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Apparently Roddy Piper has died. 

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Terrible news. First Big Dust and now Piper. RIP Hot Rod.

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Rest in peace Hot Rod.
True legend. One of the best.

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By far one of the most entertaining ever. RIP Hot Rod!

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Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61 ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Piper -- born Roderick George Toombs -- died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday. 
Piper was a wrestling icon -- one of the biggest stars in the WWE back in the '80s, and even wrestled in "Wrestlemania I" back in 1985 ... squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. 

Roddy's rep tells us, "I am devastated at this news. Rod was a good friend as well as a client and one of the most generous, sincere and authentic people I have ever known. This is a true loss to us all."

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2006, but last November he said he was cancer free. A family source tells us he was "cancer free" at the time of his death.
A family member tells us, "Our family is saddened by the sudden passing of our father and beloved husband, Roderick Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy Piper." 
Roddy was admitted into the WWE Hall of Fame back in 2005 and was one of the top 50 villains in the history of the WWE.  

Piper had a long relationship with WWE -- last wrestling back in 2008 ... but appeared on various WWE shows up until 2014.  

Roddy is survived by his wife Kitty and their 4 kids -- including 3 daughters and son Colton who's pursuing a career in professional wrestling. 

The death is especially shocking considering we just spoke to him on Friday and asked his opinion about the Hulk Hogan scandal.


Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/31/roddy-piper-dead-dies-wwe-wrestler-cancer/#ixzz3hVs0a9JQ

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Roddy Piper.

Fucking stop already.

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Flair better watch himself.

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I thought he was over 61 yrs old

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Thanks for the entertainment and rest in peace, Rod.

Piper circa 1984 and 1985 was the best.

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RIP

 

Definitely in my 'Top 5' in terms of favorites, right there with Bruno, Flair, Superstar Billy Graham

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We are getting old.
RIP.

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beejmi wrote: RIP

 

Definitely in my 'Top 5' in terms of favorites, right there with Bruno, Flair, Superstar Billy Graham


Definitely in my Top 3 when it comes to pro wrestling.  
Everybody talks about Hogan being the person who moved wrestling into the mainstream. Piper deserves some of that credit, also.  
So young in years, but his cocaine usage was legendary in the 80's even for pro wrestling standards. 

RIP  R.P. (The Legend Killer)

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Thank God for VHS and DVD so we can all remember his awesomeness...Rest In Paradise Roddy!




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Tough one here.  He's on my WWE Mt. Rushmore.

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FRATS!!

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Hot tag and God is cleaning house!

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Yet, Jimmy Snuka is still alive.

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RIP Roddy Piper

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Savage Warrior Dusty and now Piper. How the fuck are Hogan and Flair still alive.

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WongLee wrote: Yet, Jimmy Snuka is still alive.
...and Jake Roberts, Scott Hall and Sunny.

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Such a great guy. I can't say enough good about him. Went out of his way to take care of fans at meet-and-greets. He will be missed.

The first wrestler I really hated, but by the 1990s, he was one of my favorites.

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It's the elephant in the room, but do the doctors really know what years of steroid and cocaine abuse does to the heart? Yes, Piper was on the juice in the mid 80s. He definitely "bulked up", as all the boys did. Not going to crucify him over that.

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Rest In Peace Hot Rod.  I enjoyed your work in wrestling and love They Live and Body Slam. 



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I've been thinking about this one a lot tonight since the news ruined my dinner.  This is probably the big one for me.  I was a fan of wrestling when I was really young at the tail end of the Backlund days and into the beginning of Hulkamania, and I always say that my first favorite wrestler was Masked Superstar, but I was still very much a casual fan then.  It's safe to say that I became obsessed with wrestling in 1985-1986 and it was because of one guy and one guy only: Roddy Piper.  If he wasn't in the WWF at the time, I don't know if I would've stuck with it as I got older.  I would look forward all week to a 3 minute segment of Piper's Pit and that was pretty much the highlight of the shows to me. 

