Rest in Peace, Hot Rod! “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, 1954–2015

On Friday, 31 July 2015, at the age of sixty-one, pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper unexpectedly died of a heart attack in his California home.

Even though he spent a good portion of his career as a heel, he was nearly always a fan favorite due to his overwhelming charisma. No words that I write could ever match the Hot Rod’s own, so here are a few clips from his heyday thirty years ago.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKXpSyjfIik]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJ1y_Qsa3g]

With Piper’s death so soon after that of his friend Dusty Rhodes, I also thought it might be revealing to hear the two talk of each other:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQkH94t2TyQ]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4YtTKAps_k]

Rest in Peace, Hot Rod!

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