NWA Mid Atlantic Heavyweight title defeating Jack Brisco (July 7, 1982);
NWA Mid Atlantic Television title defeating Dick Slater (March 27, 1983);
NWA (Mid Atlantic) United States Heavyweight title defeating Greg Valentine (April 16, 1983);
NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ Bulldog Brower won a tournament (October ??, 1983);
WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating The Mountie (January 19, 1992);
WCW United States Heavyweight title defeating Bret Hart (Febuary 8, 1999);
(WWE) World Tag Team titles w/ Ric Flair defeating The Spirit Squad (November 5, 2006);
Roddy Piper Career Highlights
After a falling out with his father, he hit the road, and from age 12 to 15, he stayed in youth hostels wherever he could find them.
Rod was expelled from North York’s Donview Heights Junior High School.
The Wrestling Business
Piper (age 15) had his first match with Larry Hennig and lost the match in ten seconds.
Piper started wrestling as a TV jobber in the early 70s in Winnipeg.
1975: Piper’s first big push was in Los Angeles, where he wrestled as the “Masked Canadian”.
March 12, 1976: Piper defeated Chavo Guerrero to win the NWA Americas title.
July 22, 1977: Piper and Keith Franks (Adrian Adonis) defeated Tom Jones and Mando Guerrero to win the NWA World Tag Team titles.
April 21, 1978: Piper and Ron Bass defeated Chavo Guerrero and Black Gordman to win the NWA World Tag Team titles.
June 24, 1978: Piper defeated Lonnie Mayne to capture the NWA United States title.
1978: Piper and John Stud teamed up to claim the Mid Atlantic Tag Team title.
December 31, 1978: Piper and Killer Brooks beat Dutch Savage and Johnathan Boyd for the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team title.
1979: Piper and Ed Wiskowski (Col. DeBeers) won the NWA World Tag Team title in February.
Late 70s: Piper went to the Portland territory and formed a lasting bond with promoter Don Owen.
1980: Piper and Rick Martel won the NWA Pacific Northwest tag team belts three times.
1980: Piper and Rick Martel captured the Canadian (Vancouver) Tag Team title from the Kiwi Sheepherders.
1980s: Piper joined Jim Crockett’s NWA Mid-Atlantic promotion and became a star!
November 1, 1980: Piper won the Mid-Atlantic Television title in a tournament, defeating Paul Jones in the finals.
November 1980: Piper beat Ric Flair for the Mid-Atlantic U.S. Heavyweight title.
January 27, 1981: Piper beat Jack Brisco for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title.
November 1, 1981: Piper defeated Ricky Steamboat for the Mid-Atlantic title.
July 7, 1982: Piper defeated Jack Brisco, again, for the Mid-Atlantic title.
April 16, 1983: Piper beat Greg “The Hammer” Valentine for the NWA United States title.
Starrcade ’83: Piper beat Valentine in the legendary “dog collar” match.
~~~Roddy lost 75% of the hearing in his left ear, which remains today.
~~~It also threw off his equilibrium, and he was told his wrestling career was over.
World Wrestling Federation Part 1
January 1984: Piper jumped to the WWF and became their second biggest star behind only Hulk Hogan.
~~~When Roddy Piper went to the WWF, he refused to wrestle in Portland out of loyalty to Don Owen.
~~~When the WWF Event went to Portland, Vince McMahon would suspend him, but it only lasted a week.
Piper hosted the “Piper’s Pit”, an interview segment on WWF TV until his 1987 retirement.
~~~”Piper’s Pit” segment was often the catalyst for numerous angles with other wrestlers.
February 18, 1985 – War to Settle the Score: WWF World Champ Hulk Hogan beat Roddy Piper via DQ.
Wrestlemania I: Hulk Hogan and Mr. T defeated Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff.
October 5, 1985 – SNME: Roddy Piper vs Paul Orndorff went to a DOUBLE COUNT OUT.
November 7, 1985 – Wrestling Classic: Hulk Hogan def Roddy Piper via DQ to retain.
January 4, 1986 – SNME: Jesse Ventura, Roddy Piper, and Bob Orton beat Hillbilly Jim, Uncle Elmer, and Cousin Luke.
Wrestlemania II: Roddy Piper was disqualified during a boxing match with Mr. T.
Roddy Piper eventually turned face, thus ending one of the biggest heel runs ever.
October 4, 1986 – SNME: Roddy Piper pinned Iron Sheik.
November 29, 1986 – SNME: Roddy Piper pinned his former friend Bob Orton.
January 3, 1987 – SNME: Adrian Adonis beat Roddy Piper via countout.
Piper announced that his last match would be at Wrestlemania III against Adrian Adonis.
Wrestlemania III: Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis in a “Hair” match.
Piper retired from wrestling to pursue acting.
Piper’s most successful film was They Live (1988), directed by John Carpenter.
Piper appeared in the following movies: Hell Comes To Frogtown (1987), Body Slam (’87), The Highwayman (TV, ’87), Buy and Cell (’89), Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage (’90, TV), No Contest (’94), Immortal Combat (’94), Back In Action (’94), Tough and Deadly (’95), Terminal Rush (’95), Marked Man (’95), Jungleground (’95), Sci-fighters (’96).