I always cheered for the heels as a kid and was excited when Piper finally turned face, and everything surrounding the build-up to Piper-Adonis at WMIII, all those Pit and Flower Shop segments, basically stand out as my favorite stuff.  I lost my voice cheering for Piper at WMIII even though I was only watching on closed circuit TV, about 1,500 miles from where the event was taking place, and the match in retrospect was a 7-minute clunker, but at the time that was what I was there to see, not Hogan-Andre or even Savage-Steamboat.  I still remember that "last" Pit where he took the pictures off the set and they played the "My Way" music video, the first great WWF video I ever saw.          

It was sad when he lost his mic skills around the time of his WCW comeback, but I'll always remember him as the best talker in the history of the business, and even as crazy as he got in later years, I always enjoyed the very genuine sense of danger and absolute batshit craziness that he gave off, even right to the end on Legends House when he wandered off into the night for no particular reason and I figured that it couldn't be scripted because it's just too crazy for anyone to think of scripting. 

R.I.P. Hot Rod.  It's officially the end of an era where no one else in wrestling, or in any other walk of life, will ever be allowed to do or say half the shit you got away with. 

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I can already tell that the media storm on this will eclipse the coverage for Dusty, which was remarkable in and of itself.  Adding to that is the fact that Ronda Rousey has a very hyped fight tomorrow night, and every sports outlet in the world has picked up on her tweet that she's dedicating it to the man whose nickname she took (and asked permission to use).

"Thank you for the name.... And so much more.... Will do it justice and do you proud tomorrow.... This one's for you Roddy...."

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So does this get Hogan back in the fold in record time? Enough of this PC shit, Hogan certainly has to be a huge part of every tribute and retrospective thst WWE airs on Piper over the next 2 weeks, including new interviews. Let's grow up and be serious here.  It's slightly heartening that even the biggest degenerates that make up the mainstream media are printing Hogan's quotes without mentioning his recent scandal. 

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srossi wrote: So does this get Hogan back in the fold in record time? Enough of this PC shit, Hogan certainly has to be a huge part of every tribute and retrospective thst WWE airs on Piper over the next 2 weeks, including new interviews. Let's grow up and be serious here.  It's slightly heartening that even the biggest degenerates that make up the mainstream media are printing Hogan's quotes without mentioning his recent scandal. 
I doubt it. Too soon.

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srossi wrote: I've been thinking about this one a lot tonight since the news ruined my dinner.   

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srossi wrote: So does this get Hogan back in the fold in record time? Enough of this PC shit, Hogan certainly has to be a huge part of every tribute and retrospective thst WWE airs on Piper over the next 2 weeks, including new interviews. Let's grow up and be serious here.  It's slightly heartening that even the biggest degenerates that make up the mainstream media are printing Hogan's quotes without mentioning his recent scandal.
Yeah I'll be very interested in seeing how this plays out.  Kinda hard to do any Piper tribute stuff avoiding Hulk.

I would think Hulk will be at the funeral with a large number of HOFers, Legends, and of course Vince himself.

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My first introduction to Roddy we're the crazy promos he did for a match with Buzz Sawyer in Georgia. I had read plenty about him in PWI and was anxious to see him. He certainly lived up to the hype. 

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First time I saw Piper was late 81-82 when he was a commentator on Georgia Championship Wrestling. Next time I saw him was when he came to WWF. Read about him in PWI. I remember that bloody picture they showed of Piper's Ear.

I think Piper's Pit is what made Piper in the WWF. The guy hardly wrestled on TV, but his mouth made the fans want to see the faces punch his lights out. With out the Pit I don't think he would became as big as he did.

The Pit was Must watch TV. Everything could happen on a pit.

Piper had a hand in almost all the Big Angles between 84-87. The Rock and Wrestling connection started on Piper's Pit. Andre The Giant turned on Hogan on the Pit.

