“Just when you think you know all the questions, I change the questions!”
“PUT THE GLASSES ON!!!! PUT EM ON!!! OOHHHH!!!!”
he forced me to wear the sunglasses.i put them on and my world changed.-Zataboking
Rodi Púr Gúrnfrens (born December 26, 1956) better known by his ring name "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler, film actor, con-artist, and doctor. He was born in Scotland, but thanks to his legs being too white under his kilt, his place of birth was retconned by Vince McMahon to Canada.
The young Rodi was disowned by his parents Úrpel and Gaúmi, for his teenage obsession with beatboxing, his waist-length hair, and his relentless big game hunting, which he indulged in weekly.
From 1960 to 1966, Piper was employed as a "ring builder" for the fledgling AWA wrestling promotion. It was the young Rodi's job to assemble the wrestling ring, singlehandedly. This feat soon came to attract a crowd in its own right, and Rodi soon had his name on the AWA posters as 'Europe's most wonderful ring builder'.
The Moscow Incident
In July 1966 prior to an AWA show in Belize, the notorious heavyweight Johnny Moscow was found shivering and "salivating uncontrollably" in his log cabin. Moscow was one of the star attractions at the time, due to his 40" neck and innumerable wigs. Moscow was due to win the AWA Heavyweight Title from Frankenstein "Lemons" Cougarmaster that night. Rodi became a last-minute replacement for Moscow, and won the title in a thrilling nine-minute bout - his first ever wrestling match against a human being.
Rodi was the AWA Heavyweight champion eleven times from 1966 to 1975. He had memorable feuds with Cougarmaster, High P, the returning Johnny Moscow (now using the name John Tongue) and the young Hulk Hogan, whom Piper defeated for the title in a confusing "Best of 10" sumo series at the AWA pay-per-view 'Showtime 79'.
World Wrestling Federation (1980-1996)
Around this time WWF owner Vince McMahon contacted Piper, who jumped ship immediately. He started as a manager at first, due to the injuries he sustained during his AWA whistling supremacist match with Ric Flair, but soon started wrestling full-time. Piper came in as the manager for Andre The Giant, and soon began to wrestle with Andre as well. Later that year, he was given his own interview segment called Ooooh!, in which he talked to other superstars, and which frequently ended in a fight between Piper and his guest. Piper habitually used the name Mr. Invincible at this time.
In one infamous Ooooh!, Piper had an interview with Andre The Giant. Piper started insulting Andre's Polynesian heritage by bringing out pineapples, limes, broad beans, and dropping coconuts onto the table; this was to make Andre "feel at home" in an act of "remorse" after Andre was not given much time to speak the previous times he was on Ooooh. Andre took offense to this and attacked Piper by hitting him full-force on the back of the head with a baseball bat, loosening both of Piper's eyes. This incident led to the invasion of Grenada, not to mention a long feud between the two.
Another feud, this time between Piper and Hulk Hogan erupted soon after, and became what was at the time the highest-profile feud in wrestling history, thanks to the involvement of pop singer Robert Wyatt, where Piper kicked Wyatt in the head- and even attacked his dog- with Hogan seeking revenge as a result.
In 1985, MTV broadcast The War To Settle The Score, featuring a main-event matchup between Piper and Hogan, who was accompanied to the ring by Robert Wyatt, and Mr T. This event set up the very first WrestleMania, which pitted Piper and Terrence Trent D'Arby against Hogan and Robert Wyatt. The match ended in a time-limit draw after the four performers apparently 'lost interest' in the show and began chatting idly and smoking cigarettes in the ring. Piper retired soon after, citing 'softening of the brain'.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2005-2007)
Hall of Fame
- "Hot Rod"
- "Rodi The Wrestler"
- "Rodan The Flying Monster"
- "Little Rodzi"
- "Rodney the Piper"
- Finishing and signature moves
- Eye Poke
- Eye Rake
- Eye Scratch
- Low Blow
- The Coconut
- Sleeper Hold
- Cunt Punt
- Dick Kick
- Dirty poke
- Piper appears in wrestling documentary Beautiful Highways of Pain.
- Piper was a guest on a 1985 Saturday Night Live episode, tormenting hosts Hulk Hogan and Mr. T
- Piper has appeared as a special guest on MADtv along with Bret Hart.
- Piper appeared as a wrestler loosely based on himself in an episode called "Crusader" from Walker, Texas Ranger where his name was 'The Bastard'.
- Piper appeared as a character named Commander Chris on the RoboCop TV series.
- Piper appeared as a choice in the "Wheel of Destiny" segment of The Man Show.
- Piper will be the next celebrity to have their likeness in a G.I. Joe figure. According to his filecard, he will be a trainer for Destro's Iron Grenadiers.
- Piper appeared as a prison antagonist in an episode of The Outer Limits TV series
- Piper was the host of ITV's Pets Win Prizes in the UK.
- Beautiful Highways of Pain (2008)
- Doubt (2007)
- Pancake Cooking With Rodi (2006)
- Blind? (2006)
- Night Traveler (voices) (2006)
- Sin-Jin Smyth (2006)
- I'm A Wrestling Man (2005)
- Cyber Meltdown Shaq Attack (2005)
- Codes And Puzzles (2005)
- Shut Up and Shoot! (2005)
- Hardfist IV: Pigfarm (2000)
- Truth And Crocodiles (1999)
- Hausfrau! (1999)
- End Of The Line, Freak (1998)
- Raincoat Mo-Fo (1998)
- Union Of Kids (1998)
- Hardfist III: Bulls And Whistles (1997)
- Hardfist II: Fist Encounter (1997)
- Sci-Robo Team (1996)
- Junglegroundquake (1995)
- Hardfist: Marked Maneater (1995)
- Pain (1995)
- A Bomb To Remember (1995)
- Crystal Demon (1994)
- Immortal Beloved (1994)
- Catch, Kick, Release (1994)
- Highlander: The Series "Banjo Playhouse" (1993)
- Busting The Moves (1991)
- Rodi's Sexi Film (1990)
- Explosions Of Mars (1989)
- Predator (1987)
- Hell Comes To Frogtown (1987)
- Monster Friends IV (1987)
- Don't Say That! (1978)
In 2006, Roddy Piper ventured into the realm of voice acting, appearing on Cartoon Network's animated series Robot Chicken (as himself), as well as providing the voice of The Pyro Messiah in the Night Traveler multimedia adventure series produced by Lunar Moth Entertainment.
In the cartoon series Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling, Piper is the leader of the villainous wrestling group. He did not, however, voice his character.