"Rowdy" Roddy Piper

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 231 lbs

Real Name: Roderick George Toombs

DOB: 4/17/1951

Hometown: Glasgow, Scotland

Other Names: The Masked Canadian (Los Angeles)

Wrestler Since: 1972

Finishing Maneuver: Sleeper

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #153(1999), #142(1998), #54(1997), #83(1994), #45(1992), #79(1991)

Official Website: http://www.roddyraw.com

History: "Rowdy" Roddy's another one of those wrestlers who seems to have always been there. He began his wrestling career in 1972, wrestling in Canada for a while, then joined the NWA Los Angeles organization. It was here that Piper began his major feuds with the Guerrero family, particularly Chavo Guerrero (Sr). The battles between the two became legendary, as usually one or the other held a title at the time. In February of '76, Piper, teamed with Crusher Verdu, defeated Chavo and Gory Guerrero to win the NWA Americas Tag Team Titles. Chavo would win the belts back with a new partner, Butcher Vachon. In March '76, Piper defeated Chavo in a singles match to win the NWA Americas Heavyweight Title. Again, the two started trading the belt back and forth over the next two years. Piper, from 1976-1978, was all over the title scene. To sum up, in two years, under two names (Piper and The Canadian), Piper was the NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion 5 times and co-member of the NWA Americas Tag Team Champions 7 times (with 6 different partners). Talk about a good couple of years!

In June of '78, Piper briefly went over to the San Francisco branch of NWA and claimed the NWA (SF) United States Heavyweight Title by defeating the late Moondog Lonnie Mayne. Mayne took the belt back soon thereafter, in one of the last matches of his career... and life. Near the end of 1978, Piper joined the NWA Pacific-Northwest branch, wrestling some future stars like Rick Martel, Brian Adams, and others. On the last day of '78, Piper, teamed with Killer Brooks, won the NWA P-NW Tag Team Titles from Dutch Savage and Jon Boyd. They would be the champions for a little over 3 months before losing the belts.

While still the co-tag champ, Piper also managed to defeat Boyd for the Heavyweight Title, which he held onto for 4 months. In March 1980, Piper again got a new partner (Rick Martel) and won the Tag Team belts for a second time, beating the Kiwi Sheepherders. The Sheepherders eventually won the titles back, then left the organization, which returned the belts to Piper and Martel. Soon after, however, Martel lost a "Loser Leaves Town" match, forcing Piper to get yet another new partner, Mike Popovich. They lost the belts in September '80. Piper, though, did not waste a day, winning the Heavyweight Championship for the second time, this time beating Buddy Rose. Rose reclaimed the title within a week.

Piper's next stop was in the NWA Mid-Atlantic branch (which later became WCW). In November '80, Piper won the Mid-Atlantic Television Title from Paul Jones in a tournament final. Piper held onto this belt for another 2 months, until he beat Ric Flair to become the United States Champion, vacating the TV belt. The US Belt was his for almost 8 months until Wahoo McDaniel dethroned him. Shortly thereafter, "Rowdy" Roddy won a great match over Ricky Steamboat to become the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, which he held for 6 months. After being beat by Jack Brisco, Piper stayed in the #1 Contender's seat, and managed to reclaim his title over Brisco one last time, before Brisco won the 3rd and final Title match between the two. In May '83, Piper retraced himself, winning the TV Title for the second time. Soon after Dick Slater took the title away in a surprising match, Piper got another shot at the US Heavyweight Title, this time beating Greg "The Hammer" Valentine for the Championship. Valentine later took the title back.

In 1984, Piper went to the WWF, to be one of the fan-favorites behind the power of Hulkamania. Piper, for a while, was one of the more hated "heels" in the organization, challenging Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, among others. Although he rarely got his shot at the titles, Piper soon became one of the big guns of the WWF. His "multi-colored" feud with Bad News Brown was just one of the big moments of his career there. He also had his own segment, called "Piper's Pit", where he interviewed (and fought) many other wrestlers. In 1987, Piper temporarily retired., but the bagpipes didn't stay silent. In 1992, Piper made a strong comeback, defeating the Mountie to win the WWF Intercontinental Title, his first in the WWF. After a memorable match against Bret Hart in which Hart won the title, Piper became more of an executive, and in 1996 was the interim president while they found a replacement for Jack Tunney. He still wrestled, however, including a Backstreet Brawl with Goldust at Wrestlemania XII. After the replacement President was found, Piper left the WWF for WCW in '96.