I saw Piper wrestle only once in 84 it was in a tag match with Cowboy Bob vs Sunka & Tonga Kid. Piper and Cowboy all most started a riot because they hurt the kid's leg and had to be stretched out.

He was to Wrestle Hogan in Hershey in 85. The story line is Bobby The Brain paid Piper to give up the shot so Studd could have it. So the match was changed. Find out way later the real reason was so he could wrestle in Portland.

I say Piper is the best Heel ever since I started watching wrestling. Also without Piper Wrestlemania would not have done as good as it did.

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Bret Hart

I can't find the words to describe the sorrow in my heart upon learning the news of my dear friend, Roddy Piper, passing away. He was my closest friend in the business, a man that schooled me and guided me throughout my career. In fact, if it wasn't for Roddy Piper reaching out to help me, I'm sure I would've been a mere footnote in wrestling. He was always there for me. He was family to me, a brother who loved me and was there for me through my darkest days. He was the only wrestler to come visit me when I suffered a stroke in 2002. He totally made me at Wrestlemania 8 in our classic match. Passing a torch that many from that era couldn't conceive of doing. We always called each other "cuz" because we were so close. I loved you Roddy, and I'll miss you and your laugh for the rest of my days. I'm stunned and the hole in my heart will widen as it sinks in that I lost a brother of such great worth. What a tragic loss to all that knew him.

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We've shared the ring, traveled the world, maintained a friendship throughout the ups and downs of the wrestling world, and battled to see who was the better heel. It's almost impossible to express my grief. My condolences to his children and to his wife Kitty. I'll miss you Roddy. The world will never be as Rowdy without you.

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Hulk Hogan tells TMZ Sports ... he's devastated over the news of his friend Roddy Piper -- saying, "I will forever miss him."

"He was my best friend. He is a legend."

Hogan adds, "God's gain is our loss. May his family in this time of need, find peace. Much love forever, HH."

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/07/31/hulk-hogan-roddy-piper-was-my-best-friend-ill-miss-him/#ixzz3hZOLxQYz

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I was lucky to see Piper right at the beginning of his career in Los Angeles from the weekly NYC UHF Canal 41 Olympic show. He was young and skinny and just used to beat the piss out of Chavo Classic who was the Hulk Hogan of SoCal wrestling by 1976. I hated him with a passion. The Hispanic audience hated him with a passion. Piper was definitely doing something right.

His '84 - '85 WWF run was incredible. I don't think he did the job for anyone even though he had some very high profile feuds with Hogan, Snuka, and Sammartino. For a heel to keep his heat white hot over two years and rarely if ever job will probably never be seen again.

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I got 3 texts last night from friends who I wouldn't even say were wrestling fans about Roddy.  That tells me he had a huge impact beyond the casual fan.  I got none about Dusty.

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WongLee wrote: I don't think he did the job for anyone even though he had some very high profile feuds with Hogan, Snuka, and Sammartino.
He was clean pinned, 1-2-3 in St. Louis after taking a flying crossbody from the top rope by Jimmy Snuka in St. Louis, 1984.  The entire match was on the Best of the WWF Vol 3 and can probably be seen on YouTube.  Other than that one-off, I think you're right - he didn't get pinned in his first WWF run, and that includes his run with Hogan.

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Qaenos wrote: WongLee wrote: I don't think he did the job for anyone even though he had some very high profile feuds with Hogan, Snuka, and Sammartino.
He was clean pinned, 1-2-3 in St. Louis after taking a flying crossbody from the top rope by Jimmy Snuka in St. Louis, 1984.  The entire match was on the Best of the WWF Vol 3 and can probably be seen on YouTube.  Other than that one-off, I think you're right - he didn't get pinned in his first WWF run, and that includes his run with Hogan.

There's a long thread on this in the results section from years ago. I'm not sure if that Snuka loss was his only pinfall loss, but we certainly didn't come up with more than 1 or 2 more. He never jobbed to Higan by pinfall, which is sorta amazing. 

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WongLee wrote: Yet, Jimmy Snuka is still alive.
Nancy Argentino could not be reached for comment. 

Saw bits and pieces of Piper in Mid-Atlantic, via Maple Leaf Wrestling, but it wasn't until his arrival in the WWF that I got a chance to truly enjoy his work, and fortunately for me (and so many others) he upped his game to amazing heights.  Over the course of his career, Flair was a better heel, but for a year and half after arriving at Titan, Roddy blew him and everyone else out of the water.  I'd say he had more charisma than Hulk Hogan during 1984-85. 

Yeah, it's all over the news today but if one week ago you'd asked 100 guys 40-50 years old "who smashed a coconut over Jimmy Snuka's head?" I'd say 80-90 of them would have given you the correct answer without hesitation.  He was a cultural marker for a certain generation. 

And for the record, I still think his TNT segment where he dissected the Snuka angle and then belted Lord Al into next week was his greatest moment. 

 

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KGB wrote: WongLee wrote: Yet, Jimmy Snuka is still alive.
Nancy Argentino could not be reached for comment.
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Qaenos wrote: WongLee wrote: I don't think he did the job for anyone even though he had some very high profile feuds with Hogan, Snuka, and Sammartino.
He was clean pinned, 1-2-3 in St. Louis after taking a flying crossbody from the top rope by Jimmy Snuka in St. Louis, 1984.  The entire match was on the Best of the WWF Vol 3 and can probably be seen on YouTube.  Other than that one-off, I think you're right - he didn't get pinned in his first WWF run, and that includes his run with Hogan.

Was this some type of strap match or something?

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I believe it was a strap match & Ventura did some very serious and calm commentary on it. He narrated it like it was a life or death situation If I am remembering it correctly

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Bob Orton talking about the Hot Rod

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Close-friend-Orton-remembers-Pro-Wrestling-Legend-Roddy-Piper-in-South-Bend-320405992.html

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I still have the question of who decided to put Orton and Piper together.   That was an extraordinary decision.   Piper with the great mic skills being teamed with a great technical wrestler like Orton.  
Some have said it was Piper's idea while others have credited Geirge Scott with the idea.  
Whomever came up with it; it was great thinking.  

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First time I saw Piper live was at the Cow Palace in the 70's vs MoonDog Mayne. Piper wouldn't start wrestling until he got silence to play his bagpipes. Piper was awarded the belt when both the shoulders of Mayne and Piper were on the mat when ref counted. After a few days of protest and video review they couldn't tell who pinned who so belt was upheld until rematch. Unfortunately Mayne died before the rematch.

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WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper will be laid to rest in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday 8/12. That is the day after WWE is in the market for a Smackdown taping, so the services are likely being delayed so those who work for the company can attend.

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WongLee wrote: Yet, Jimmy Snuka is still alive.
Errrrr..............ummmmmmmmmm.............
 
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2538164-jimmy-snuka-diagnosed-with-stomach-cancer-wife-carole-reveals-to-bill-apter

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I have not seen Hairpin-AH post on this board for awhile. I was wondering his opinion is of how the passing of RP will impact the cult of frags from the old Piper message board.

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Grantland obit:

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/rowdy-roddy-piper-obituary-remembrance-wwe-professional-wrestling-hulk-hogan-andre-the-giant-wrestlemania-3-jimmy-superfly-snuka/

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The whole War to settle the score special on MTV

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x28m4jp_kayfabe-corner-special-presentation-wwf-hulk-hogan-vs-rowdy-roddy-piper-the-war-to-settle-the-score_fun

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This really sucks. Even though I found out about his death when every one else did,  it wasn't until I watched the WWE tribute video that Brian posted above that it really hit me that he is gone. Young fans today do not know how good guys like us had it. Those of us old enough to have watched 30 or so years ago. Guys like Piper, Orton, Muraco, Adonis, Hogan, Snuka, Orndorff, Andre, Shultz, I can go on and on. We had it good as fans. Just Piper's Pit alone...I mean come on....what can I say?

Rest In Peace Roddy Piper

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OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2015

**MEDIA ALERT**

Private Roddy Piper Memorial at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, Planned for August 17, 2015

A private memorial is in the works for beloved pro-wrestler, actor and comedian “Rowdy” Roddy Piper who passed away last week at his home in Hollywood, California. Set to take place Monday, August 17th at The Comedy Store, this private memorial will include friends from all facets of Roddy Piper’s life and career which ran the gamut of wrestling, acting, stand up comedy, live and broadcast TV, film and numerous business and charitable ventures. His closest friends/colleagues in L.A. will share stories and experiences about Roddy over the years.

Organizer and Roddy Piper friend, comic Steve Simeone said of the event “The Comedy Store is the adopted home of so many ‘comic orphans’ and Roddy became like a dad or big brother to all of us. He became family. I wanted to have a get together where we could get up and share our favorite stories about this incredible man who we all love and will miss greatly. This is a night for Roddy’s friends to celebrate what a great friend he was to all of us.”

Roddy Piper’s daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs had this to say about the memorial, “I know a lot of friends who will appreciate something like this in L.A., especially because the funeral will be up in Oregon and a lot of folks won't be able to make that trip. It means a lot that Steve and the Comedy Store family are putting this together.” Pro-wrestling & Mixed Martial Arts agent, producer and longtime friend of Piper, Rick Bassman commented, “Roddy’s sudden death has hit all in the pro-wrestling and fight world pretty hard. I’m very grateful that the Comedy Store is doing this for our friend, and we intend to go the distance to insure that Roddy is remembered in a manner which would make him proud.” Helping to organize this send off is Mitch Ackerman, Roddy’s best friend who remarked, “I appreciate all the love and support from all the friends and fans of Roddy's. Other than Madison Square Garden I don't think there is a more appropriate place to have this memorial than at the Comedy Store”

The Toombs family invites the worldwide public who can’t attend Roderick George Toombs’ private funeral or memorial to a moment of silence, planned for the same day and time as Piper’s private funeral, August 11th at 10:30 am PST.

Details here: http://j.mp/RoddyPiper_MomentOfSilence

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Qaenos wrote: WongLee wrote: I don't think he did the job for anyone even though he had some very high profile feuds with Hogan, Snuka, and Sammartino.
He was clean pinned, 1-2-3 in St. Louis after taking a flying crossbody from the top rope by Jimmy Snuka in St. Louis, 1984.  The entire match was on the Best of the WWF Vol 3 and can probably be seen on YouTube.  Other than that one-off, I think you're right - he didn't get pinned in his first WWF run, and that includes his run with Hogan.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x12d9r2_best-of-the-wwf-vol-3-1-2_sport

It is the first match. 

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bpickering wrote: OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2015

**MEDIA ALERT**

Private Roddy Piper Memorial at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, Planned for August 17, 2015

A private memorial is in the works for beloved pro-wrestler, actor and comedian “Rowdy” Roddy Piper who passed away last week at his home in Hollywood, California. Set to take place Monday, August 17th at The Comedy Store, this private memorial will include friends from all facets of Roddy Piper’s life and career which ran the gamut of wrestling, acting, stand up comedy, live and broadcast TV, film and numerous business and charitable ventures. His closest friends/colleagues in L.A. will share stories and experiences about Roddy over the years.

Organizer and Roddy Piper friend, comic Steve Simeone said of the event “The Comedy Store is the adopted home of so many ‘comic orphans’ and Roddy became like a dad or big brother to all of us. He became family. I wanted to have a get together where we could get up and share our favorite stories about this incredible man who we all love and will miss greatly. This is a night for Roddy’s friends to celebrate what a great friend he was to all of us.”

