Friday, July 31, 2015

Rest in Peace Roddy Piper

By Kevin Hunsperger
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Most of you have probably already seen it, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61.  According to TMZ, cardiac arrest is the cause of death.  Piper is survived by his wife Kitty and four children.  My thoughts and prayers go out to them, his friends and his fans.  

Piper vs. Hogan
Chad got to meet Roddy a few years ago in Los Angeles.  We plan to do Monday's My 1-2-3 Cents Podcast in the memory of Hot Rod.  He's one of those guys who drew me into wrestling in those early years.  His feuds with Jimmy Snuka, Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant in thearly days of the WWF national uprising are what made fans love the sport.

The coconut smash
Piper's Pit is hands down the greatest wrestling talk show segment ever.  The coconut smashing, the shaving of Haiti Kid's head and Piper destroying the Flower Shop are just a few of my favorite moments.  He made the Rock 'N Wrestling Connection work.  Even though I cheered for Hogan back then, I recognized without Hot Rod, they'd be no Hulkamania.

IC title win!
When he turned good, I jumped on the Piper bandwagon even more.  His battles with everyone from Adrian Adonis to Rick Rude to his real life buddy Ric Flair were all memorable.  I hated it when he left WWE and signed with WCW, but I still enjoyed listening to him talk and get in their to do battle.  I was happy that he and Flair had a run as tag team champions in 2006. 

We'll share more memories Monday.  Until then, share your memories here.  God speed Hot Rod.

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