Roderick Toombs

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Roderick George Toombs (born on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), best known by his stage name of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler of Scottish descent. His alter ego hails from Glasgow, Scotland, which included wearing a kilt and walking to the ring to bagpipe music. The Scottish surname Piper refers to one who plays the bagpipes. He earned the nickname "Rowdy" by displaying his trademark "Scottish" rage, spontaneity and quick wit, and is also called the "Rowdy Scot."



Toombs began wrestling at the age of 15. He was an extremely talented heel in the industry before going face in the World Wrestling Federation around 1987. At the 1992 Royal Rumble, Piper defeated the Mountie for the WWF Intercontinental Championship, but lost it soon after to Bret Hart at WrestleMania VIII.

Piper was always known for his charismatic attitude and ability to match wits with absolutely anyone, as well as holding a resilience in the ring matched only by a very few. In 1984 he was given his own interview segment called "Piper's Pit," in which he talked to other superstars, and which would frequently end in a fight between Piper and his guest. In one Piper's Pit interview with "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Piper attacked Snuka and hit him over the head with a coconut, then said, "just when they think they got the answers, I change the questions."

Later in 1996, Piper left the WWF for WCW. He appeared at "Halloween Havoc" to "break Hogan's monotony." In the fall of 2000, WCW terminated Piper's contract.

In November 2002, Piper's autobiography, In the Pit with Piper: Roddy Gets Rowdy, was released. At WrestleMania XIX in Seattle, WA, Piper ran in during the Hulk Hogan-Vince McMahon bloodbath, and attacked Hogan with a steel pipe. He brought back "Piper's Pit" on the April 10, 2003 edition of SmackDown!, and smashed a coconut over the head of Rikishi. Around the same time on RAW, Chris Jericho started "The Highlight Reel" a show similar to "Piper's Pit." In June 2003, WWE officially released Piper from his contract, after a controversial interview with HBO in which Piper discussed the darker side of the wrestling business.

In 2004 Piper appeared for the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling promotion, hosting several "In the Pit with Piper" interview segments. He also served as one of their NWA Championship Committee members, culminating in refereeing a match at their Final Resolution pay-per-view event.

On February 21, 2005, it was announced that Roddy Piper was to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 21, along with "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Jimmy Hart, and Hulk Hogan.

Piper also recently held an edition of "Piper's Pit" at Wrestlemania 21 where he interviewed Stone Cold Steve Austin. The interview was interrupted by Carlito Caribbean Cool, who was promptly beaten up by both Piper and Stone Cold.

Piper has acted in several movies through the years. His best-known role is as the hero of the 1988 John Carpenter science fiction film They Live. Notable in his movie appearances is his refusal to doff his wedding band for a role, despite the character he is portraying.

In April 2005, Piper co-presented "Celebrity Wrestling" in the United Kingdom on ITV. This Saturday evening reality show saw celebrities learn wrestling and compete in challenge matches. After a few week the programme was to be cancelled, but instead was moved to sunday morning to finish its final episodes.

Finishing/Signature Moves

Previous Managers


  • "Just when they think they got the answers, I change the questions!"
  • "Real men wear kilts."
  • "You ain't seen nothing yet!"
  • "I came to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and I'm all out of bubblegum!"
  • "You don't throw rocks at a man with a machine gun!"

Piper's Pit

Piper's Pit was an interview segment featuring Rowdy Roddy Piper which was mainstay on WWE (when WWF) television from 1984 to 1987, although Piper also hosted similar segments while wrestling for other promotions.

Piper's Pit returned during Piper's short return to the WWE in 2003.

In the Pit with Piper was introduced to TNA Wrestling after leaving the WWE.

Several memorable Pit moments:


  • The One and Only (1978)
  • Hell Comes to Frogtown (1987)
  • Body Slam (1987)
  • The Highwayman (1987)
  • They Live (1988)
  • Buy and Cell (1989)
  • The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage (1990)
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    Toombs the Actor
  • Tag Team (1991)
  • No Contest (1994)
  • Immortal Combat (1994)
  • Back in Action (1994)
  • Tough and Deadly (1995)
  • Terminal Rush (1995)
  • Marked Man (1995)
  • Jungleground (1995)
  • Sci-fighters (1996)
  • First Encounter (1997)
  • Dead Tides (1997)
  • Last to Surrender (1998)
  • The Bad Pack (1998)
  • Hard Time (1998)
  • Shepherd (1999)
  • Legless Larry and the Lipstick Lady (1999)
  • Jack of Hearts (2000)
  • Shut Up and Shoot! (2005)
  • Code Black (2005),
  • Cyber Meltdown (2005)


National Wrestling Alliance

World Wrestling Entertainment

World Championship Wrestling

World Class Championship Wrestling

Other Amateur Titles

  • Manitoba Amateur Wrestling Championship (167lb)

  • Piper has won several PWI Awards over the years. He won Most Inspirational in 1982, Most Hated Wrestler in 1984 and 1985, and Most Popular Wrestler in 1986. He was also involved in the Match of the Year in 1985 (Piper & Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan & Mr. T).

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