Roddy Piper’s daughter, actress Ariel Teal Toombs had this to say about the memorial, “I know a lot of friends who will appreciate something like this in L.A., especially because the funeral will be up in Oregon and a lot of folks won't be able to make that trip. It means a lot that Steve and the Comedy Store family are putting this together.” Pro-wrestling & Mixed Martial Arts agent, producer and longtime friend of Piper, Rick Bassman commented, “Roddy’s sudden death has hit all in the pro-wrestling and fight world pretty hard. I’m very grateful that the Comedy Store is doing this for our friend, and we intend to go the distance to insure that Roddy is remembered in a manner which would make him proud.” Helping to organize this send off is Mitch Ackerman, Roddy’s best friend who remarked, “I appreciate all the love and support from all the friends and fans of Roddy's. Other than Madison Square Garden I don't think there is a more appropriate place to have this memorial than at the Comedy Store”

The Toombs family invites the worldwide public who can’t attend Roderick George Toombs’ private funeral or memorial to a moment of silence, planned for the same day and time as Piper’s private funeral, August 11th at 10:30 am PST.

Details here: http://j.mp/RoddyPiper_MomentOfSilence

Unclear if this is open to the public, but I'm going to miss it by 1 day.  I fly out to L.A. on Aug. 18.  I really would've made an effort to go to this if I was in town.

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By far the coolest Piper tribute. MSG puts him on the marquee one last time.

https://twitter.com/TheGarden/status/628220587534602240/photo/1

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Bob Barnett just posted on Facebook that Rob Feinstein is being accused that he bought a bunch of Roddy Piper print portraits at Fanfest over the weekend, then showed up a couple hours later and started selling them miraculously with Piper's signatures on them.


The guy who sold them to RF called him out on his Facebook page and RF deleted him and anyone else who posted about it.


Barnett now said he won't rest until RF is finished lol. This should provide us some good entertainment for awhile.

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carpetbeggar wrote: Bob Barnett just posted on Facebook that Rob Feinstein is being accused that he bought a bunch of Roddy Piper print portraits at Fanfest over the weekend, then showed up a couple hours later and started selling them miraculously with Piper's signatures on them.


The guy who sold them to RF called him out on his Facebook page and RF deleted him and anyone else who posted about it.


Barnett now said he won't rest until RF is finished lol. This should provide us some good entertainment for awhile.

Wow - that's not only extremely low, that's also extremely stupid.  To me, that's something worthy of it's own thread.  I'm curious to see what happens because of it.

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Numerologists will point out that the initials R.P. are the 18th and 16th letters of the alphabet. Despite the capitalized versions of each looking nearly identical, you cannot pretend they are the same.

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Was just pondering something....was it Wrestlemania 6 or 7 that is considered the "cursed" mania? I believe it was WM6. Add Dusty and Piper to the list...up to 14 now.

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Blazer wrote: Was just pondering something....was it Wrestlemania 6 or 7 that is considered the "cursed" mania? I believe it was WM6. Add Dusty and Piper to the list...up to 14 now.
It's funny, because I believe WM VI is the so called "cursed" one, but WM VII isn't any better.  By my calcs, 14 of the 41 who participated in some form at WM VI are dead (34%), while 32% (15 of 47) of those that were at WM VII are dead.  

Here's the list:
At both WM VI and VII:  Andre, Bossman, Earthquake, Hercules, Perfect, Piper, Savage, Sherri, Warrior
At WM VI but not at VII:  Bad News Brown, Elizabeth, Rhodes, Rude, Sapphire
At WM VII but not at VI:  Paul Bearer, Bravo, Bulldog, Crush, Hawk, Kerry von Erich

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Actually Bravo worked WM6. I miscounted originally because I forgot about Bad News. I think the count for WM6 is 15.

Not to be crass, but skimming down the lineup, there are a few guys that are in bad shape now (Heenan and Superfly, perhaps Jake). Crazy sad.

