Rowdy Roddy Piper:
I don’t have any great personal stories about Roddy Piper. His heyday kind of came during a low point in my wrestling fandom. I had a lapse in interest between the rise of Hulk Hogan and the beginning of the Monday Night Wars. He was one of the greatest heels and greatest talkers in the history of the industry. He wrestled on the first Wrestlemania, teaming with Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. “Piper’s Pit” was the inspiration of many of the current wrestler-based interview segments. During one famous segment in 1984, he hit unindicted murderer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka in the head with a coconut.
This is my favorite story. Ronda Rousey had always had the nickname “Rowdy” among her friends, from childhood. Early in her MMA career, she refused to use it professionally, because she thought it would be disrespectful to Roddy Piper. Eventually, she met him in person and he gave her permission to use the “Rowdy” nickname. When she premiered in WWE, she appeared wearing Roddy’s jacket, given to her by his son.
And the best movie line ever:
Random Non-Wrestling Notes:
I spend a lot of time listening to podcasts. Back when I had a job, I would listen to them on the way to work, during work and on the way home from work. Headphones keep people from randomly trying to chat you up and will only come into your office if it is really important. Now I listen to them as I go to sleep and when I am working on the computer. I will recommend one this week that I think this group of misfits would enjoy. Go on your preferred podcast platform (I use Spotify) and search for “Crime in Sports”. “James Pietragallo & Jimmie Whisman are two comedians who take an unmerciful and hilarious look at athletes who have lost big games…with the law! Crime in Sports does the research, and finds the funny in the world of sports true crime”. While they have covered the obvious (Todd Marinovich, Oscar Pistorius, Lenny Dykstra, etc.) they also cover the obscure (Ralph “Blackie” Schwamb, Pedro “Pistola Pete” Ramos, etc.). A great listen for fans of sports and morons, which is the definition of our Venn Diagram. For every one of you who subscribe, I will receive $1.47. This is not true. Or is it? Or not? Or is it? Or not? Or is it? Or not?
On to the Brain Damage!
Now, this is all subject to change. Last week’s show got messed up with the global bastard taking out Lance Archer. WWE had to shuffle the hell out of Sunday’s Clash of Champions PPV after a global bastard outbreak at the Performance Center.
So, Brandi Rhodes has been running a YouTube series for over a year called “A Shot of Brandi”. It is a cooking/drinking show with guest wrestlers. This week, she hosted Tony Khan, the owner of AEW. They drank tequila and ate steaks together.
Yes, that is the owner of AEW. And Fulham FC. I’m going to call full “dude bro”.
- AEW Dynamite: 7:00pm TNT
- Yankees vs Indians: 6:00pm ESPN
- Brewers vs Dodgers: 9:oopm ESPN
- Heat vs Lakers: 8:00pm ABC
Let the beatings commence!