Piper soon became WCW's Commissioner, helping to lead the fight against the nWo. He started out getting a big win over Hollywood Hogan, his old nemesis, at Starrcade. However, Hogan won the rematch at the next PPV, retaining the World Title. Piper started teaming with others against the nWo, including having Ric Flair as his tag-team partner. This soon turned the two against each other, though, ending in a great battle at Bash at the Beach '97, which Piper won, becoming one of few to have clean wins over both Hogan and Flair. However, after this match, Piper began wrestling less and less, feeling the aches and pains of a 20-year professional wrestle. He continued the fight against the nWo and Hogan, but started to fade out of the people's view.

In '98, Piper appeared sporactically, first as a guest referee in a PPV match (which led to a later team-up/feud with "Macho Man" Randy Savage"), then sometimes showing up during TV shows, still as the Commissioner. Piper continued to show that he could brawl with the best of them, though, getting into the Fall Brawl War Games match with many of the best competitors in WCW at that time. After this match, Piper again disappeared for a few months, making a surprise appearance at a Monday Nitro in February '99, where Piper, with help from a MAD TV actor (Will Sasso), defeated Bret Hart to win the United States Title for the 3rd time (1st as WCW). This only lasted a few weeks before Piper was bested at Superbrawl IX by Scott Hall, who had some help from his tag-team partner. Once again, Piper would fade away from the scene, appearing only sporatically to pester the nWo Wolfpac.

In April '99, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper came out during a Nitro with papers that he had gotten the President, Ric Flair, to sign without his knowledge. Piper used these papers to get Flair 'committed' to a mental hospital. Piper then used his Commissioner status to reinstate Randy Savage, among other things, before Flair's 'vicepresident', referee Charles Robinson, had him arrested and thrown out of the arena. Piper and Flair met at Slamboree '99 to decide the President of WCW, with Flair apparently getting the win thanks to Robinson. But Eric Bischoff reappeared, giving the win to Piper.

Piper and Flair continued to feud, scheduling a rematch for the Presidency at the Great American Bash. Piper promised some of the younger wrestlers, like Buff Bagwell, that if he won, they would get "the ball". During the match, Flair put Piper in the Figure Four Leglock. Bagwell promptly came out and took down Flair, getting Piper the DQ loss. Piper turned on Bagwell and attacked him, then joined with Flair and Arn Anderson. Due to this, Flair made Piper the Vice-President of WCW. Piper then started feuding with Buff Bagwell and the rest of the Youth Movement. Piper then later challenged Buff to a Boxing Match at the next PPV, which Buff accepted after Piper attacked him during his title match against David Flair.

At Bash at the Beach '99, Piper and Bagwell met in the Boxing Match, with Mills Lane refereeing. Although Piper was leading in points through the first few rounds, Bagwell got the win with his Buff Blockbuster, which Lane allowed. After the loss, Piper headed back to making movies for a time, staying away from wrestling. In the latter months of '99, when the Powers That Be took over WCW, Piper returned to the front lines, battling against the men now in charge (Vince Russo & Ed Ferrera). Piper had many conflicts against the duo, as he was made one of the referees. Piper, of course, used this to his advantage more often than not. But Piper's fight against the Powers ended in a tragic turn. At Starrcade '99, Bill Goldberg and Bret Hart were fighting for the World Heavyweight Title currently around Hart's waist. When Hart locked on his Sharpshooter, Piper came out from the back and signaled for the bell, despite the fact that Goldberg had not submitted.

At the next Nitro, an ashamed Piper confronted both Hart, who vacated the World Title, and Goldberg, who was furious at the man. Piper seemed to have been bought by the Powers That Be. That night, Hart and Goldberg again met for the World Title, with Hart betraying Goldberg and joining with the reformed nWo. Piper came out and redeemed himself, trying to protect Goldberg from Hart, the Outsiders, and Jeff Jarrett. He was unsuccessful, however, and was beaten and spray-painted. Piper then vanished for the next month.

At Superbrawl X, the World Champion Sid Vicious faced off against Hall & Jarrett in a Triangle match. Jarrett was the Commissioner at the time, and had his 'appointed' ref, Mark Johnson, come out during the match, which made things look bad for Vicious. However, Piper suddenly reappeared, coming out of a "top secret" locker room wearing a referee shirt. He came to the ring and took out Johnson, making things even again. After Vicious got his chokeslam and powerbomb on Jarrett, Piper made the count, keeping the belt around Vicious' waist. Since then, the Rowdy One has been out of action. Will he ever return, to fight the good fight and give out more Reality Checks? We'll just have to see what happens....