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Blazer wrote: Actually Bravo worked WM6. I miscounted originally because I forgot about Bad News. I think the count for WM6 is 15.

Not to be crass, but skimming down the lineup, there are a few guys that are in bad shape now (Heenan and Superfly, perhaps Jake). Crazy sad.

It was also 25 years ago now and some of those guys weren't even that young then. At s certain point it becomes less surprising when everyone dies. Everyone who played in the 1905 World Series is dead now, but I don't consider the event cursed. 

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srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: Actually Bravo worked WM6. I miscounted originally because I forgot about Bad News. I think the count for WM6 is 15.

Not to be crass, but skimming down the lineup, there are a few guys that are in bad shape now (Heenan and Superfly, perhaps Jake). Crazy sad.

It was also 25 years ago now and some of those guys weren't even that young then. At s certain point it becomes less surprising when everyone dies. Everyone who played in the 1905 World Series is dead now, but I don't consider the event cursed. 

There's a world of difference between what your saying and the reality of the situation.  Haven't done the math, but the average age of the deceased from WM VI and VII is probably somewhere around 45.  It's not like these guys and ladies passed away peacefully in their sleep in the old folks home.  Hell, I think Dusty lived the longest of the crew, and he was only 69.  Piper's probably second, and he was only 61.  Two months ago, the average was probably closer to 41 or 42.  
Point is, it seems to me hard living/other poor life decisions had more to do with the death of this 20 rather than simply the passage of time.

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srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: Actually Bravo worked WM6. I miscounted originally because I forgot about Bad News. I think the count for WM6 is 15.

Not to be crass, but skimming down the lineup, there are a few guys that are in bad shape now (Heenan and Superfly, perhaps Jake). Crazy sad.

It was also 25 years ago now and some of those guys weren't even that young then. At s certain point it becomes less surprising when everyone dies. Everyone who played in the 1905 World Series is dead now, but I don't consider the event cursed. 

I totally understand what you're saying.  As a point of reference, however, SuperBowl 24 (same year, 1990), had 44 players in the starting lineups, and only one of them has passed away.

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Blazer wrote: srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: Actually Bravo worked WM6. I miscounted originally because I forgot about Bad News. I think the count for WM6 is 15.

Not to be crass, but skimming down the lineup, there are a few guys that are in bad shape now (Heenan and Superfly, perhaps Jake). Crazy sad.

It was also 25 years ago now and some of those guys weren't even that young then. At s certain point it becomes less surprising when everyone dies. Everyone who played in the 1905 World Series is dead now, but I don't consider the event cursed. 

I totally understand what you're saying.  As a point of reference, however, SuperBowl 24 (same year, 1990), had 44 players in the starting lineups, and only one of them has passed away.

Wrestling is real, football is fake.;)

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote: srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: Actually Bravo worked WM6. I miscounted originally because I forgot about Bad News. I think the count for WM6 is 15.

Not to be crass, but skimming down the lineup, there are a few guys that are in bad shape now (Heenan and Superfly, perhaps Jake). Crazy sad.

It was also 25 years ago now and some of those guys weren't even that young then. At s certain point it becomes less surprising when everyone dies. Everyone who played in the 1905 World Series is dead now, but I don't consider the event cursed. 

There's a world of difference between what your saying and the reality of the situation.  Haven't done the math, but the average age of the deceased from WM VI and VII is probably somewhere around 45.  It's not like these guys and ladies passed away peacefully in their sleep in the old folks home.  Hell, I think Dusty lived the longest of the crew, and he was only 69.  Piper's probably second, and he was only 61.  Two months ago, the average was probably closer to 41 or 42.  
Point is, it seems to me hard living/other poor life decisions had more to do with the death of this 20 rather than simply the passage of time.

It was just a joke. Not based on how many died within like 10 years of the show but how more are obviously going to continue to die until everyone is dead. 

