36 Facts About Rowdy Roddy Piper

1. Rowdy Roddy Piper was cremated, and his ashes were scattered over his home at Gaston, Oregon.

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2. Rowdy Roddy Piper was a great wrestler, a masterful entertainer and a good friend.

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3. On July 31, 2015, Rowdy Roddy Piper died in his sleep at the age of 61 at his home in Hollywood, California.

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4. Rowdy Roddy Piper was in Saints Row 4, as an ally for the Player.

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5. Rowdy Roddy Piper played himself as the protagonist in the 2013 film Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies.

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6. In 2012, Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared on a Season 4 episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories, in which he conveyed a story of being visited by the ghost of Adrian Adonis.

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7. Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared as Mr Thurgood in the low-budget film The Mystical Adventures of Billy Owens in 2008 and its sequel Billy Owens and the Secret of the Runes in 2010.

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8. Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, as professional wrestler named "Da' Maniac" during season 5 and reprised this role in season 9.

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9. Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared in an episode of The Outer Limits series.

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10. Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared as a wrestler loosely based on himself in an episode called "Crusader" from Walker, Texas Ranger.

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11. Rowdy Roddy Piper was a guest on a 1985 Saturday Night Live episode, tormenting hosts Hulk Hogan and Mr T, and appeared as a special guest on MADtv along with Bret Hart.

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12. The most famous of Rowdy Roddy Piper's acting exploits was in the 1988 science fiction film They Live, directed by John Carpenter, which spawned the catchphrase Piper came up with—"I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass.

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13. On January 29, 2011, Rowdy Roddy Piper made his debut for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla during the WrestleReunion 5 weekend, defeating nineteen other men, last eliminating Terry Funk, to win the Legends Battle Royal.

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14. In early July 2015, Ric Flair said Rowdy Roddy Piper lost his WWE Legends contract with the company because of a public feud with Steve Austin, which resulted in Piper leaving PodcastOne.

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15. In 2008, Rowdy Roddy Piper made a surprise appearance in the Royal Rumble match by attacking Jimmy Snuka, but was eliminated by Kane.

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16. Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared on the Raw Family Reunion, along with Money Inc and Arn Anderson to accompany Ric Flair ringside for a match against Mitch of the Spirit Squad.

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17. In October and November 2005, Rowdy Roddy Piper feuded with Cowboy Bob Orton and Randy Orton, after they attacked him during a session of Piper's Pit with Mick Foley.

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18. On February 21, 2005, it was announced that Rowdy Roddy Piper was to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

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19. At the 1998 Spring Stampede pay-per-view, Rowdy Roddy Piper teamed with The Giant in a loss to Hogan and Nash in a Baseball Bat on a Pole match.

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20. Rowdy Roddy Piper joined World Championship Wrestling in the fall of 1996.

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21. Rowdy Roddy Piper wrestled twice more against the Kid on house shows that month.

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22. In spring 1994, Rowdy Roddy Piper began hosting a regular weekly segment on All-American Wrestling called "The Bottom Line" where he commented on various happenings in the WWF, as well as on his feud with Lawler.

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23. Rowdy Roddy Piper wrestled as a fan favorite, and adding to the face attitude by donating part of his purse from the fight with Lawler to a children's hospital in Ontario.

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24. Rowdy Roddy Piper made his return playing the bagpipes at SummerSlam.

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25. Rowdy Roddy Piper spent weeks crashing Adonis' show and trading insults, leading to a "showdown" between the two segments that ended with Piper being assaulted and humiliated by Adonis, Orton, and Don Muraco, resulting in Piper's face turn.

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26. Rowdy Roddy Piper insulted Bruno Sammartino during a Rowdy Roddy Piper's Pit segment, which led to a feud that ended in a steel cage match which Piper lost.

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27. Rowdy Roddy Piper was given his own interview segment called Piper's Pit on Championship Wrestling and Wrestling at the Chase in 1984, starting a run of the segment that ended in 1987.

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28. Rowdy Roddy Piper debuted in the WWF as a manager because of injuries he suffered during a dog-collar match at Starrcade; he managed "Dr D" David Schultz and "Mr Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, eventually Piper's run as a manager quietly ended and Piper started wrestling full-time.

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29. Rowdy Roddy Piper went to Puerto Rico for a month and was booked by Jim Barnett shortly thereafter.

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30. Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared in several loser leave town matches and was forced to leave the territory.

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31. Rowdy Roddy Piper started wrestling under the care of promoter Al Tomko in Canada, his first match involving 'midget wrestlers' in front of a lumberjack audience in Churchill, Manitoba.

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32. Rowdy Roddy Piper was awarded a Black Belt in Judo from Gene LeBell, American Judo champion, instructor, stuntman, and professional wrestler.

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33. Rowdy Roddy Piper was a boxer and an amateur wrestler before he started to become a professional wrestler.

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34. Rowdy Roddy Piper picked up odd jobs at local gyms, running errands for several professional wrestlers.

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35. Outside of wrestling, Rowdy Roddy 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.

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36. Rowdy Roddy Piper earned the nicknames "Rowdy" and "Hot Rod" by displaying his trademark "Scottish" rage, spontaneity, and quick wit.

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