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Pro wrestling legend Rowdy Roddy Piper dead at 61

The world of professional wrestling has lost another legend. This time, it is “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, one of the most colorful entertainers in WWE (WWF) history. He is survived by his wife Kitty and their four children. Our condolences deeply go out to them.

Anyone who is remotely familiar with professional wrestling knows the sacrifices Piper made to help catapult “sports entertainment” into the multi-billion dollar industry it is today. Piper, along with Hulk Hogan, Mr. T and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, co-headlined the very first Wrestlemania in 1984 at Madison Square Garden.

One of the most memorable highlights of Piper’s career was when he hit fellow WWE performer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka in the head with a coconut on his show, Piper’s Pit. What that did for Piper’s career, in terms of rising his stock as arguably the best heel (or bad guy) in wrestling was immeasurable.

As the world of sports and entertainment has reacted to Piper’s death, MMA’s top female athlete, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has dedicated tonight’s fight, August 1, at UFC 190 against Bethe Correia to Piper. She openly admits that “Rowdy” is an ode to Piper.

May the original “Rowdy” one rest in peace.

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