In what is a huge loss for the wrestling industry tonight, Rowdy Roddy Piper has died from a cardiac arrest at the age of 61. It’s so sad to hear considering Dusty Rhodes passed away last month. Two influential wrestlers oozing with charisma having passed away and Piper’s charisma was just on a level few could ever match up to. Whether it’d be in a joking manner or a serious manner, Piper knew how to get the crowd on the edge of their seats and for that, you have to respect him.
Vince McMahon said in a WWE.com press release about it that “Roddy Piper was one of the most entertaining, controversial and bombastic performers ever in WWE, beloved my millions of fans around the world,” and that’s pretty much bang on the money. Piper was such an inspiration to anyone wanting to get into wrestling and entertain people. He inspired others to be the bad guys of wrestling, let alone the good guys! Many superstars now say in interviews that they were inspired by Piper. Particularly heels, who were blown away by what Piper did or said in that ring. In my mind, the greatest wrestler to never hold the WWE Championship who was beloved by all. He will be sorely missed.
Rest in peace, Hot Rod.