - One of the great heels in pro-wrestling history, who would make many people's top five. Roddy Piper's gift of gab allowed him to become one of the most obnoxious wrestlers in an era of quiet, stone-faced grapplers. He was a loud-mouthed brawler, who traded in wreslting ability for color. Piper wasn't just a skinny punk in a kilt, he was the man in a "skirt" everyone loved to hate and one of the few stars who was able to get over in spite of his size in the steroid-era. He was a key figure in the WWF's success in 1985 that has changed the business immeasurable. His Piper's Pit interview segment was a unique place for him to get himself and sometimes his guests over. After years as a heel, Piper was nearly as good as a babyface when paired with the right people. His ranting interviews and crazy antics allowed him to stay in a upper midcard spot in the WWF, despite being semi-active for nearly a decade. In late 1996, he showed up in WCW and had a wild up-and-down run. After that final run, he has shown up periodically in different places and is always someone to see. He did a lot, both good and bad, which he addresses in his autobiography, In the Pit with Piper. Roddy Piper is proof that if you are a convincing character that can communicate your issues, wrestling ability and size can be secondary.
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