Roderick Toombs

Roderick Toombs


4/17/1954, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Birth Name

Roderick George Toombs



Also Known As

Rowdy Roddy Piper, Roddy Piper, The Piper Machine, Hot Rod, The Masked Canadian
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Roderick Toombs is an Canadian professional wrestler of Scottish descent better known as "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
Roddy Piper has been a long time mainstay in the WWE. He was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWE/WWF during the early 80's, before becoming a fan favorite in…more


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  • The review is filled with memories and thoughts pertaining to the greatest of all time; The Hot Rod, Rowdy Roddy Piper.

    Rowdy Piper is by far the best of all time. His talent, charisma, and ability to read the audience has never been matched, let alone surpassed. As a heel in wrestling, he could easily make the crowd forget they were booing him. Such was the case, in Wrestlemania 2 when he boxed Mr. T. In the second round, everyone began chanting “Roddy,” over and over again, despite the fact that they were supposed to despise him, and that is just one small part of what makes him great.

    His segment, Piper’s Pit was the reason so many tuned in to watch. He could insult other wrestlers, the audience, and just about everything that one holds dear, yet he did so with such charm and a look of innocence that fans came in droves to witness it. He would say things, that if any other had uttered something half as offensive, would have been loathed; but like everything else Piper made it work. It wasn’t just what he said, it was how he said it. The smirk that could be seen in the corner of his mouth and the gleam in his eye that revealed he was trying to get the crowd riled; and oh, did he deliver!

    Once in awhile, we are graced with his return to pro-wrestling (which are the only times I ever tune in) and with him he brings the fondest memories of why we loved wrestling to begin with. For those who miss Rowdy’s rampage in the ring, or for those who aren’t old enough to be familiar with it, Piper has written a fantastic book that everyone, wrestling devotee or not, should read. Visit his website, and one can even get an autographed copy, while they last. What more could one ask for?

    He was recently and deservingly inducted into the Hall of Fame, but the WWE (as it is begrudgingly known as now) owes him much more. The conditions he was forced to work in to keep his job saddens me. He gave up so much to bring his fans 110% each night, and that has never been made up to him, nor could it be, but at the very least his vision of how the world of pro-wrestling could improve, without question, should be implemented. He lost many of his friends, and the fans lost many superstars, and it was unnecessary! I hope that the Rowdy One is given the respect he rightfully deserves, and a union to protect wrestlers is put in place.

    In a perfect world, Jay Leno would retire and Piper would take over for the next ion or two. Ratings would sky-rocket and the people would actually have an interesting show to watch, but something tells me that the powers-that-be aren’t smart enough to realize the goldmine they have in Rowdy, and that the fans will continually be denied his regular presence.