“Let’s get a little bit rowdy-
R-O-W-D-Y!” That is chanted at our fall football games by the cheerleaders as it’s a perfect lead in to today’s post. Never did I think “Rowdy Roddy Piper” would be part of any post on here but as you can see down below, he is. That pic of him and Warrior (I edited out Diamond Dallas Page, DDP sorry!) was part of their WCW team at War Games Fall Brawl back in 1998. I like to think that pic is genuine as the two of them had a few things in common I never realized. Some of you that know Roddy’s background may be aware of these few details, but here’s how I do.
Fans have mentioned in the U.W. Facebook group about when the “Most Wanted Treasures” of WWE featuring Ultimate Warrior gear will air on A & E. I am not sure either but I keep checking every week. Well, while scrolling through the content, some older biographies popped up. I DID remember wanting to watch “Hot Rod’s” but never got the chance. For some reason, his just stuck out (kind of like he did!) but now I know the reason why. Very grateful to have watched as some info on his life was new to me. I really did think he was from Scotland! ***Spoiler alert… *** He was such a scrapper of a wrestler and rightfully so. Much more of a brawler than the Brooklyn Brawler even! Both he and Warrior had difficult childhoods with fathers, both fought hard for themselves to succeed, both were rule breakers, and both used a talent to get into wrestling. For Roddy, it was playing the bagpipes and for Warrior it was lifting weights for bodybuilding. Not to forget how BOTH wrote constantly about promos, ideas, etc. which showed such creativity with their characters.
I wonder if they ever talked about each others pasts at all or those passions that helped transform their lives into a career? Maybe in “parts unknown” they are as Rod also commentated a few of U.W’s matches back in the WWF days. What a life Roddy Piper lived. I’m glad he had his wonderful family by his side and wow- such a career amid numerous injuries, pain, and sacrifices like many wrestlers have. I won’t list details… It was horrendous for him, as I am glad he survived to tell about it. When watching some of the bio, I did think of Warrior on many topics as I would never have guessed their commonalities. It was their way of thinking that got them through. Sure, I have mentioned MY similar things with Warrior plenty, but there are a few others in my life or who were in my life that I couldn’t have guessed forming a bond outside of a “main event!”
3 people have been written about on here already, but I have a few more to add with this list. Many years ago when my kids were little, they were in playgroups. I formed a close bond with one mother as we got to know each other better. Little did I know at the time how I went to grade school with her high school boyfriend! We actually grew up very close to each other and knew many of the same kids. We shared similar tastes in food, humor, and personalities, despite our children being the same age and us being in PTA together. You take a chance on a friendship while the universe does its thing. Unfortunately, we are not close today because of other personal issues but our kids first brought us together as moms. Another woman I met through the book club I attended for a few years. She was the same age as our leader, Pam. Again, no idea I’d have anything in common with her besides our love of that wonderful book we all discussed! As it turns out, she always wanted to get her own book published just like I did but had no idea on the process. She admired my determination and finally got her book on photography out into the world. Without spending time chatting about another book , never would I have known her talent and love as well as mine. ✍🏻📸📗
Those other 3 written about already in other posts are still a part of my life, just in different ways. I bet you can relate to this. There’s usually another person, topic, interest, or something that first connects both and then you find other personal memories that might be a surprise. Maybe Roddy and Warrior never talked, but they did share a few things in their pasts that would influence their futures. I am still excited when I find out a connector with a friend. Never am I one to copy, my passions are mine and many can be similar to another without knowledge until later on. (:
The trick is in order to find out anything, you have to be willing to share. This is another frustrating area for me to navigate but I’m getting better. Like I’ve said before, you can’t trust everyone but you also can’t go through life never trusting at all. We need the lessons. Also, you can share a little, but not your entire life story all at once. There will be stuff that is bad and none of us wants pity. At least I don’t and I know both Roddy and Warrior didn’t either. It’s great to share the good things though. Be proud, but don’t brag. Overtime, little by little, sharing becomes a two-way street and maybe you’ll even get a little bit ROWDY!
Who knows what other bios I will run across as I have seen a few now plus some of the “Most Wanted Treasures” episodes. I do my best to have an open mind and remain compassionate, like with Ultimate Warrior’s a few years ago. How is that 2 years already? Maybe a new post will come to this “ring” once U.W’s episode airs? Thank you HOT ROD for your exuberant self that made you the best villain to hate. I DID root for him sometimes~ always against Rick Rude! Both were part of U.W’s SummerSlam match in ’89! I hope he and Warrior maybe had a reunion of sorts where they are now but if not, that’s OK. My memories remain and this fall once again for the last season, I will chant that cheer proudly… Every time I would look at that sentence whether written or typed, I get teary… It’s gonna happen friends…
P.S. Roddy HAD other careers besides wrestling. I bet Warrior would love that as he always advocated everyone proving they could do so much more than one thing…
P.P.S. I called in to “80’s wrestling the podcast” AGAIN last week! It was all about “The Mount Rushmore of Wrestling” which is highly debatable and will forever be.. I am about 14 min. in so feel free to give it a listen on blog talk radio or however you get your podcasts. I WILL add though- yes-I will of course- but Undertaker should definitely be on one! We can have multiples ya know as well since it is generational.., 😉Who would be on yours??? 🤔Someone DID put Hot Rod on theirs and Ultimate Warrior’s name was listed.. He is not on mine but is in other ways… 🏻￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
You must be logged in to post a comment.