WWE: 15 of the Best Editions of Roddy Piper's 'Piper's Pit' Segment
If there was ever a charismatic enigma of the 1970s and 1980s in professional wrestling, Roddy Piper would have fit that role to perfection.
The Canadian, professing to be a Scot, had the greatest gift for gab in wrestling. He made others look like school children when it came to doing ad-lib interviews. Some of the greatest stuff I have seen in wrestling involved Piper and Ric Flair trying to one-up each other.
Piper's Pit is as important to the development of the WWF as any one component. And while Hulk Hogan was scanning the masses for fans and gaining popularity, it was Piper who was stirring hate and discontent amongst wrestlers, picking fights and starting feuds.
He was a mastermind and a great character, and even today in his abbreviated stints on Raw, he still brings the house down.
In honor of his great work, here are 15 of the greatest "Piper's Pit" segments in WWF/WWE history.
Hillbilly Jim and Hulk Hogan
Hillbilly Jim was one of the more loved characters in the WWF. And for that reason, Piper was able to take the simplest motive and blow it up to be something more.
Piper had a way of getting under everyone's skin for insulting them in some form or fashion.
It's too bad we never saw these two in the ring. That two would have been magic. Imagine these two with microphones trying to commentate on WrestleMania or any other wrestling event.
Would it be chaos or instant success?
Steve Austin at WrestleMania XXI
You know this is something out of a great comedy act when someone like Stone Cold has to be able to keep up with Piper.
Remember, before you give the answers, he changes all the questions.
For everything SCSA is and was, Piper was even better.
John Cena's Heel Turn (the Beginning)
When I saw this, I truly thought Darth Vader entered the room.
And then nothing happened.
I was heartbroken, as were millions of fans. But Cena lives to fight another day, and everything in the WWE seems to be balancing.
But oh, what could have been.
Capt. Lou Albano and George 'the Animal' Steele
Just seeing Steele makes me laugh and happy to be an old-school wrestling fan.
And to see Captain Lou and Piper go at it word-for-word is one of the better exchanges in the Pit.
An instant classic. And Steele still rocks.
The Flower Shop vs. Piper's Pit
Adrian Adonis was a great performer and could play the "gay" wrestling role to a "T."
His Flower Shop vignettes were good, but they were never up to par with Piper.
But both could brawl with the best of them.
Piper and Hulk Hogan
This is something I find brilliant.
Both Piper and Hogan fed off each other and could cut a pretty damn good promo together.
This three-minute vignette shows there was magic when the two got together.
Roddy Piper Turns on Paul Orndorff
I love it because it shows Piper can change direction at any point.
It also shows how creative he truly was.
Piper Takes a Few Cheap Shots at Mr. T
The feud between T and Piper was awful in my opinion.
Never liked the idea and still don't. Mr. T was part of the Rock and Wrestling connection, but in my opinion, more could have been done by using another wrestler and trying to handle it that way.
Still, Hogan and Mr. T were magic for Vince McMahon.
Cyndi Lauper Pays a Visit to the WWF
It helped to promote the "Rock and Wrestling" connection.
I was 14 years old and had a major crush on Lauper (she's Jewish, you know).
But it really helped start bring the WWF to mainstream entertainment.
You don't really need to say anything about this one.
Ventura was gold on the mic and in the vignette.
And he was better at talking than wrestling. He and Piper were two golden voices in the 1980s for the WWF.
Raw Old School Rowdy Rody Piper
When Piper had a chance to say something to Cena, everyone stood up and took notice.
Piper is a voice of reason in this case, and when he spoke to Cena, it was golden voice versus the new image of wrestling.
It was lightning in a bottle.
The Tonga Kid Comes to Piper's Pit
It is the classic "Get even and defend the family" confrontation.
Jimmy Snuka was Tonga Kid's uncle. The battle with Snuka resulted in Piper smashing a coconut over the popular Islander's head.
Now, Tonga Kids must save the reputation of the family and make things right in wrestling.
It also gave Tonga Kid the push he needed in the WWF.
Andre Turns Heel
It changed the course of wrestling history at that time.
Andre and Hogan were friends. Andre was ill and getting older, and the torch was to be passed. This was the proper way for it to be done. A feud for the masses and a match at WrestleMania III that had everyone in wrestling talking truly put the WWF on the map.
This scene started it and changed how we watched wrestling even today.
Jimmy Snuka and the Coconut
I put this one first because it is pure evil genius.
Snuka, a proud islander, was attacked by his own heritage and showed just how evil and sick Piper was.
The WWF got lots of mileage out of feuds like this for years. Its creative team back then knew exactly which buttons to push to get perfection.
This was one of them.