SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   Sun, December 14, 2003



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SummerSlam


Kevin Steen


Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fan Fest


Raw in Miami


Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame inductions


WWE Battleground


ROH in Detroit







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Going mano a mano over mike with Piper
By Cyrus


This past week on NWA-TNA I had the honor of being involved in a situation with the legendary Rowdy Roddy Piper. This was one of the highlights of my career, as Piper has been someone that I looked up to as a heel and as someone who has always made his living through interviews. The thought of getting to further my interaction with Roddy frankly lights a fire under me. Piper, of course, is no stranger to fans in Winnipeg, being the most famous graduate of Tony Condello's wrestling school. Piper briefly attended Windsor Park High School here and in fact, his picture is prominently displayed on its wall of fame. Piper quickly left Winnipeg to find fame and fortune in the United States, literally lighting territories on fire wherever he went.

After stints with the AWA, the NWA in Kansas City and Don Owen's Portland promotion, Piper was soon recognized as the hottest heel in the business, a guy who could certainly wrestle, but also brawl and could draw serious money simply by cutting a promo. A legend was born.

Many fans best remember Piper from his days as one of the cornerstones (along with Hulk Hogan) of Vince McMahon's WWF territory. Piper headlined WrestleMania 1 and 2, including engaging in a now famous boxing match with Mr. T.

Piper was also remembered for his Piper's Pit segments which really redefined the role of heels in many respects. Such legendary segments as Piper breaking a coconut over Jimmy Snuka's head (which sounds tame by today's standards) are woven into the history of the WWF. One thing is for certain: Piper's contribution to making WWE what it became is every bit as important as Hulk Hogan's.

Piper went on to draw some big money in WCW before going back to WWE for a brief run last year. I am personally glad that he is in TNA as I feel that he and I share a somewhat common beginning and the fact that both of us became known for our promos, although I would never compare myself to him.

For now, I can only dream the dream of a rookie wrestler. The dream to go mano a mano with Piper over the microphone for the world to witness. That is a battle that I may not win, but you can be sure that I would have fun trying.

K-5 NEWS

If you are interested in training to become a wrestler, manager, valet, announcer, referee or writer e-mail us at the NHB Training Centre at NHBwrestling@shaw.ca.....Check out Joe Aiello and me at Garbonzos today for NHB Wrestling Radio live on 92 CITI FM from 6-7 p.m.