In The Pit With Piper by Rowdy Roddy PiperHere, in his own words, is the story of one of the greatest wrestlers ever-Rowdy Roddy Piper. The bagpipe-playing legend gets down and dirty about the world of professional wrestling-and his own career.
He takes readers back to his life as a teenage runaway and his first match, when he stepped into the ring for $25. He recalls his triumph as the youngest World Light Heavyweight Champion, and how he helped make the World Wrestling Federation the phenomenon it is today with little more than a microphone stand and a bow tie.
From a man who joined the game long before it emerged as big-time entertainment comes a story that tells it like it is-and thats filled with as much excitement as the jam-packed arenas where he fought his fiercest foes.
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Throughout the years he loved giving time volunteering as a celebrity during fundraisers but even more so, just stopping by to roam the halls and chat with the children. He shared with his family how those kids were the real heroes and what they gave him was far more than they ever realized.
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Although he was Canadian, because of his Scottish heritage he was falsely billed as coming from Glasgow and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. According to The Daily Telegraph , he is "considered by many to be the greatest ' heel ' or villain wrestler ever". Piper's biggest rival was Hulk Hogan :  their mids feud — also involving "Captain" Lou Albano and singer Cyndi Lauper — is considered the beginning of " Rock 'n' Wrestling ". Outside of wrestling, Piper acted in dozens of films and TV shows, most notably taking the lead role of John Nada in the cult classic They Live  and a recurring role as a deranged professional wrestler called Da' Maniac on the FX comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. After being expelled from junior high for having a switchblade in school  and falling out with his father, Toombs left home and stayed in youth hostels.
Piper died on July 31 from a heart attack at the age of 61, less than a year after beating cancer. It also includes never-before-seen footage of 'Hot Rod', who main-evented the very first Wrestlemania at Madison Square Garden in an unforgettable Tag Team match with Paul Orndorff against Hogan and Mr T in a bout that featured Muhammad Ali as the special guest referee. It was important for me to connect with Roddy's wife, Kitty Toombs, for input on this project. The film is available to stream now at www. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital, a hospital which had 'a special place in Roddy's heart'. His wife said: "This is Roddy, candid, serious and at times laughing at himself as he digs into some of the psychology and experiences that propelled him in and out of the wrestling arena.
Roderick George Toombs April 17, — July 31, , better known by his ring name "Rowdy" Roddy Piper , was a Canadian professional wrestler and film actor. In professional wrestling, he is best known for his work with WWE. Although he is Canadian, due to his Scottish heritage, he was billed as coming from Glasgow in Scotland and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. He earned the nickname "Rowdy" by displaying his trademark "Scottish" rage, spontaneity and quick wit, and despite being a crowd favorite for his rockstar-like persona, often played the villain; he was also nicknamed "Hot Rod". He was never a world champion, but he accumulated thirty-four championships in various promotions during his career. Toombs was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba.