We here at the Ace of Geeks are incredibly saddened to learn of the death of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, first reported by TMZ earlier today. Piper was one of the biggest influences in pop culture in the 1980s, during the Rock and Wrestling era that saw him battling Mr. T at Wrestlemania and headlining genre films like They Live. Piper was always known as one of the more dynamic bad guys in wrestling history, with the ability to captivate an audience on the microphone even as they showered him with hatred. In his most famous moment, he attacked Superfly Jimmy Snuka with a coconut, throwing him through the set of his show, the Piper’s Pit. But he could also have his goofy moments, and in his later years he was able to show more of his warm personality to the fans.
You’ll be missed, Piper. Thanks for the memories.