For a brief amount of time in the mid to late 80′s Roddy owned an auto repair shop in Portland, Or. called “Pipers Pit Stop”.
World Wrestling Federation Part 2
Wrestlemania V: Piper did a Piper’s Pit segment interviewing Brother Love and Morton Downey Jr.
~~~Downey repeatedly blew smoke in Piper’s face, so Piper used a fire extinguisher on him!
1990: Piper made his official WWF in-ring return.
Wrestlemania VI: Piper painted himself half black for a match with “Bad News” Brown – DOUBLE COUNT OUT.
1990-91: Piper became a color commentator on WWF Superstars and WWF PPVs.
January 19, 1992 – Royal Rumble: Piper won his first WWF title defeating The Mountie for the IC title.
January 27, 1992 – SNME: Roddy Piper pinned The Mountie to retain.
April 5, 1992 – Wrestlemania 8: Bret Hart defeated Piper for the Intercontinental title.
Wrestlemania X: Piper refereed a WWF title match between Bret Hart and Yokozuna.
June 16, 1994 – King of the Ring: Roddy Piper defeats Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler.
1996: Piper acted as “interim president” of the WWF after Gorilla Monsoon was injured.
March 31, 1996 – Wrestlemania 12: Roddy Piper defeated Goldust in a ‘hollywood backlot brawl’ match.
World Championship Wrestling
October 27, 1996 – Halloween Havoc: Roddy Piper appeared out of nowhere to confront Hollywood Hulk Hogan.
Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan begin a feud to see who the true ‘ICON’ of professional wrestling.
December 29, 1996 – Starrcade: Roddy Piper defeated Hollywood Hulk Hogan with a sleeper hold.
February 23, 1997 – Superbrawl: Hulk Hogan defeated Roddy Piper to retain the WCW World title after using brass knuckles.
March 16, 1997 – Uncensored: Team nWo defeated Team WCW and Team Piper in a 3-WAY Elimination match.
~~~Team nWo: Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Randy Savage.
~~~Team Piper: Roddy Piper, Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael and Jeff Jarrett.
~~~Team WCW: Lex Luger, The Giant and Scott Steiner (no fourth member).
May 18, 1997 – Slamboree: Ric Flair and Roddy Piper and Kevin Greene defeated Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and Syxx.
July 13, 1997 – Bash at the Beach: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper defeated “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Roddy Piper was named “Interim Commissioner” of World Championship Wrestling.
October 26, 1997 – Halloween Havoc: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper defeated “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan in a “Steel Cage” match.
February 8, 1999 – Nitro: Roddy Piper defeated Bret “Hitman” Hart to win the WCW United States title.
~~~Roddy Piper was “taken out” before the match due to a legitimate injury so Ric Flair had to defend the titles alone.
Dave Meltzer (on WrestlingObserver.com) wrote on November 17: Roddy Piper underwent surgery this week after leaving the U.K. tour early. It is believed surgery was due to a disc problem. Piper will be out of Survivor Series and a replacement wrestler will be named to the legends team. Piper not participating in the match where he and Ric Flair lost the tag team titles in Manchester, England was due to the intense pain he was in. At the time it was believed to have been either a bowel problem or kidney stones.
November 27, 2006: Roddy Piper was diagnosed with Lymphoma (aka Hodgkin’s disease) and begins treatment immediately.
~~~Radiation therapy is used to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma; it is an extremely successful procedure, so the prognosis is good.
December 4, 2006 – RAW: The Highlanders defeated Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch in a Roddy Piper Tribute match.
February 12, 2007 – RAW: Jerry Lawler introduced the legendary “Rowdy” Roddy Piper – who came out and gave a speech.
~~~Roddy Piper talked about his illness and thanked the fans of Portland then announced Dusty Rhodes into the Hall of Fame!
~~~Dusty Rhodes came out and cut a promo until both Rhodes and Roddy Piper were attacked by the Samoan Bulldozer, Umaga!
May 19, 2007: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper was inducted into the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York.
~~~Jericho beat Snuka. Jericho beat Piper. Jericho beat Steamboat (who looked great). Jericho then beat the crap out of Flair!
~~~Chris Jericho challenged Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke to come into the ring and fight – Rourke knocked Jericho out cold!
July 1, 2009: Roddy Piper (Real Name: Roderick Toombs) was arrested by Los Angeles police at 1am on misdemeanor DUI charges.
Mike Aldren wrote (On October 8, 2009): Despite rumors to the contrary, Roddy Piper is not dying from terminal cancer. The rumor escalated from one wrestling website and took a life of it’s own. Noelle Kim-Retes, Piper’s agent, said that she talked to Piper the other day and he is doing fine. “He’s been going at it without a break since he was a teenager and the doctors told him that he needed a rest.” she said. The same website that reported Piper was dying later posted a “rumor killer” to kill the rumors they started.
November 16, 2009 – RAW: Rowdy Roddy Piper appeared as the special guest host in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
~~Roddy Piper caused some controversy by challenging Vince McMahon got a fight – but he got beat-up by Randy Orton instead!
March 20, 2010 – Northeast Wrestling: Roddy Piper did a Piper’s Pit talking about doing the Pit in Poughkeepsie.
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