Back when I was a kid, I dreamed of going to a big Wrestlemania event to meet Rowdy Roddy Piper. He was by far the most entertaining wrestler of what I (and any sane person) consider to be the golden age of wrestling. His character was loud, obnoxious, filled with Scottish rage and absolutely hilarious as he antagonized countless others in and out of the ring. Oh how I longed to see "Piper's Pit" in person. Well, that childhood dream came and went and I figured I'd never get to meet my kilted hero.
Well, that all changed today. Behold!
Yep, my all-time favorite WWF superstar, Rowdy Roddy Piper, was doing a comedy video shoot earlier today for Funny Or Die and I was lucky enough to be one of the guys in it. Obviously, I can't spoil any details about the video, but I guarantee it's going to kick ass (we were all out of bubblegum) whenever it goes live. For a guy who played such an antagonistic character in the public spotlight, Roddy was as nice as anybody I've ever met. He hung out and cracked jokes with us during the entire shoot, and you could tell he was genuinely happy to be there. So yeah... this was definitely one of those days I'll be remembering for quite some time to come. The the childhood eighties WWF fan in me simply couldn't be any happier today. Gonna have to try catching him the next time he does some stand-up comedy too.
While you wait for the FoD video to launch, here are a few articles of ours involving Roddy Piper's finest exploits outside of the ring:
10,000 Volt Ghost on 08/27/2010 12:14 pm
Can't wait for the video now. Hot Rod is amazing. Always loved that episode of the mario bros show where Luigi turned his bagpipes into a vacuum and hot rod was going to kill him before (mario) Captain Lou stepped in.
Nate (Guest) on 08/27/2010 12:30 pm
I sincerely hope the FoD video is a reenactment of Piper's fight with Keith David in They Live.
I especially hope you played Keith David's part, Rog.
Autrach Sejanoz on 08/27/2010 3:05 pm
You are one lucky bastard, RoG. Can't wait for the video!
Protoclown on 08/27/2010 4:43 pm
Just Ami on 08/27/2010 5:35 pm
Ok, Rog, you totally suck right now because that's so AWESOME!! :o
Man! Piper has always been one of my fave wrestlers. (and duh, of course I'm a They Live fan, too!!) He was exactly the type of wrestler I always wanted to be- a sarcastic, dirty player with the loudest mouth (well, next to jimmy hart that is...). :D I've been waiting to meet him! We've even gone to conventions or other events just to try and say hi but something always interferes with one of our schedules. One of us will end up canceling.
SoooooOOOOooo lucky! :D Can't wait to see this video.
ColdFusion (Guest) on 08/27/2010 7:03 pm
Hammy villains are always the nicest people irl. Just look at Mark Hamill.
HowardC on 08/27/2010 10:11 pm
Most wrestlers are really nice. I would love to meet hot rod one day. What I find particularly fascinating about him is the fact that he evolved into a legitimate actor. Sure other wrestlers have been put in films, even big-budget films (hulk hogan, the rock) but that never hid the fact that they were TERRIBLE actors, merely cashing in on their fame. Rod is different. He almost always did low-key films and always did a teriffic job in them, even the ones that were doomed from the start. (See frogtown.) They Live really should have gotten an oscar or something.
A word of advice though, if he offers you a coconut, SAY NO!
PoGo on 08/28/2010 1:59 am
you lucky son of an unnamed dog.
Sam on 08/28/2010 8:16 pm
HE DOES STAND-UP?
IXCE on 08/28/2010 9:50 pm
His hand says "I love you" and your hand says "Let's drink!"
-RoG- on 08/29/2010 12:57 pm
Thanks all, it really was an awesome time and I definitely felt like a lucky bastard to be a part of it.
Here's a group photo from the shoot that I thought you guys would like to see too:
MasterV on 08/29/2010 3:20 pm
Nice! I use the image from They Live as my avatar on here. He was awesome in that movie!
slangislayer on 08/30/2010 1:45 pm
Wow, no love for Hell comes to Frogtown or Last to surrender?
-RoG- on 08/30/2010 4:41 pm
MasterV - Yeah, that movie is an absolute classic. He's by far the best wrestler-turned-actor out there.
slangisslayer - Aroo? Check the end of my blog post, there's a link to our review of Hell Comes to Frogtown right there.
Andy (Guest) on 08/30/2010 6:16 pm
"They Live" is awesome. I thought the ending where 'he smiled right before he died because he knew he just screwed over those aliens' plan to dominate the Earth' was classic.
Andy (Guest) on 08/30/2010 6:18 pm
Whoops. On second thought, I think I shouldn't have spoiled it for people who didn't see it.
HowardC on 08/30/2010 8:20 pm
Dude.. this is i-mockery... rest assured we've all seen it.
MasterV on 08/30/2010 8:31 pm
Now we have to make sure that Hollyweird doesn't try to 'remake' it..that would be BAD!
dewman on 08/31/2010 1:07 pm
Roddy Piper looks like he's cleaned up well since being arrested for unpaid parking tickets in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
EchoCharlie on 08/31/2010 11:43 pm
I still remember his big feud with Rick Rude and the whole mouth wash incident(s)...
Dana Torres (Guest) on 09/01/2010 3:18 pm
Senor Shutter on 09/01/2010 3:18 pm
RoG I totally agree with you about the 80's being a "golden age of wrestling". I loved "Piper's Pit"! It was so much fun.
I glad to hear that he's a cool guy in person. Can't wait to see the FoD video.
Question: How many FoD videos have you been in now RoG? I know you were in, "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story", so is this your second FoD video or have you been in more?
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