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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 April 1954Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Birth NameRoderick George Toombs
Nicknames The Rowdy Scot
Hot Rod
The Hot Scot
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Roddy Piper was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California and most notoriously in the WWF in the eighties. He has wrestled once or twice a year in big events up until the present. He became infamous for his mouth as much as his skills in the ring. He hosted Pipers Pit which saluted the bad guys of professional wrestling. The most famous of which involved him smashing Jimmy Superfly Snuka over the head with a coconut. He was wrestlings most popular villan because of his feud with Hulk Hogan that culminated at Wrestlemania I. Piper has acted in action flicks since he went into semi-retirement after Wrestlemania III when he beat and shaved the late Adrian Adonis.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Shawn Alvey <jdjs@mail.ameritel.net>

Roddy Piper has been a longtime mainstay in the WWF. He was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWF during the early 80s, before becoming a fan favorite in the late 80's. He continued to wrestle into the 90's, but spent much of his time doing color commentary for WWF TV In January 1992, he won the WWF Intercontinental Title from "The Mountie", the only title he would ever hold in his storied WWF career. After losing the title 3 months later, he left the WWF, and only made the occasional appearance in the ring over the next few years. During 1995, he had a stint as the WWF's interim president. He later resurfaced in WCW during the late 90's to continue his feud with "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan until the company's demise in 2001.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Kitty Dittrich (12 October 1982 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Wears a kilt
Finishing move: Sleeper Hold
Trademark move: Eye Poke

Trivia (40)

Professional wrestler-turned-actor.
He appeared in some of the live-action segments of the cartoon series "Hulk Hogan's Rock 'N' Wrestling" (1985-198?).
Is a former Golden Gloves boxer and black belt in Judo.
Former WWF Intercontinental & WCW U.S. Champion
Mentored the late professional wrestler Art Barr.
Notorious for hitting 'Superfly' Jimmy Snuka in the head with a coconut on television in July 1984.
A featured singer in the 1985 MTV Music Video "Land of 1000 Dances" with Meat Loaf, Cyndi Lauper and Rick Derringer.
Aided by former henchman 'ACE' Cowboy Bob Orton, whipped Mr. T with a belt after a boxing match between T and Orton on WWF's Saturday Night Main Event in 1985.
Returned to the WWE at Wrestlemania 19 in March 2003 to help Vince McMahon attempt to beat Hulk Hogan. This was surprising to most as Roddy and Vince are not each others biggest fans (both on-air and in real life). Piper began hosting his interview segment "Piper's Pit" again and worked for the WWE until July 2003, where after causing a stir on a program about wrestlers and drug use and admitting to a great dislike of his on-air character, the WWE ended their relationship with him again.
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.
At Starrcade 1983, Piper beat Greg Valentine in the legendary "dog collar" match. Roddy lost 75% of the hearing in his left ear, which remains today.
At Wrestlemania V, Piper did a Piper's Pit segment interviewing Brother Love and the late Morton Downey Jr.. Downey repeatedly blew smoke in Piper's face, so Piper used a fire extinguisher on him.
Notable title wins include: NWA Americas champion (Los Angeles); NWA Americas Tag titles (Los Angeles); NWA US Champion (San Francisco); NWA Pacific Northwest tag champion (4); NWA Pacific Northwest champion (2); Canadian Tag (Vancouver) w/ Rick Martel; NWA Mid-Atlantic TV champion (2); NWA US champion (Mid-Atlantic) (2) NWA Mid-Atlantic champion; WWF Intercontinental champion; WCW United States Title.
Inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame in 2005.
Lives in Oregon, either Hillsboro (18 miles west of Portland), or Aloha.
His very first pro wrestling match was against Larry "The Axe" Hennig. Piper lost to Hennig in ten seconds, and he earned 25 dollars (in Canadian funds) for the match.
Served as Interim President of The WWE In early 1996.
Was Named Interim WCW Commissioner in 1997.
In July 1999 was Storyline Vice President of WCW.
Previous Manager: "Cowboy" Bob Orton
Learned his patented eye poke and sleeper hold from watching wrestling gurus Mark and Harry McCaul (aka The McCaul Manglers) of Winchester, MA.
He has never won a world championship and is likely the most famous professional wrestler never to do so.
He was the special guest referee in the "I Quit" match between Bret "Hitman" Hart and Bob Backlund at WrestleMania XI.
Claims the only pin fall loss he ever had in the WWF was to Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 8, however on the Coliseum Video Release, Best of the WWF Vol. 3, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka clearly pinned Piper in a strap match.
Former World Tag Team Champion.
In 1980, Piper and Rick Martel won the NWA Pacific Northwest tag team titles three times.
By late 1975 and early 1976, Piper was a top heel for Mike & Gene LeBell's NWA Hollywood Wrestling.
In 1981, Piper started with the Georgia territory as an antagonistic heel commentator.
From 1973-1975 Piper was a jobber in the AWA.
Successfully beat Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Has four children: daughters Anastacia, Ariel Tiel, Fallon Danica and son Colton.
Daughter is actress Ariel Teal Toombs and son is MMA Fighter Colt Toombs.
Released a single in 1992 called "I'm your man".
Was asked to induct his on-screen rival, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996. He was forced to decline, as he was just about to begin working for WCW. Snuka was instead inducted by Don Muraco.
Published author.
Currently resides in Los Angeles and he is a working actor. [November 2008]
Currently undergoing treatment in his fight against cancer. [December 2006]
Being inducted into the 2005 WWE Hall of Fame and will be at Wrestlemania 21 hosting Piper's Pit. His guest will be 'Stone Cold Steve Austin'. [February 2005]
Returned to WWE on the Raw Brand, teaming with the tag team, The Highlanders, to beat the World Tag Team Champions, The Spirit Squad. [September 2006]
Created the "Piper's Pit" segment in 1984 because he did not want to wrestle on any of the WWF's syndicated TV shows. He first wrestled on WWF Superstars (1986) in 1987 after his segment was discontinued.

Personal Quotes (7)

I'm the reason Hulk Hogan lost his hair!
Just when they think they know all the answers, I change the questions.
Real men wear kilts.
I'm so quick, I could spit in the wind, duck, and let it hit the old lady behind me.
I don't need to know how tough I am to know how tough I am.
[on co-star Keith David] Keith David, it took us 20 years to see each other after we did They Live. When we were shooting that movie, Keith came over to me and he's a schooled, Julliard actor - a professional - and he would help me with my script, while everyone else was saying, "This is just some dumb jock coming to act now." But he stood up for me, and we had such a bond.
[on being cast in They Live!] You know, when we did it, it was about Reaganomics, but it was also a political statement [about] where our society is headed. Right now, what they're trying to do in society is get rid of all cash money so you just have a chip and everything is on your chip. Well, that's full control. If you go on an airplane right now, they won't take cash anymore. They actually say, "We're a cashless airplane." Wait a second? You won't take cash? That's "OBEY. This is your God." I think this movie is a statement of "keep our freedom," and I believe everybody gets that from it no matter what generation.

Salary (1)

WrestleMania VI (1990) $50,000

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