We are shocked again, wrestling fans!
Last Friday, we were all shocked to hear about the passing of one of the best villians and also hall of famer, Rowdy Roddy Piper. Or the passing of Roderick Toombs. For many years, we seen the twists and turns, and also seeing him coming down the aisle with the Bagpipes playing in the background. Of course, he was at Wrestlemania, the FIRST wrestlemania when it didn’t have a number. And some Wrestlemanias after that. Even having his stint of revenges against the nWo in WCW, brief appearances on TNA’s Impact shows, Mr. T, and even have his say via his RodPod radio show , his podcast, and one of the last things he defended in regarding Hulk Hogan. Through and thorugh, he inspired wrestlers and non wrestlers in other sports to put it out on line and having the respect to get it on. For that, I present this blog letter.
Dear fans of wrestling, and life long fans of Rowdy Roddy Piper:
It’s me Stephen. A black blogger from Milwaukee as usual.
This past weekend, the world was in shock of the passing of our favorite wrestler, favorite villain, favorite host of Piper’s Pit, and favorite actor of the great Roderick Toombs. AKA Rowdy Roddy Piper. Having this man in our lives was like the crazy uncle that was always around, in a humorous kind of way. No question Roddy Piper will in fact go down as one of the greatest wrestlers in the game of the sport/entertainment world.
Many of us on Social Media reacted to the death of Roddy Piper. Me also. Back in March of 1992 here in Milwaukee, my late uncle took myself and my cousins to the Bradley Center to see the live show of the WWE’s Wrestlemania 8 tour. The feature bout was between Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan and they fought against Ric Flair and Sid Justice. The last result of the match, Hogan and Piper won. That was the only time I’ve seen Roddy Piper wrestle in person (as a babyface) in the arena. Plus also, Milwaukee still has this connection with Wrestling. Of course that was 1992. And yes many of us still have those memories in which still burns even to this day. No matter if you liked kilts or bagpipes. Or yes, if you liked the roles of the hero, or the villain. Many of you liked him as the villain! Even in the era of “Rock N Wrestling”.
He always to comment this quote, and it was the truth:
Just when you think you have all the answers, I CHANGE THE QUESTIONS!
Oh yes. Piper had us guessing. And it was brilliant! For you Millennials that don’t know jack about Piper, he kind of reminds you of a older version in which Dean Ambrose might be. However, not as exactly like Dean Ambrose. Just my opinion.
Yes, Piper was an ICON! But mostly known for also in his role of movies like “They Live”. And every time his infamous line comes up, there has been this recital. You guys know what I’m talking about. That line when he goes into the bank:
“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick a**…and I’m all out of bubblegum.”
Lot you got that on storage right now. Many of you got it storage in a revised format. But no matter what, you got it somewhere. Just saying!
And of course, we cannot forget about the unforgettable Piper’s Pit segments. They were way before you heard of the Funeral Parlor, The Cutting Edge, The Brother Love Show, The Snake Pit of Jake Roberts, The Barber Shop, The Heartbreak Hotel, The Highlight Reel of Chris Jericho,The Peep Show, and yes WAY BEFORE MIZ TV, and the VIP Lounge when MVP was in the WWE. For Piper’s Pit, it was about asking and answering the TOUGH TOUGH Questions of the Wrestlers, Managers, and of course having the crowd pump up for the heat and pops in the crowds. From hitting Superfly Jimmy Snuka, putting the “fire” out of the late Morton Downey Jr at Wrestlemania 5, making John Cena to feel the energy after being slapped, telling Stone Cold Steve Austin of being “the Rebel” at Wrestlemania 21, and even getting the question out of Hulk Hogan in defending his title against Andre The Giant for Wrestlemania 3.
Still we got Piper Memories. No matter what. Even when he was on one of Joan Collins’ Shows and yes, Arsenio Hall back in the day.
Later on, we all heard the Hod Rod’s voice through podcasting, and having his own Rod Pod segments away from the Squared Circle Arenas.
On the real, this Canadian born Star out the Great White North of Canada, with Scottish heritage, really made us guessing, clicking, and also STILL letting us know, he was THE BOSS in the building. (Take notes Sasha Banks! I respect your skills though.) However as we mourn and reflect this Pied Piper of fun shenanigans, keep in mind that this man, is survived by his wife and kids. And as fans we should respect that. The Toombs Family needs to be in prayer as they prepare to bury their father and husband for the homegoing of the Piper.
So yes, wrestling fans. We can mourn, weep and reflect. But this week, along with the WWE tributes, and SI,and many other sports outlets, let us all continue to pay the Piper by being more “Rowdy” in a way like never before. Be more rowdy in our daily lives to uplift our communities. Be rowdy for good health. Be rowdy for education. Be rowdy for sportsmanship. Be rowdy for you. Be rowdy for the church in a good way. (say Amen!) And be rowdy for getting the chance to get YOUR OWN, by not being a copy!
So yes, be rowdy all day, every day, and even in spirit of the Rowdy one! So fans, Roderick Toombs (or Rowdy Roddy Piper) doesn’t have to worry about any cardiac arrests. Doesn’t have to worry about any upcoming cancer diseases that he already beaten. Doesn’t have to worry about another rant or worrying about what others had to say about his closest friends (Hulk Hogan). Doesn’t have to worry about the stress that consumed his body most of his 61 years of fighting and also “slapping the truth or amusement in his arsenal.” Doesn’t have to worry about fear. His fears, and concerns are NO MORE! It’s all over. The bells has rung 10 times. The cheers have begun once more.
I think I have scripted someone’s sermon for the Hot Rod’s homegoing! Give me credit, wrestling fans!
So in all, let us continue to be rowdy in a way to change the world, change the game, change the structure, change the landscape, and most of all…….Change begins with you starting a rowdy fire that will never be extinguished!
Let the spirit of Rowdy Roddy Piper, or Roderick Toombs be more louder and crazier than ever in his memory!