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Angelic Assassin wrote: Blazer wrote: srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: Actually Bravo worked WM6. I miscounted originally because I forgot about Bad News. I think the count for WM6 is 15.

Not to be crass, but skimming down the lineup, there are a few guys that are in bad shape now (Heenan and Superfly, perhaps Jake). Crazy sad.

It was also 25 years ago now and some of those guys weren't even that young then. At s certain point it becomes less surprising when everyone dies. Everyone who played in the 1905 World Series is dead now, but I don't consider the event cursed. 

I totally understand what you're saying.  As a point of reference, however, SuperBowl 24 (same year, 1990), had 44 players in the starting lineups, and only one of them has passed away.

Wrestling is real, football is fake.;)

Actually, there may have been more steroids being shot into asses in the NFL than in wrestling at the time.  The thing that destroyed wrestlers was the travel.

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The average life expectancy for football players appears to be mid to late 50's.

Came across this where Matty Shitbird(can't be his real name) did a study of the 250 most recent wrestler deaths.   This only goes up to 2006 so in all likelihood the numbers are a little different:

http://198.66.194.52/PWDW/Stats.htm


In comparison, MLB  players life expectancy  was somewhere in the neighborhood of high 70's to low 80's.  Saw a study somewhere but can't find it right now.


Travel would certainly be a factor for wrestlers as well as the unbelievable schedules many kayfabe era wrestlers kept up.  With little or nothing to do on the road but wrestle and drink and the need to be able to perform every night, injured or not due to no insurance, drugs became one of the major food groups for many wrestlers.


Still, as has been pointed out none of these guys are getting any younger.  Even if the drop dead date for the end of kayfabe was 1990, say, that 25 years ago.  So even the wrestlers we watched who were in their prime at say 30 would be 55+ now.

Very sad that such iconic wrestling figures as Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper, Randy savage are gone but it's just going to keep happening and unfortunately it likely won't be that long from now that some of the guys we are watching at this moment will leave us.

The saddest part is that you can probably name on one hand(or maybe you can't) the wrestler's of today who have the kind of impact that so many of the kayfabe era had on us.  

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I tend to believe some of drug related deaths in wrestling would have happened whether they were wrestlers or not just like druggie deaths in music industry would have happened whether they had bankable talent or not. Some people are destined for that road regardless of occupation

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To shill our website a bit, you can see the average age of all participants of any show. That is of course if we have all birthdays and if those are correct. Those stupid battle royals mess up the average nowadays, I tell you.

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Angelic Assassin wrote: Matty Shitbird(can't be his real name)

Sure it can. Clearly he's native american

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Over half of the 1955 Indianapolis 500 starting line-up - 18 out of 33 - was killed racing or qualifying. That's quite the stat. Including seven of the first eight; the eighth suffered debilitating brain damage in a racing crash.

The guy in ninth died of cancer aged 41.

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TMZ is reporting this morning that the heart attack that killed Roddy Piper on July 31 was caused by pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in his lungs.

Piper had suffered from High Blood Pressure for years and that very may have played a part in the clot.

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bpickering wrote: TMZ is reporting this morning that the heart attack that killed Roddy Piper on July 31 was caused by pulmonary embolism (blood clot) in his lungs.


from tmz.com:

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper suffered a fatal heart attack brought on by a blood clot in his lungs, reports TMZ, which has obtained a copy of the WWE star's death certificate.

The document states that Piper, who passed away at 61, had a pulmonary embolism (a blood clot) that triggered a heart attack.

The clot, explains the death certificate, was likely brought on by the fact that Piper suffered from hypertension for years, which caused chronic high blood pressure that may have resulted in clotting.

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Saw this PSA on an ROH show, just weeks before his death.



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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I saw that PSA on the ROH show that aired last Saturday morning on the Seattle ABC station I get.

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He looks healthy there...sucks even more.



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