(Under Construction)

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (21 - 22, 3 DCOs, 1 DDQ)
- Los Angeles Battle Royal '76 = Piper won the Battle Royal.
- PNCW Salem City Tournament '80 = Piper won the tournament.
- AJPW Sumo Hall (June 8, '83) = Piper & Bill Irwin fell to Takashi Ishikawa & Ashura Hara.
- WCW Starrcade '83 = Piper won a "Dog Collar" Match over Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.
- WWF "The War to Settle The Score" (February '85) = Piper lost, via DQ, to the WWF World Champ Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Wrestlemania I ('85) = Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff lost to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. Muhammad Ali was the special referee.
- PNCW Owen Promotions 60th Anniversary Show (May '85) = Piper pinned Buddy Rose.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #2 (October '85) = Piper and "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff fought to a Double Count-Out.
- WWF Wrestling Classic (November '85) = Piper lost, via DQ, to WWF World Champ Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #4 (January '86) = Piper, Bob Orton and Jesse "The Body" Ventura defeated Hillbilly Jim, Uncle Elmer and Cousin Luke.
- WWF Wrestlemania II ('86) = Piper lost a Boxing Match to Mr. T.
- WWF King of the Ring Tournament (July 14, '86) = Piper fought to a Double Disqualification with Don Muraco. Harley Race won the tournament.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #7 (September '86) = Piper won over the Iron Sheik.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #8 (November '86) = Piper defeated Bob Orton.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #9 (December '86) = Piper lost, via countout, to Adrian Adonis.
- WWF Wrestlemania III ('87) = Piper won a "Hair" Match over Adrian Adonis.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #23 (September '89) = Piper managed to defeat Haku.
- WWF Survivor Series '89 = Piper, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka and the Bushwhackers fought in an "Elimination" Match against Mr. Perfect, "Ravishing" Rick Rude and the Rougeau Brothers. Piper and Rude fought to a Double Count-Out. Mr. Perfect was the "survivor".
- WWF Royal Rumble '90 = Piper competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Wrestlemania VI ('90) = Piper and Bad News Brown fought to a Double Count-Out.
- WWF Survivor Series '90 = Piper, Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Virgil fought in an "Elimination" Match against Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, the Warlord and the Mountie. Piper was DQ'ed. Flair was the "survivor".
- WWF Royal Rumble '92 = Piper defeated the Mountie to win the WWF Intercontinental Title. Later in the night, Piper competed in the "Royal Rumble", which was won by Ric Flair.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #30 (January '92) = Piper retained the WWF I-C Title in a rematch against the Mountie.
- WWF Wrestlemania VIII ('92) = Piper lost the WWF Intercontinental Belt to Bret Hart.
- WWF King of the Ring '94 = Piper defeated Jerry "The King" Lawler.
- WWF Wrestlemania XII ('96) = Piper and Goldust fought in a "Hollywood Backlot Brawl". (unknown who won)
- WCW Starrcade '96 = Piper defeated Hollywood Hogan.
- WCW Superbrawl VII ('97) = Piper lost to Hollywood Hogan in a WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match.
- WCW Uncensored '97 = Piper led Team Piper (Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael, and Jeff Jarrett) against Team nWo (Hollywood Hogan, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall) and Team WCW (Lex Luger, Scott Steiner, and the Giant) in a Triangle Elimination Match. Piper was the 5th man eliminated.
- WCW Slamboree '97 = Piper, with Ric Flair and Kevin Greene, defeated the Outsiders (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Syxx).
- WCW Great American Bash '97 = Piper and Ric Flair lost to then-WCW Tag-Team Champions the Outsiders.
- WCW Bash At The Beach '97 = Piper knocked out Ric Flair with a sleeperhold to win.
- WCW Halloween Havoc '97 = Piper put Hollywood Hogan to sleep in a "Steel Cage" Match, getting the win.
- WCW Spring Stampede '98 = Piper and the Giant lost a "Bat" Match to Hollywood Hogan and Kevin Nash.
- WCW Slamboree '98 = Piper was the Special Referee for the Bret Hart - "Macho Man" Randy Savage Match. First he gave Hart the win by disqualifying Savage, but later reversed his decision.
- WCW Great American Bash '98 = Piper and "Macho Man" Randy Savage lost to Hollywood Hogan and Bret Hart. Immediately afterwards, Piper managed to defeat Savage in a singles match.
- WCW Fall Brawl '98 = Piper was involved in the War Games Match along with Diamond Dallas Page, the Warrior, Kevin Nash, Sting, Lex Luger, Hollywood Hogan, Stevie Ray, and Bret Hart. DDP was the winner.
- WCW Superbrawl IX ('99) = Piper lost the WCW United States belt to Scott Hall, thanks partially to Kevin Nash.
- WCW Slamboree '99 = Piper and Ric Flair fought for the Presidency of WCW. Due to referee Charles Robinson, Flair got declared the winner. But Eric Bischoff came out and reversed the decision, giving Piper the win.
- WCW Great American Bash '99 = Piper lost, via DQ, when Ric Flair was attacked by Buff Bagwell. Flair stayed the President of WCW.
- WCW Bash at the Beach '99 = Piper fought Buff Bagwell in a Boxing Match, which was refereed by Mills Lane. Bagwell got the pin with the Buff Blockbuster.
- WWE Judgment Day '03 = Piper was beaten by Mr. America (Hulk Hogan).
- Wrestle Reunion #1 (January 29, '05) = Piper, Jimmy Snuka, & Jimmy Valiant defeated Bob Orton, Buddy Rose, & Col DeBeers.
- WWE Cyber Sunday '06 (November 5) = Piper & Ric Flair won the WWE Raw World Tag-Team Titles, beating the Spirit Squad (Kenny & Mikey). Piper was voted into the match by the fans.
- WWE Royal Rumble '08 (January 27) = Piper competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by John Cena.
- WWE Wrestlemania XXV (April 5, '09) = Piper, Jimmy Snuka, & Ricky Steamboat lost a "Handicap Elimination" Match to Chris Jericho.
- PWG Kurt Russellreunion 2: The Reunioning (January 29, '11) = Piper won the "Legends Wrestle-Royale" Match.

