Roddy Piper

  • Born: 04/17/1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Birthname: Roderick George Toomb
  • Height & Weight: 6'2", 230 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWF Intercontinental Championship
  • World Tag Team Championship – with Ric Flair
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2005).

In professional wrestling, Piper was best known to international audiences for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) between 1984 and 2000. Although he was Canadian, because of his Scottish heritage he was billed as coming from Glasgow and was known for his signature kilt and bagpipe entrance music. Piper earned the nicknames “Rowdy” and “Hot Rod” by displaying his trademark “Scottish” rage, spontaneity, and quick wit. According to The Telegraph, he is “considered by many to be the greatest “heel” (or villain) wrestler ever”.

One of pro wrestling’s most recognizable stars, Piper headlined numerous pay-per-view cards, including the WWF and WCW’s respective premier annual events, WrestleMania and Starrcade. He accumulated 34 championships, and hosted the popular WWF/E interview segment “Piper’s Pit”, which facilitated numerous feuds. Piper’s biggest rival was Hulk Hogan: their mid-1980s feud – also involving “Captain” Lou Albano and singer Cyndi Lauper – is considered the beginning of “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling”. In 2005, Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Ric Flair, who dubbed him “the most gifted entertainer in the history of professional wrestling”.

Outside of wrestling, Piper acted in dozens of films and TV shows, including the lead role of John Nada in the 1988 cult classic They Live and a recurring role as deranged professional wrestler, Da’ Maniac, on the FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Notable Matches

w/ “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan & Mr. T at Wrestlemania I

vs.. Mr. T (Boxing Match) at Wrestlemania II

vs. Greg Valentine at Starrcade I

vs. The Mountie at Royal Rumble 1992

vs. Bret Hart at Wrestlemania VIII

vs. Goldust at Wrestlemania XII

vs. Hollywood Hogan at Starrcade 1996

Notable Feuds

vs. Chavo Guerrero Sr.

vs. Ric Flair

vs. Greg Valentine

vs. Hulk Hogan

vs. Mr. T

vs. Adrian Adonis

vs. Rick Rude

vs. Jimmy Snuka

vs. Bret Hart

vs. Goldust

vs. Vince Russo

Other Notable Achievements

NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship – with Big John Studd

NWA Television Championship (2 times)

NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

NWA Canadian Tag Team Championship (Vancouver version) – with Rick Martel

NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (5 times)

NWA Americas Tag Team Championship (7 times) – with Crusher Verdu (2), Adrian Adonis (1), Chavo Guerrero (1), Kengo Kimura (1), Ron Bass (1), and The Hangman (1)

NWA World Light Heavyweight Championship

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (San Francisco version)

NWA World Tag Team Championship (San Francisco version) – with Ed Wiskoski

NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship (2 times)

NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (5 times) – with Killer Tim Brooks (1), Rick Martel (3), and Mike Popovich (1)

NWA American Tag Team Championship – with Bulldog Brower