Title Summary:
- NWA Americas Tag-Team Champion w/ Crusher Verdu (2/28/1976 - 1976)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion (3/12/1976 - 4/23/1976)
- NWA Americas Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Crusher Verdu (1976 - 8/13/1976)
- NWA Americas Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ The Hangman (10/29/1976 - 1/21/1977)
- NWA Americas Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Keith Franks (7/22/1977 - 7/29/1977)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(2) (8/12/1977 - 8/19/1977)
- NWA Americas Tag-Team Champion(5) w/ Chavo Guerrero (1977 - 11/02/1977)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(3) (11/04/1977 - 12/09/1977)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(4) (12/16/1977 - 2/10/1978)
- NWA Americas Tag-Team Champion(6) w/ Ron Bass (4/21/1978 - 5/26/1978)
- NWA (SF) United States Heavyweight Champion (6/24/1978 - 7/14/1978)
- NWA Americas Tag-Team Champion(7) w/ Pak Choo (9/01/1978 - 1978)
- NWA Americas Heavyweight Champion(5) (9/29/1978 - 10/01/1978)
- NWA Pacific-Northwest Tag-Team Champion w/ Killer Brooks (12/31/1978 - 4/3/1979)
- NWA Pacific-Northwest Heavyweight Champion (2/17/1979 - 6/30/1979)
- NWA Pacific-Northwest Tag-Team Champion(2) w/ Rick Martel (3/29/1980 - 5/12/1980)
- NWA Pacific-Northwest Tag-Team Champion(3) w/ Rick Martel (8/05/1980 - 8/16/1980)
- NWA Pacific-Northwest Tag-Team Champion(4) w/ Mike Popovich (8/28/1980 - 9/12/1980)
- NWA Pacific-Northwest Heavyweight Champion(2) (9/13/1980 - 9/20/1980)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion (11/01/1980 - 1/27/1981)
- NWA United States Heavyweight Champion (1/27/1981 - 8/08/1981)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion (11/01/1981 - 5/10/1982)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion(2) (7/7/1982 - 8/03/1982)
- NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion(2) (3/27/1983 - 4/03/1983)
- NWA United States Heavyweight Champion(2) (4/16/1983 - 5/01/1983)
- WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion (1/19/1992 - 4/05/1992)
- WCW United States Heavyweight Champion(3) (2/08/1999 - 2/21/1999)
- WWE Raw World Tag-Team Champion w/ Ric Flair (11/05/2006 - 11/13/2006)

PWI Achievement Awards: (6 wins, 1 1st RU, 2 2nd RUs, 4 3rd RUs)
- 1981 Most Hated Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1982 Most Inspirational Wrestler
- 1983 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1984 Most Hated Wrestler
- 1985 Most Hated Wrestler
- 1985 Match of the Year (Piper & Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan & Mr. T)
- 1986 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1989 Feud of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Piper vs. Rick Rude)
- 1990 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)
- 1992 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)
- 1996 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductee
- 1997 Most Inspirational Wrestler, 3rd Runner-Up
- 1997 Feud of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Piper vs. Hollywood Hogan)